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.

The Sounds of
An Evening of Music, Poetry & Visual Arts

May 19: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

With special guest
Zen Teacher (and musician) Alan Senauke

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Join in celebrating the artistic talents of the Houston Zen Community.

Musicians are invited to bring an instrument to play and a song to share. Poets and story–tellers are invited to bring something to read or recite.
Visual artists are invited to bring a piece to exhibit.
All sangha members and friends are invited to come and join the celebration.
Refreshments will be provided as well.

Artists who would like to participate may contact the Performing Arts Coordinator, Rick Mitchell.
Or the Visual Arts Coordinator, Matthew Sullivan.

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

This Coming Events Calendar is updated frequently.

A 6–Week Course
led by Rick Hogetsu Mitchell
with special guest speaker Hozan Alan Senauke
May 13 – June 17, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 pm.
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This class explores the often–misunderstood relationship between Buddhism and social justice, beginning with Buddha’s original teachings and the edicts of India’s first Buddhist ruler, King Ashoka, and fast–forwarding to contemporary issues of world peace, economics, environmentalism, gender equality, diversity and political activism. It is open to both Buddhists and non–Buddhists, including activists, academics and intellectually curious practitioners of other spiritual traditions.
The classes will be preceded by an optional but recommended 20–minute period of meditation. Meditation begins at 6:30 pm.

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The class will use a text by Alan Senauke (right): The Bodhisattva’s Embrace: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Socially Engaged Buddhism as a reference point, and Alan will be present at the class on May 20.

Hogetsu Rick Mitchell is a longtime member of the Houston Zen Community. A journalist, teacher and arts administrator, he received the Bodhisattva Precepts from Tenshin Roshi Reb Anderson in 1999.

Hozan Alan Senauke, vice–abbot of the Berkeley Zen Center, received Dharma Transmission from Sojun Roshi Mel Weitsman in 1998. From 1991 to 2001, Alan was international director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship. More recently, he founded the Clear View Project, developing Buddhist–based resources for relief and social change. He is also an accomplished traditional folk and bluegrass musician. Alan will be at HZC May 17-21.

Cost is $90 for the 6 week series, $40 for members of HZC. Three 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.

Social Justice and Buddhism
May 7 – June 25, 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.

Cost is $120 for the 8–week series, ($90 if you sign up for all 8 classes); $15 for individual classes. Register by Paypal (below), by phone 713–869–1952, or call Henderson directly 713–412–2157.

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