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.

led by Tricia McFarlin
Sept. 1–Oct. 6, 2015

6 Tuesdays: 6:30–8:30 pm

The subject of this class is the teaching of the well–known Zen teacher Charlotte Joko Beck compiled in her book, Nothing Special: Living Zen. Joko is so grounded and practical that she seems to know intimately the interior life we all share. Her Zen teachings assume that by observing our present selves openly and honestly in the quiet of mindfulness, we see that everything is special.
Each evening will begin with a period of meditation followed by a discussion.
Copies of the text 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.

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picture of Jukai Ceremony at Houston Zen Center

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Zen Practice for a focused group of Practitioners

September 2015 – April 2016

Led by HZC Assistant Teachers Kogen Glen Duval, Hokyo Louise Dreyfus and Peaceful Forest Tim Schorre.

Prerequisite: 6 months attendance at HZC events or permission of Instructors.
For people who are ready to deepen practice with the support of a Sangha (community of practitioners) within the larger Sangha, Zen Center offers an extended program that introduces a full range of practice.
The course extends over 3 sections, or semesters. We recommend that everyone begin at the beginning.

The first meeting is Sunday, September 13, 1–4 pm
We will gather to meet the teachers and each other. Thereafter, we will meet:

  • One Sunday afternoon per month
  • One evening meeting monthly for 1.5 hours
  • Twice monthly peer group meetings
  • Individual Practice Discussion throughout the program
  • Large group meetings
  • Evening classes

Applications are available at the Center and by request from Kogen Glen Duval.
Cost: $200/semester basic fee; $80/semester members of HZC for 3 months or more.

8 Mondays, October 5 - November 23, 6:30p-8:30pm

Houston Zen Center is honored to host Dialogue: Racism photo of people presented by the Center for Healing Racism.
The eight–week program provides a safe, respectful, and loving environment where participants can explore the issues of racism, learn new information, share experiences, dispel fears and guilt, get to know each other, and come together.

Information is provided by facilitators on defining racism, where it originates, how it’s perpetuated, and positive ways to overcome and heal.
Participants are then encouraged to dialogue with guidelines that promote deep listening and understanding.
Registration is free and open to the public, and donations to the Center for Healing Racism are encouraged.
For more information about the program, visit Center for Healing Racism, or call 713.520.8226.

Seats are limited, so register early!
To register online, click here: REGISTRATION for Dialogue: Racism at HZC.