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.

Bread Baking for Everyone

March 12, 2016
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

picture of Dale Kent

Fresh–baked, homemade bread is a delicious treat to make for yourself and your friends and family. It is so much more nourishing than grocery store bread and much easier to make than you might think! Join Zen Priest Dale Kent, Houston Zen Center’s Tenzo (head chef) and co–author of the cookbook Tassajara Dinners and Desserts in an exploration of the art of making bread.

Dale Kent trained for many years in the kitchen at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, the largest Zen Buddhist monastery in the West. In 2002 he became Tenzo (head cook) and managed the large kitchen, serving as many as 140 monks and visitors each day. Dale has also worked as an event caterer and as a private chef for a tech start–up in San Francisco.
In addition to co–authoring the cookbook Tassajara Dinners and Desserts, he has been featured in publications such as Yoga Journal, Tricycle, Vegetarian Times, Edible Monterrey and many other culinary magazines. He has taught numerous workshops on cooking and Zen practice. Dale is an ordained Zen priest and lives at the Houston Zen Center.
Photo: Hamish John Appleby

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Cooking with Dale
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led by
Tricia McFarlin
Feb. 23–Mar. 29, 2016

6 Tuesdays: 6:30–8:30 pm

Using Shohaku Okumura’s Living By Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts, Tricia will guide the exploration of chants used in Zen centers around the world. In his book, Okumura Roshi quotes one of the definitions of a bodhisattva: ‘Ordinary people are those who live being pulled by their karma; bodhisattvas are those who live led by their vows.’ The vows he refers to are the daily vows that we chant in our practice.
Each evening will begin with a period of meditation followed by the class and discussion.
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Several copies of the text Living By Vow: A Practical Introduction to Eight Essential Zen Chants and Texts are available for purchase at the Center.

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.

Zen Chants
picture of Mike Keller led by Mike Keller
April 4–May 9, 2016

6 Mondays: 6:30–8:30 pm

Designed for those who have taken the Introduction to Zen Meditation series and for other intermediate practitioners, this class is centered around Kosho Uchiyama’s Opening the Hand of Thought, a detailed and comprehensive exposition of zazen and the Buddha Way. Lectures and discussion enrich every practitioner’s experience with the text.
Each class will begin with a period of meditation that will ground us and enhance our experiential understanding of these teachings.

Copies of the text are available at the Center for purchase or online.
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Opening the Hand of Thought