Strictly speaking, there are no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity.
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 2014 archive. bell ringer Hoitsu
Previous year’s talks are under the Audio tab.

Dojin Sarah Emerson: Loving Kindness. 5.11.15

Tom Jitsudo Biddle: The Edge of Practice, Part I. 5.10.15

Tom Jitsudo Biddle: The Edge of Practice, Part II. 5.10.15

Kishin Eric Arbiter: Not Knowing. 5.3.15

Gaelyn Godwin: The Center of our Experience. 4.26.15

Tricia McFarlin:Origins of the Buddha. 4.19.15

Gaelyn Godwin: Using What is at Hand. 4.18.15

Gaelyn Godwin: The Moon. 4.12.15

Yazan Dave Johnson: Play and Buddhism. 4.5.15

Vicki Glenn: Wholesome Inquiry. 3.29.15

Gaelyn Godwin: Confirmation and Verification. 3.22.15

Cameron Armstrong: The Inconceivable. 3.15.15

Rusan Dale Kent: Kindfulness. 3.14.15


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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 our Wednesday introduction. We offer a one–hour introduction on December 10th. (It is on the first Wednesday of other months). It begins at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. Click here for more classes...


May 18–June 22
6:30–8:30 pm
Led by Mike Keller &
Tricia McFarlin
picture of Mike Keller and Tricia McFarlin This class is an introduction to some basic Buddhist concepts: impermanence, inter–dependence, the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path and more.
Each class begins with a half–hour meditation period.
See the events page to sign up.



Five Week Series
June 18 – July 16, 2015.
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Next Five Week Series
Sept. 3 – Oct. 1, 2015
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Taught by the Abbot, Gaelyn Godwin, and Gyoshin 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.