CLASSES

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.


TAI CHI EASY & QIGONG
September 3 –
November 19, 2014

8 Wednesdays
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Taught by Henderson Smith

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Learn the fundamentals of Tai Chi and Qigong as a mind–body–breath practice and healthy self–reliance modality. This is fun practice time for those curious about the power of breath and moving meditation. Learn everyday applications and practice a natural stress relief system.

Good for those with a busy lifestyle, Tai Chi and Qigong have been evaluated by the American Medical Association and backed by extensive research. Easy to do yet effective for mental and physical wellbeing, this practice is perfect for those just beginning to exercise and even for those engaged in extreme excellence training.
All you need to participate is the mind–body–breath you were born with and the desire to access your hidden potential.

Henderson J. Smith, Jr. is an IIQTC & NQA Certified Qigong and Tai Chi Teacher.

A minimum of 10 participants must sign up by August 27 to confirm the class.
Cost is $180 for the 12–week series, $15 for individual classes. Register by Paypal (below), by phone 713–869–1952, or call Henderson directly 713–412–2157.

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

This Coming Events Calendar is updated frequently.

EMBODYING COMPASSION
The Thousand Arms and Eyes of Kannon
Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum, Ph.D.
  • September 12, 6:30 pm. Teachings on the Tao Te Ching & Buffet Dinner
  • September 13, Saturday Qigong Workshop: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • September 14, Sunday Dharma Talk: 9:30 am – The Heart of Wisdom Sutra
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Everyone is welcome to all events. (There is a fee for the Saturday workshop.) Therapists, caregivers, Zen and qigong practitioners – from beginning to advanced practitioners are welcome to attend all events.

Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum, Ph.D. received lay entrustment as a Zen teacher from Sojun Mel Weitsman, Abbot of Berkeley Zen Center, and is authorized as a senior teacher of Dayan (Wild Goose) Qigong in the lineage of Yang Meijun by Master Hui Liu of the Wen Wu School.

He has 30 years experience as a neuropsychologist, psychotherapist, and behavioral medicine specialist.
He introduced qigong practice to Kaiser Permanente’s health education program, and it has spread throughout northern California clinics; he also developed a mindfulness–based chronic pain management program and supervised neuropsychological services. He is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and the book Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy and has recently completed a book on the Tao Te Ching titled Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching.

Cost is $80 for the Saturday workshop, $35 for members of HZC. All other events free, donations gratefully accepted.
Register by Paypal (below), by phone 713-869-1952, or in person at HZC.

September 13
ZEN & INTEGRAL MINDFULNESS
A 6–Week Course
led by Brian Burrell
September 8 – October 13, 2014
7:00 – 8:30 pm.
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T–Groups are a formal, structured way to practice skillful awareness in what is perhaps the most difficult and distracting of contexts – interaction with other human beings! This experiential class will provide the opportunity to explore mindfulness in a dynamic, supportive, group exercise. This simple exercise will help us to:
support each other in maintaining present moment awareness;
stay grounded (aware of body sensations and emotions) in social situations;
notice and release unskillful, habitual ways of relating,
and much more!

Kosen Brian Burrell is a personal coach, community and workshop leader, certified at the highest level by The Integral Center of Boulder in Intersubjective Meditation and Authentic Relating (AR) facilitation. A long–time Zen practitioner, and member of HZC, he lived, studied, and practiced at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Green Gulch Farm, and San Francisco Zen Center from 2000–2004. He holds a BA in psychology from Trinity University in San Antonio and studied graduate Cognitive Science at SUNY–Binghamton. He is a certified yoga teacher. His dharma name, Kosen, means River of Light.

Cost is $75 for the 6 week series, $70 for members of HZC. Register by Paypal (below), by phone 713-869-1952, or in person at HZC.

Integral Mindfulness
BRAD WARNER
September 5 – 7, 2014
Friday, September 5: 7 pm Informal Social & potluck
Saturday, September 6: One–Day Sitting: 9:30–3:00
Sunday, September 7: Book Signing after the Dharma Talk

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Come meet Brad Warner on Friday night for an informal social gathering.
Sign up for One–Day Sitting on Saturday, below, or at the Center.
On Sunday, Brad will autograph his new book There is No God and He is Always With You, after the Dharma Talk, which will be given by visiting Zen Teacher, Dojin Sarah Emerson (see the practice page for Sunday speakers).

BRAD WARNER is an ordained Zen teacher and author of the books There Is No God And He Is Always With You (2013), Sex Sin and Zen (2010), Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate (2009), Sit Down and Shut Up (2007) and Hardcore Zen (2004). He's also a writer for the Suicide Girls website, bass player for the hardcore punk rock group 0DFx (aka Zero Defex), star of the movies "Shoplifting From American Apparel" and "Zombie Bounty Hunter M.D.," director of the film "Cleveland’s Screaming!" and former vice president of the US branch of the company founded by the man who created Godzilla.

Sign up for the One Day Sitting here. All proceeds go directly to Brad.

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