CLASSES

Classes at Houston Zen Center are taught by the Abbot, Gaelyn Godwin, and by senior members of HZC. There is a modest charge for classes but scholarships are readily available. No one is turned away for lack of funds. The Tanto, Kogen Glen Duval will answer any questions about costs and scholarships.

Classes are open to everyone and are generally designed for all levels of practice experience from beginners to experienced meditators, unless otherwise specified in the class description.


TAI CHI CHI KUNG
A Series of 4 classes

Sept. 20 & 27
Oct. 18 & 25

Saturdays, 9:30 – 11:00 am
Taught by Rev. Dale Kent

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Join us at the Center for a series of Tai Chi and Chi Kung classes.
Dale will lead the class through a series of Chi Kung warm–ups and introduce the first movements of the Yang style Tai Chi form.
All levels are welcome to this healthful and meditative experience.
Dale is an ordained Zen priest, and has been practicing Chi Kung and Tai Chi Chuan since 2004. He has been trained as a teacher by Dr. Yang, Jwing–Ming, an important master. Dale has taught classes and workshops around the country.

Cost is $60 for the series, $20 for individual classes. $50 for HZC members; $15 per class. Register by Paypal (below), at the Center or by phone 713–869–1952.

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Class Series
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Calendar of Events
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This Coming Events Calendar is updated frequently.

COOKING WITH DALE
Saturday, October 11

1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Zen Priest (and cook) Rusan Dale Kent

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Learn the art of vegetarian cooking, practice mindfulness in the Zen kitchen, and enjoy sharing delicious food prepared together.

Dale Kent, pictured left* in the Tassajara kitchen, is a Zen priest in residence at Houston Zen Center. He spent many years cooking at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery where he was the head of the kitchen (Tenzo) for two years.
He is co–author of the cookbook Tassajara Dinners and Desserts and has been featured in many culinary magazines and other publications.
All levels of cooking experience are welcome, no prior cooking experience is necessary. Sign up below or at the Center.
*Photo by Robert Erdmann.

Cooking Class
16 BODHISATTVA PRECEPTS
A 2–Part Series
led by Senior Teacher Kogen Glen Duval
Part Two: September 30 – October 28

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Senior Teacher Kogen Glen Duval leads a series of discussions on the ethical core of Zen practice. The practice of Zen meditation allows us to sit upright iin the middle of our lives. When we glimpse our true relationship with all beings, this inevitably leads to an ethical way of life. What are the basic Zen ethics? Explore the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts in this class.
This is an intermediate level class. It is recommended that participants complete the Introduction to Zen series before enrolling in this class.
Each class begins with meditation, followed by a presentation on each precept and discussion.

Part One includes an Introduction and classes on the Three Refuges and Three Pure Precepts.
Part Two includes 5 classes on the 10 Clear Mind, or Grave, Precepts. Two precepts will be discussed each class.

Cost is $50 for Part Two, a 5–week series, $25 for members of HZC. Three scholarships are available, just let the Ino know that you are requesting a scholarship. Register by Paypal (below), by phone 713-869-1952, or in person at HZC.

16 Bodhisattva Precepts
QIGONG & TAI CHI
September 3 –
November 19, 2014

8 Wednesdays
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Mastering Yourself with
Moving Meditation

Taught by Henderson Smith

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Improve your health with Movement. Enhance the quality of your life with Mindfulness. Active your capacity for self–improvement with the Power of Breath.

Good for those with a busy lifestyle, Tai Chi and Qigong have been evaluated by the American Medical Association and backed by extensive research. Easy to do yet effective for mental and physical wellbeing, this practice is perfect for those just beginning to exercise and even for those engaged in extreme excellence training.
All you need to participate is the mind–body–breath you were born with and the desire to access your hidden potential.

Henderson J. Smith, Jr. is an IIQTC & NQA Certified Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher.

A minimum of 10 participants must sign up by August 27 to confirm the class.
Cost is $150 for the 12–week series, $15 for individual classes. Register by Paypal (below), by phone 713–869–1952, or call Henderson directly 713–412–2157.

Tai Chi Qigong
ZEN & INTEGRAL MINDFULNESS
A 6–Week Course
led by Brian Burrell
September 8 – October 13, 2014
7:00 – 8:30 pm.
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The class is on–going and closed to new enrollment. Stay tuned for the next series.
Kosen Brian Burrell is a personal coach, community and workshop leader, certified at the highest level by The Integral Center of Boulder in Intersubjective Meditation and Authentic Relating (AR) facilitation. A long–time Zen practitioner, and member of HZC, he lived, studied, and practiced at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Green Gulch Farm, and San Francisco Zen Center from 2000–2004. He holds a BA in psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio and studied graduate Cognitive Science at SUNY–Binghamton. He is a certified yoga teacher. His dharma name, Kosen, means River of Light.