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 2016 archive. bell ringer Hoitsu
Previous year’s talks are under the Audio tab.

Abbot Gaelyn Godwin: How the Mind Works. 6.19.16

Zenki Christian Dillo: The Six Senses. 6.12.16

Brian Burrell

July 5 – August 2, 2016
5 Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 pm
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The theme of the class is the close relationship between yoga postures and sitting meditation. Click here for more information and to sign up.

AUDIO FILES continued

Zenki Christian Dillo: Fully Engaging Body and Mind. 6.11.16

Rick Mitchell: What is a Practice Period. 6.5.16

Tricia McFarlin: Wholehearted Engagement. 5.29.16


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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). It lists the month’s current events.



If you are new to Zen or meditation, photo of Cathy Crouch please come to the one–hour introduction on the first Wednesday of each month, taught by Cathy Crouch (above) and Judson Dunn. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. Click here for more classes...

THE THIRTY VERSES on Transformation of the Mind

June 6–25, 2016
2 Wednesdays 6:30–8:30 pm
2 Saturdays 9:15 – 10:30 am

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Part of the 2016 Ango Practice Period, classes on the Thirty Verses of Vasubandu provide an introduction to and illumination of the process of thinking, concept making, and transformation.
Taught by Abbot Gaelyn Godwin and Shuso Rick Mitchell.
See the events page for more information and to sign up.



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

Next Five Week Series
September 1 – 29, 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.


June 26
8:20 – 11:00 am

picture of Mary Carol Edwards Mary Carol Edwards, Head Gardener, and Vicki Glenn, Head of the Zendo, will lead us in a morning of temple and garden care and practice.
We begin with a brief morning service (chanting), followed by indoor and outdoor activities. Everyone is encouraged to join in the Zen practice of working together.