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 Tuesdays

Beginning Nov. 11

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Taught by Rev. Dale Kent

picture of Dale Kent

Continue your Tai Chi practice in this on–going experiential series. The class will follow Dale through the form.
$10 per class; $5 for members of HZC.


Saturday Nov. 22 8:00 am
picture of the walk 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. You can register to participate in the walk here: First Giving Registration.
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 Gyoshin 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.

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 and Mike Keller
November 3 – December 15, 2014

No class December 1
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 Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, and Dependent Co–arising and Emptiness.
Each evening will begin with a period of meditation followed by a discussion of the evening’s topic.

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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.

picture of Tricia McFarlin

Tricia McFarlin is the Vice–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 $75 for the 6–week series, $35 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
A 6–Week Course
led by Brian Burrell
November 3 – December 15, 2014
7:00 – 8:30 pm.
No class December 1
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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.

Integral Mindfulness
A 2–Part Series
led by Senior Teacher Kogen Glen Duval
Part Two: September 30 – October 28

picture of Glen Duval

Senior Teacher Kogen Glen Duval leads a series of discussions on the ethical core of Zen practice. The practice of Zen meditation allows us to sit upright iin 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.
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 meditation, followed by a presentation on each precept and discussion.

Part One includes an Introduction and classes on the Three Refuges and Three Pure Precepts.
Part Two includes 5 classes on the 10 Clear Mind, or Grave, Precepts. Two precepts will be discussed each class.

Cost is $50 for Part Two, a 5–week series, $25 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.

16 Bodhisattva Precepts