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.

May 6 – July 29, 2015

Wednesdays – 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Mastering Yourself with Moving Meditation
Taught by Henderson Smith

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Improve your health with Movement. Enhance the quality of your life with Mindfulness. Active your capacity for self–improvement with the Power of Breath.

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 April 30 to confirm the class.
Cost is $150 for the 12–week series (a savings of $30 if you sign up for all 12 – $180 without the discount), $15 for individual classes. Register by Paypal (below), by phone 713–869–1952, or call Henderson directly 713–412–2157.

Integral Tai Chi
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Calendar of Events
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This Coming Events Calendar is updated frequently.


Peaceful Abiding Practice Period

Led by Abbot Gaelyn Godwin and
Shuso/Head Student Shinji Mary Carol Edwards
June 1–July 12, 2015

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The Summer Practice Period will focus on the 12–fold Chain of Causation, the Buddha’s profound teaching on how things come to be. Things, feelings, thoughts – – everything arises due to causes and conditions. How can our own practice and understanding harmonize with this truth?
The Practice Period is designed to bring regular meditation into your on–going daily work life. Participants will integrate their regular work schedule with morning and evening meditation.
The leaders will connect with all participants on a daily basis, and the practice period will suffuse the day.

Opening Ceremony: June 1 6:30 pm
One Day Sitting: June 20
Five Day Sesshin: July 7–12

The Teachers: Gaelyn Godwin is a Zen Priest and the Abbot of Houston Zen Center.
Mary Carol Edwards is a senior member of Houston Zen Center, a landscape artist and prairie restoration activist. She is the Shuso/Head Student of the Practice Period and will teach a class on the fundamental 12–fold Chain of Causation.

July Sesshin
The Practice Period concludes with a 5–day sesshin.
Everyone is welcome to attend this traditional sesshin. Practice Period participants – and others – can participate in all 5 days or 1 (or more) full days of the sesshin.

Shuso Ceremony/Ceremony of Dharma Inquiry
July 12, 2015 at 4:00 pm.
This ceremony invites all the participants and friends of the Center to question and celebrate the Shuso. It is a very important ceremony in the practice of Zen practitioners. Everyone is welcome to attend and ask a question.

Download the APPLICATION here.

Class: 12 Links of Dependent Origination
4 Tuesdays: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
The Practice Period will revolve around the teachings of Dependent Origination as taught by Shakyamuni Buddha in the earliest gatherings. Mary Carol Edwards, the Shuso, or Head Student, will lead the class. Dependent Origination demonstrates that no beings or phenomena exist independently of other beings and phenomena. Everything arises in dependence on many things.
The text is available at the Center for purchase.
The class is designed for Practice Period participants but is open to all.
Please sign up below, specifying if you are in the Practice Period.

Dependent Origination
led by Tricia McFarlin and Mike Keller
May 18 – June 22, 2015

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.

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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