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Listen to recent talks given at HZC by various teachers in mp3 format. Click the talk below to play.
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Previous year’s talks are under the Audio tab.

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


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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. 2 – No. 25, 2015
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 a certified teacher, Henderson Smith. Click QIGONG SCHEDULE for more information.



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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