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.

Choro Carla Antonaccio: Forms and Resistance. 10.16.16

Gaelyn Godwin: Are You Doing What You Want To Do? 10.9.16

Colin Gipson: Realization and Conceptualization. 10.2.16

Retire the Mortgage

Report from The Board picture of the Kwan Yin October Report:
The effort to Retire the Mortgage has resulted in an incredible outpouring of support from friends and members of the Zen Center.
Your generosity has been so very gratifying! We have raised approximately $80,000 toward our goal of $400,000 and have made our first (of five) yearly payments.
Every donation, of whatever amount whatsoever, has strengthened your Zen Center and moved us closer to the goal of retiring the mortgage and beginning our plans to expand the Center in order to provide the classes and retreats that you request.
We will provide a link to a more detailed page, along with ways to make offerings and donations on–line, in the very near future.

AUDIO FILES continued

Karl Singler: Herding the Ox. 9.25.16

Gaelyn Godwin: Ceremonies: Precepts and Oryoki. 9.24.16

Glen Duval: The Meaning of Place. 9.18.16

Betty Holmes: Reactivity. 9.11.16

Mary Carol Edwards: Neither Good Nor Bad. 9.4.16


The Pivotal Activity of All Buddhas

February 14–19, 2017
Zen Master and founder of Houston Zen Center, picture of Reb Anderson teaching
Reb Anderson Roshi leads a 5–day retreat at HZC.

A weekend option is available, February 17–19, 2017, but priority is given to 5–day registration. Please email the Tanto, Glen Duval to check availability of weekend space.
Download the REGISTRATION FORM and send it in with a $100 deposit to secure your place.

This year we must require a minimum number of participants, 35, by January 1, 2017 in order to schedule this wonderful event.

5–day Retreat: $425/$325 HZC members.

Retreat with Reb Anderson

Click for more information about SZBA

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). 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...


November 6
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.


Oct. 5 – Nov. 30, 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 9 weeks. One free class for those who sign up for the entire series at $120.
A minimum of 8 participants is necessary to guarantee the class.
You can pay at the class or use Paypal here.

Oct. 5-Nov. 30



Special Three Week Series
December 8, 15 & 22, 2016.
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Five Week Series
January 5 – February 2, 2017.
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.

Brian Burrell

Oct. 17 – Nov. 28, 2016
6 Mondays 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.


led by Abbot Gaelyn Godwin
& Kogen Glen Duval
November 9, 16 & 30
December 7, 14 & 21
6 Wednesdays 6:30–8:30 pm
The Abbot and Tanto/Head of Practice lead 6 classes on an essential part of spiritual practice: facing the fact of our inevitable death and preparing for it. To do this work can be a gift to our family and friends.

Click here for more information and to sign up for the series or for single classes.
picture of Parinirvana