Classes at Houston Zen Center are taught by the Abbot, Gaelyn Godwin, and by senior members of HZC. There is a modest charge for classes but scholarships are readily available. No one is turned away for lack of funds. The Tanto, Kogen Glen Duval will answer any questions about costs and scholarships.

Classes are open to everyone and are generally designed for all levels of practice experience from beginners to experienced meditators, unless otherwise specified in the class description.

led by Mike Keller
Oct. 14–Nov. 25, 2015

6 Wednesdays: 6:30–8:30 pm

This class is an exploration of a text by the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche.
Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior focuses on dharma talks describing a process of inner growth that starts with intuition of one’s basic worth and goodness, acquired through meditation.
It is the Bodhisattva path but presented in a secular rather than a religious context. Trungpa hopes that through this practice, ‘the goodness in everyone’s heart can be realized without doubt.’

Each evening begins with a period of meditation followed by a discussion. The text is available for purchase at the Center.

picture of Mike Keller

Mike Keller is a long time practitioner of meditation. His experience includes practice at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Green Gulch Farm, as well as extensive study in Sufism. He holds a doctorate in English Literature.

Sacred Path
picture of Jukai Ceremony at Houston Zen Center

Calendar of Events
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This Coming Events Calendar is updated frequently.

photo of Taigen Leighton
Dongshan and the Practice of Suchness

October 23 – 25, 2015

Taigen Dan Leighton is the author and translator (with Shohaku Okumura) of some of the most important texts on Zen, especially on Dogen the founder of Zen in Japan.
His latest book, Just This Is It, will be the focus of Taigen’s visit. Copies will be available for purchase and study.
Dongshan’s writings on suchess, that is, the ultimate true nature inherent in all appearance, are essential teachings in Zen.

Friday, October 23, 6:30 pm
HZC sponsors a reception to meet Taigen Leighton. Everyone is welcome!
Saturday, October 24, 9 am – 3 pm
Taigen leads a One Day Practice Intensive to study and meditate on the teaching stories (koans) on suchness. Sign up at the Center or below, through PayPal. $80 for the day, includes lunch. $35 for HZC members.
Sunday, October 25, 9:45 am
The Dharma Talk will be give by Taigen and it is open to all.

Saturday Intensive
led by Shinji Mary Carol Edwards & Kishin Eric Arbiter
Oct. 13–Nov. 17, 2015

6 Tuesdays: 6:30–8:30 pm

Senior members Mary Carol Edwards and Kishin Eric Arbiter lead a series of discussions on the ethical core of Zen practice. The practice of Zen meditation allows us to sit upright in the middle of our lives. When we glimpse our true relationship with all beings, this inevitably leads to an ethical way of life. What are the basic Zen ethics? Explore the 16 Bodhisattva Precepts in this class.
picture of Mary Carol Edwards This is an intermediate level class. It is recommended that participants complete the Introduction to Zen series before enrolling in this class.
Each class begins with picture of Eric Arbiter meditation, followed by a presentation on each precept and discussion.

The series begins with an introduction followed by classes on the Three Refuges and Three Pure Precepts.

Sign up at the Center or below through PayPal.
$100 basic, $50 members of HZC. Three scholarships are available. Email Secretary if you would like a scholarship.

16 Bodhisattva Precepts
8 Mondays, October 5 - November 23, 6:30p-8:30pm

Houston Zen Center is honored to host Dialogue: Racism photo of people presented by the Center for Healing Racism.
The eight–week program provides a safe, respectful, and loving environment where participants can explore the issues of racism, learn new information, share experiences, dispel fears and guilt, get to know each other, and come together.

Information is provided by facilitators on defining racism, where it originates, how it’s perpetuated, and positive ways to overcome and heal.
Participants are then encouraged to dialogue with guidelines that promote deep listening and understanding.
Registration is free and open to the public, and donations to the Center for Healing Racism are encouraged.
For more information about the program, visit Center for Healing Racism, or call 713.520.8226.

Seats are limited, so register early!
To register online, click here: REGISTRATION for Dialogue: Racism at HZC.

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Zen Practice for a focused group of Practitioners

September 2015 – April 2016

Led by HZC Assistant Teachers Kogen Glen Duval, Hokyo Louise Dreyfus and Peaceful Forest Tim Schorre.

Prerequisite: 6 months attendance at HZC events or permission of Instructors.
For people who are ready to deepen practice with the support of a Sangha (community of practitioners) within the larger Sangha, Zen Center offers an extended program that introduces a full range of practice.
The course extends over 3 sections, or semesters. We recommend that everyone begin at the beginning.

The first meeting is Sunday, September 13, 1–4 pm
We will gather to meet the teachers and each other. Thereafter, we will meet:

  • One Sunday afternoon per month
  • One evening meeting monthly for 1.5 hours
  • Twice monthly peer group meetings
  • Individual Practice Discussion throughout the program
  • Large group meetings
  • Evening classes

Applications are available at the Center and by request from Kogen Glen Duval.
Cost: $200/semester basic fee; $80/semester members of HZC for 3 months or more.