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 and
Mike Keller
Jan. 5–Feb. 9, 2015

6 Mondays: 6:30–8:30 pm

This class is an exploration of a text by the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Chogyam Trungpa Rimpoche.
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism is a classic treatment of Buddhist spiritual practice. Reading and pondering this book is itself a form of practice because it leads the reader to acknowledge his or her own vulnerabilities. Trungpa says that ‘the main point of any spiritual practice is to step out of the bureaucracy of ego.’
We can all recognize ourselves as Trungpa discusses the various self–deceptions on the spiritual path and advises how they can be overcome.
Each evening will begin with a period of meditation followed by a discussion. The text will be available for purchase at the Center.

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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 Vice–President of the Board of Directors of HZC and holds a doctorate in English Literature. She teaches English Literature at Awty International School.

Cutting Through
Tai Chi Tuesdays

Beginning Nov. 11

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

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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.

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

This Coming Events Calendar is updated frequently.

November 15 – December 31, 2014
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May this season of cool weather, long dark nights and deeply significant celebrations allow us all to reflect on the many benefits of our lives.
Houston Zen Center is thriving and continues to welcome visitors, guests and seekers to Zen meditation and practice.
Please help the Center with the replacement of its two main AC and heating units – and keep the meditation rooms comfortable for all.

Year-End Heater A/C Replacement

January 9–11, 2015

The wonder of ink and a brush – in the hands of a great calligraphy master. Kaz Tanahashi, artist, calligrapher, peace activist and translator, returns to Houston Zen Center to teach calligraphy to everyone – Zen students, beginners, even experienced artists. Presence of mind in the practice of the Way is experienced simply and elegantly in the one–day workshop. The Workshop will use color as well as traditional black inks and paints.

Reception and Silent Auction
Friday, January 10 at 7 pm
Brush Mind
One Day of Calligraphy Teaching
Saturday, January 10, 9 am - 3 pm
Painting Peace: The Art and Life of Kazuaki Tanahashi
Saturday, January 11 at 7 pm
This is a beautiful film about Kaz' life and practice as a peace activist and calligrapher. HZC is honored to present this for friends and members. It is a benefit for Kaz and for the Center.
Dharma Talk
Sunday, January 11 9:45 am
Followed by book signing of Kaz' newly published commentary on the Heart Sutra

Kaz Tanahashi is not only a great calligrapher, he is an important translator of Dogen Zenji, the founder of Zen in Japan. Kaz’s Circle of the Way is a translation of Dogen’s masterwork, Shobogenzo, The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye. Kaz’s translation is a resource for all Zen practitioners.
Friday evening’s benefit for Houston Zen Center will involve Kaz actually creating pieces before the group. The Chinese characters created will themes of awakening and practice. This yearly benefit for HZC is a delightful social gathering as well. Kaz also offers other works of art for purchase – these benefit his work as a peace activist.

Brush Mind. Kaz’ mastery of calligraphy in black ink led him into an exploration of Calligraphy in Color, an iconoclastic, liberating artistic practice. In this popular all day workshop, Kaz leads the participants through the basic motions of the brush, using colored inks on paper. The brushes are provided, and the participants use both small and very large brushes. Calligraphy is a form of meditation, mindfulness and skilled artistry – all levels of skill are welcome, especially beginners, because, with calligraphy, we begin anew with every piece of paper.

$100, includes vegetarian lunch. $50 for HZC members. Register by PayPal, below, or at the Center. Participation is limited to 25.

Saturday workshop
January 7 – March 25, 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 January 6 to confirm the class.
Cost is $135 for the 11–week series (a savings of $30 if you sign up for all 11), $15 for individual classes. Register by Paypal (below), by phone 713–869–1952, or call Henderson directly 713–412–2157.

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