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 2013 archive. bell ringer Hoitsu
Previous year’s talks are under the Audio tab.

Dale Kent: The Power of Ritual. 11.16.14

Peter Coyote: No Way, No Seeking, No Mind. 11.2.14

Gaelyn Godwin: Accepting Things as They Are. 10.26.14

Tim Peaceful Forest Schorre: The Honeyball Sutra. 10.19.14

Gaelyn Godwin: Acceptance, Freedom & Liberation. 10.12.14

Gayle Jika Klaybor: Loving Kindness. 10.5.14

Louise Hokyo Dreyfus: Teaching Mindfulness to Young Adults. 9.28.14

Gaelyn Godwin: Teaching the Dharma to Children. 9.21.14

Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum: Compassion and Emptiness. 9.14.14

Brush Mind

Jan. 9 –11, 2015
Calligraphy in Person
Painting Peace: The Art and Life of Kazuaki Tanahashi
picture of Kaz Tanahashi Kaz is a great calligrapher, peace activist, translator and artist. We will also show the new film about Kaz, as a benefit for Kaz’ peace work as well as for the Center’s work.
Visit the events page for a full description of the events that will take place during Kaz’ visit.


Beginning November 11
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:00 pm

Led by Dale Kent
picture of Dale Kent Learn the Tai Chi form by following Dale as he moves through the form. See the events page for more information and to sign up.


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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.

photo of Abbot Gaelyn Godwin in the rain YEAR END APPEAL
Dear Friends and Members,

The year 2014 has been a full and bountiful year for your Center. Our growing membership, daily meditation practice, well–attended classes, workshops and special events led by visiting Zen teachers are all lively demonstrations of the vitality of Houston Zen Center.
All activities are made possible by the Center’s dedicated leadership and by your generous contributions of time, participation and membership dues and gifts.
We have only one request at the year’s end: With your help we can help pay the cost of replacing both heating & AC systems in the temple.
Thank you for considering keeping the meditation space warm and cozy (or cool and breezy in the summer).
Thank you very much for your participation and support.

Please click here to make a donation.

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...

Brian Burrell

Nov. 3 –Dec. 15, 2014
6 Mondays 7:00 – 8:30 pm
No Class December 1
picture of Brian Burrell This experiential class series provides the opportunity to explore mindfulness in dynamic, supportive group exercises. This is the second set of this popular series. The class is closed to new enrollment.



Three Week Series
December 9 – 23, 2014.
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Five Week Series
January 8 – February 5, 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.


Jan. 5–Feb. 9
6:30–8:30 pm
Led by Mike Keller &
Tricia McFarlin
picture of Mike Keller and Tricia McFarlin This class is an exploration of an important text by the Tibetan Rimpoche, Chogyam Trungpa.
Each class begins with a half–hour meditation period.
See the events page to sign up.