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.

September 3 –
November 19, 2014

8 Wednesdays
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Taught by Henderson Smith

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Learn the fundamentals of Tai Chi and Qigong as a mind–body–breath practice and healthy self–reliance modality. This is fun practice time for those curious about the power of breath and moving meditation. Learn everyday applications and practice a natural stress relief system.

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 $180 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
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Calendar of Events
Check what’s coming in future months:

This Coming Events Calendar is updated frequently.

The Thousand Arms and Eyes of Kannon
Robert Rosenbaum, Ph.D.
  • September 12, 6:30 pm. Teachings on the Tao Te Ching & Buffet Dinner
  • September 13, Saturday Qigong Workshop: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • September 14, Sunday Dharma Talk: 9:30 am – The Heart of Wisdom Sutra
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Everyone is welcome to all events. (There is a fee for the Saturday workshop.) Therapists, caregivers, Zen and qigong practitioners – from beginning to advanced practitioners are welcome to attend all events.

Robert Rosenbaum, Ph.D. received lay entrustment as a Zen teacher from Sojun Mel Weitsman, Abbot of Berkeley Zen Center, and is authorized as a senior teacher of Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong in the lineage of Yang Meijun by Master Hui Liu of the Wen Wu School.

He has 30 years experience as a neuropsychologist, psychotherapist, and behavioral medicine specialist.
He introduced qigong practice to Kaiser Permanente’s health education program, and it has spread throughout northern California clinics; he also developed a mindfulness–based chronic pain management program and supervised neuropsychological services. He is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and the book Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy and has recently completed a book on the Tao Te Ching titled Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching.

Cost is $80 for the Saturday workshop, $35 for members of HZC. All other events free, donations gratefully accepted.
Register by Paypal (below), by phone 713-869-1952, or in person at HZC.

September 13
A 2–Part Series
led by Senior Teacher Kogen Glen Duval
Part One: July 8 – 29, 2014
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 will have 5 classes on the 10 Clear Mind, or Grave, Precepts. Two precepts will be discussed each class.

Cost is $50 for Part One, a 4–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
A 6–Week Course
led by Mike Keller & Tricia McFarlin
June 25 – July 30, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm.
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Designed for intermediate practitioners and for those who have taken the Introduction to Zen Meditation series of classes, this class is centered around a collection of writings by Ajahn Chah.

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Through patient and mindful observation of our everyday mental experience, we can gradually discover who we truly are and become free of suffering. This is the simple message, elaborated in great detail, of Ajahn Chah, Jack Kornfield’s Thai teacher.
Ajahn Chah says, ‘The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement.’ We have everything within ourselves to realize this serenity. The class is for intermediate students who would like to experiment with deepening their practice.
It will begin with a half–hour of meditation. The text is available for purchase at the Center.

Tricia McFarlin (above left) is the Vice–President of the Board of Directors and the Membership Director of Houston Zen Center. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and is an experienced meditator.

Mike Keller (above right) is a long time practitioner of meditation and a senior practitioner at Houston Zen Center. His experience includes practice at Zen monastaries as well as extensive study in Sufism.

Cost is $75 for the 6 week series, $35 for members of HZC. Two 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.

Exploring the Heart