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.

Kosho McCall: 83 Problems. 4.24.16

Kosho McCall: On Compassion. 4.23.16

Eric Arbiter: Koan Practice. 4.17.16

Gaelyn Godwin: Just Refrain. 4.10.16

Rick Mitchell: Taking the Path of Zen. 4.3.16

Glen Duval: Faith and Practice. 3.27.16

Gaelyn Godwin: Let’s Get in Formation. 3.20.16

Parmita Derden: Interrconnectedness and Indra’s Net. 3.13.16

Cathy Crouch: Inanimate Objects Teach Dharma. 3.6.16

Brad Warner: Zen Master Dogen: FAQ about Zazen. 2.28.16

Reb Anderson: Retreat talks on Precious Mirror Awareness: The Intimate Transmission of the Buddhas. First day: 2.17.16


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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...

One Day Sitting

Saturday May 21
8:00 am – 3:00 pm

A day of Zen meditation photo of formal Zen bowls for eating co–led by Abbot Gaelyn Godwin, Roshi, and Glen Duval, Tanto/Head of Practice.
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.

May 21



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.