Our tendency is to be interested in something that is growing in the garden, not in the bare soil itself. But if you want to have a good harvest, the most important thing is to make the soil rich and cultivate it well.
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi


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Listen to recent talks given at HZC by various teachers in mp3 format. Click the talk below to play.
Archived talks are available: ring the bell to go to the 2015 archive. bell ringer Hoitsu
Previous year’s talks are under the Audio tab.

Lynn Murphy: The Four. 5.15.16

Daigaku Rummé Roshi: Zazen and Repentance. 5.8.16

Gaelyn Godwin: Clearly Observing the Ground. 5.1.16

One Day Sitting

Saturday June 11
8:00 am – 3:00 pm

A day of Zen meditation photo of Christian Dillo co–led by Rev. Zenki Christian Dillo Abiding Teacher of Crestone Mountain Zen Center.
Rev. Zenki will speak on Fully Engaging Body and Mind. The day includes sitting and walking meditation, formal lunch and a dharma talk. Everyone is welcome.
If this is your first all–day sitting, please call the Center and speak to Kogen Glen Duval, the Head of Practice. Click here for more classes. Sign up for the sitting by Paypal (below) or at the Center.

June 11

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picture of the Zen Center building in the Heights


Welcome to Houston Zen Center, an urban refuge for the study and practice of Zen meditation. The Center is open every day except Friday for meditation.
The Abbot, Senior Teachers and members of the Center offer classes and retreats throughout the year for beginners and advanced meditators, on Zen, mindfulness, gardening, Tai Chi and other practices.
The Center’s members come from all walks of life and all faith traditions.

The Daily Meditation Schedule is listed here on the PRACTICE link. For a Google map and directions to the Center, click here: MAP AND DIRECTIONS. The MONTHLY CALENDAR can be downloaded here.(Pdf 816KB) It lists the month’s current events.



If you are new to Zen or meditation, photo of member in sitting posture wearing robes please come to the one–hour introduction on the first Wednesday of each month. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. Click here for more classes...



June 19, Sunday
12:00 – 2:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the use of oryoki? photo of formal Zen bowls for eating Join Koun Matt Brownlie and Abbot Gaelyn Godwin in a review of the oryoki form.
Sign up at the Center, or leave a message, (713) 869–1952.



Five Week Series
May 26 – June 23, 2016.
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Next Five Week Series
July 7 – August 4, 2016.
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Taught by the Abbot, Gaelyn Godwin, and Gyōshin Dan Le, this class is for people new to calligraphy symbol for wake up
meditation, as well as those who want to establish a regular practice. The series provides an introduction to Zen theory and practice. Each class includes discussion and meditation. See the events page to sign up and for full class listings.


May 5 – July 27, 2016
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Led by Henderson Smith
picture of Henderson Smith Experience the healthful benefits of Tai Chi and Chi Kung with the guidance of an excellent certified teacher, Henderson Smith.
The classes are $15 each for 13 weeks. Three free classes for those who sign up for the entire series at $150.
You can pay at the class or use Paypal here.

May 4-July 27