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.


If you are new to Zen or meditation, photo of Judson Dunn please come to our Wednesday introduction. We offer a one–hour introduction on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Taught by Assistant Teacher Cathy Crouch and Judson Dunn (above.) There is no charge and everyone is welcome.

led by
Abbot Gaelyn Godwin &
Kogen Glen Duval
November 9, 16 & 30
December 7, 14 & 21

6 Wednesdays 6:30–8:30 pm

Most of our fear arises from fear of death.
As essential part of spiritual practice is to face the fact of our inevitable death and prepare for it. To do this can be a gift to our family and friends.
These classes include meditations on death, writing advance directives, learning about the biological facts of death, and watching a few compelling videos.
You may attend one or all of the classes. New material will be covered in each class. picture of Parinirvana
The series is $100, $60 for members. $25 per class, $15 for members.

picture of Jukai Ceremony at Houston Zen Center

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

This Coming Events Calendar is updated frequently.

led by Tricia McFarlin
October 18 – November 22, 2016

6 Tuesdays 6:30–8:30 pm

This class is designed for those who have taken the series of classes, Introduction to Zen Meditation.
Anyone who has meditation experience is also welcome. The class is an introduction to some basic Buddhist concepts, including Impermanence, Inter–dependence, the Bodhisattva Vow, and Dependent Co–arising and Emptiness.
Each evening will begin with a period of meditation followed by a discussion of the evening’s topic.

picture of Tricia McFarlin

Tricia McFarlin is the President of the Board of Directors of HZC and holds a doctorate in English Literature. She teaches English Literature at Awty International School.

Cost is $100 for the 6–week series, $50 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.

Basic Buddhist Concepts

Saturday November 12, 2016 8:00 – 11:00 am
picture of Walk to Feed the Hungry Join us (and other Buddhist and Christian denominations) in a gentle walk down Heights Esplanade. Every fall in multiple cities, Buddhist Global Relief organizes walk events to help raise funds for programs that provide direct aid, develop sustainable food production, promote education for girls and women, and give women opportunities for right livelihood. Registration begins 8am, the walk itself at 9am.

This year Bhikkhu Bodhi, picture of Bhikkhu Bodhia renowned monk and scholar – and the founder of Buddhist Global Relief will come to Houston to lead the walk. Bhikkhu Bodhi will offer other teachings in Houston. Stay tuned, times and dates of other events will be posted as more information flows in.

You will soon be able to register to participate in the walk here:
Once registered to participate in the walk, you will be provided with a link that you can send to your friends and family to ask for their support. Updated information will also be posted at the above link. Donations by cash or check are also accepted and can be arranged by emailing Gyōshin Dan Le . Everyone is invited to participate by registering to walk, donating, or volunteering!
May all beings be happy, may they be joyous and live in safety, and may they be free from suffering.


November 30 – December 7, 2016
Deepen meditation practice photo of Royce Johnson signalling for meditation and gather the mind during this 7–day intensive meditation practice led by Abbot Gaelyn Godwin.
Sesshin begins Sunday night at 7:00 pm. The hours Monday – Saturday are 5:30 am – 9:00 pm. Sesshin comes to an end after the ceremony of Buddha’s Enlightenment at noon on Sunday December 6.
Download the Registration Form here.
If this is your first sesshin with HZC, please email Kogen Glen Duval, or call the Center 713–869–1952.
Participation in part of the sesshin is possible if you cannot join for the entire 7 days. Participation in at least 2 one–day sittings is required before joining this sesshin.

You may send a check with your registration application or use PayPal options, below.
$195 plus $70 for housing. HZC Member price is $95 plus $35 for housing. Partial participation is $40 per day/$30 for members. Oryoki bowls are available for rental ($15 for sesshin, $6 per day) or purchase $45. Three partial scholarships are available. Email Parmita, to inquire about a partial scholarship.

Rohatsu Sesshin
led by Zengetsu Vicki Glenn
September 6–October 11, 2016

6 Tuesdays 6:30–8:30 pm

An introductory level course that is of interest to everyone, advanced students as well as beginners.
picture of the Avalokitesvara The Six Perfections are Generosity, Ethical Behavior, Patience, Energy, Meditation & Wisdom. Zen meditation is interwoven with these practices. In this class we explore both the everyday meaning of these teachings as well as the deep understanding that grows in Zen meditation.
The instructor is the Ino, or Head of the Meditation Hall, of Houston Zen Center as well as the teacher of the sewing class during which practitioners prepare the ceremonial robe, or rakusu that is received during precepts ceremonies.
Sign up for the class below. The class is open to everyone. It is an introductory to intermediate level class.

6 Perfections