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.

Rev. Zenshin Greg Fain: Perfection of the Way. 7.27.14

Gaelyn Godwin: Balancing Five Faculties & Privilege. 7.20.14

Rev. Yazan Dave Johnson: The Importance of Play. 7.19.14

Rev. Mako Voelkel & Rev. Graham Ross: Trust Your Life. 7.13.14

Leo Golub: How I Found Zen. 7.6.14

Lynn Murphy: Yasodhara and Satsujo, Women of the Way. 6.29.14

Mary Edwards: Fear and Practice. 6.21.14

Rev. Ryoki Sato: Conditions for Healing. 6.15.14

Cathy Crouch: Habits and Practice. 6.8.14

Dale Kent: Subhuti and Emptiness. 6.1.14

Gaelyn Godwin: Simple, and elaborate. 5.25.14

Alan Senauke: The Bodhisattva Who Never Disparages Others. 5.18.14

Glen Duval: Fukanzazengi: How to Practice Zazen. 5.17.14

Rick Mitchell: Dharma Song. 5.11.14

Eric Arbiter: Zen Practice for the Long Haul. 5.4.14

Brother ChiSing: Power of Healing. 4.27.14

Tim Schorre: Turning Things Around. 4.26.14

Gaelyn Godwin: Jizo and Ghost Stories. 4.20.14

Parmita Bairi Derden: Ten Zen Bulls. 4.13.14


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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...


September 3 – November 19
6:30–7:30 pm

Led by Henderson Smith
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Learn the fundamentals of mind–body–breath practice. Tai Chi and Qigong offer everyday applications within a natural stress relief system.
See the events page to sign up.



Five Week Series
August 28 – September 25, 2014.
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Five Week Series
October 16 – November 13, 2014.
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Taught by the Abbot, Gaelyn Godwin, with the assistance of 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.