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.


If you are new to Zen or meditation, photo of Judson Dunn please come to our Wednesday introduction. We offer a one–hour introduction on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Taught by Assistant Teacher Cathy Crouch and Judson Dunn (above.) There is no charge and everyone is welcome.

led by
Kogen Glen Duval &
Peaceful Forest Tim Schorre
September 12–October 10, 2016

5 Mondays 6:30–8:30 pm

An introductory level course that is of interest to everyone, advanced students as well as beginners.
picture of the Path The Four Noble Truths are the Buddha’s profound description of the human situation. These four core teachings describe and explore the truths of our human situation, including the suffering that happens in every life, the misunderstandings that can prolong or increase suffering and more misunderstandings, as well as the path to liberate our minds from suffering.
To understand this process is to be liberated from habitual patterns.
Sign up for the class below. The class is open to everyone. It is an introductory to intermediate level class.

To access a free pdf copy of Bhikkhu Bodhi’s commentary (pdf), on The Noble Eightfold Path, click here.

4 Noble Truths
picture of Jukai Ceremony at Houston Zen Center

Calendar of Events
Check what’s coming in future months:

This Coming Events Calendar is updated frequently.

led by Tricia McFarlin
October 18 – November 22, 2016

6 Tuesdays 6:30–8:30 pm

This class is designed for those who have taken the series of classes, Introduction to Zen Meditation.
Anyone who has meditation experience is also welcome. The class is an introduction to some basic Buddhist concepts, including Impermanence, Inter–dependence, the Bodhisattva Vow, and Dependent Co–arising and Emptiness.
Each evening will begin with a period of meditation followed by a discussion of the evening’s topic.

picture of Tricia McFarlin

Tricia McFarlin is the President of the Board of Directors of HZC and holds a doctorate in English Literature. She teaches English Literature at Awty International School.

Cost is $100 for the 6–week series, $50 for members of HZC. Two scholarships are available, just let the Ino know that you are requesting a scholarship. Register by Paypal (below), by phone 713-869-1952, or in person at HZC.

Basic Buddhist Concepts

Saturday November 12, 2016 8:00 – 11:00 am
picture of Walk to Feed the Hungry Join us (and other Buddhist and Christian denominations) in a gentle walk down Heights Esplanade. Every fall in multiple cities, Buddhist Global Relief organizes walk events to help raise funds for programs that provide direct aid, develop sustainable food production, promote education for girls and women, and give women opportunities for right livelihood. Registration begins 8am, the walk itself at 9am.

This year Bhikkhu Bodhi, picture of Bhikkhu Bodhia renowned monk and scholar – and the founder of Buddhist Global Relief will come to Houston to lead the walk. Bhikkhu Bodhi will offer other teachings in Houston. Stay tuned, times and dates of other events will be posted as more information flows in.

You will soon be able to register to participate in the walk here:
Once registered to participate in the walk, you will be provided with a link that you can send to your friends and family to ask for their support. Updated information will also be posted at the above link. Donations by cash or check are also accepted and can be arranged by emailing Gyōshin Dan Le . Everyone is invited to participate by registering to walk, donating, or volunteering!
May all beings be happy, may they be joyous and live in safety, and may they be free from suffering.

led by Zengetsu Vicki Glenn
September 6–October 11, 2016

6 Tuesdays 6:30–8:30 pm

An introductory level course that is of interest to everyone, advanced students as well as beginners.
picture of the Avalokitesvara The Six Perfections are Generosity, Ethical Behavior, Patience, Energy, Meditation & Wisdom. Zen meditation is interwoven with these practices. In this class we explore both the everyday meaning of these teachings as well as the deep understanding that grows in Zen meditation.
The instructor is the Ino, or Head of the Meditation Hall, of Houston Zen Center as well as the teacher of the sewing class during which practitioners prepare the ceremonial robe, or rakusu that is received during precepts ceremonies.
Sign up for the class below. The class is open to everyone. It is an introductory to intermediate level class.

6 Perfections