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Gaelyn Godwin: Supported by the Path. 8.23.15

Matt Brownlie: Three Characteristics of Phenomena. 8.16.15

Vicki Glenn: Form and Meaning. 8.9.15

Eric Arbiter: Honoring Dogen, the Founder of Zen in Japan. 8.2.15

Dialogue: Racism

8 Mondays, Oct. 5–Nov. 23
6:30–8:30 pm

The Houston Zen Center is honored to host Dialogue: Racism presented by the Center for the Healing of Racism. The eight–week program provides a safe, respectful, and loving environment where participants can explore the issues of racism and learn new information.
Click here for more information...

AUDIO FILES continued

Greg Fain: The Utility of Zen. 7.26.15

Glen Duval: The Central Question. 7.19.15

Gaelyn Godwin: Sesshin First Day: Flowers in the Sky. 7.8.15

Mary Carol Edwards: Sesshin Second Day: Causation. 7.9.15

Gaelyn Godwin: Sesshin Third Day: Bodhidharma. 7.10.15

Gaelyn Godwin: Sesshin Fourth Day: Cease all Involvements. 7.11.15

Mary Carol Edwards: Sesshin Fifth Day: The Dance of Kinhin 7.12.15

Gaelyn Godwin: The 100 Grasses. 7.5.15

Zenki Christian Dillo: Appearance and Disappearance. 6.28.15

Gaelyn Godwin: The Chain of Causation. 6.21.15

Mary Carol Edwards: How I Came to Zen. 6.20.15

Dojin Sarah Emerson: The True Human Body. 6.14.15

Kokyo Henkel: What Dharma Transmission Means. 6.7.15

Brandon Lamson: Independency and Poetry. 5.31.15


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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 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...


Sept. 1–Oct. 6
6 Tuesdays 6:30–8:30 pm
Led by Tricia McFarlin
picture of Tricia McFarlin This class is an exploration of the teachings of the important Zen teacher Charlotte Joko Beck, using her book, Nothing Special: Living Zen. Copies are available at the Center.
Each class begins with a half–hour meditation period.
See the events page to sign up.


Good news: We are half way to the goal. photo of Gaelyn Godwin in hardhat Please consider contributing to help Zen Center complete some important repairs to the grounds and buildings.
Volunteer to paint or select from the drop–down menu below to contribute with a click here.
Thank you for your on–going support of the Center.

Detailed descriptions of the work is available here.

Foundation and Sidewalk



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

Next Special Three Week Series
Dec. 9 – 23, 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.

One Day Sitting

Saturday September 12
8:00 am – 3:00 pm

A day of Zen meditation photo of formal Zen bowls for eating co–led by Abbot Gaelyn Godwin and Zen Priest Yazan Dave Johnson. 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Sitting and walking meditation, formal lunch and a dharma talk will be offered. Everyone is welcome. If this is your first all–day sitting, please call the Center and speak to Kogen, the Head of Practice. Click here for more classes. Sign up for the sitting by Paypal (below) or at the Center.

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