Our tendency is to be interested in something that is growing in the garden, not in the bare soil itself. But if you want to have a good harvest, the most important thing is to make the soil rich and cultivate it well.
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi


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Listen to recent talks given at HZC by various teachers in mp3 format. Click the talk below to play.
Archived talks are available: ring the bell to go to the 2016 archive. bell ringer Hoitsu
Previous year’s talks are under the Audio tab.

Glen Duval: The Meaning of Place. 9.18.16

Betty Holmes: Reactivity. 9.11.16

Mary Carol Edwards: Neither Good Nor Bad. 9.4.16


Saturday November 12, 2016 8:00 am – 11:00 am
picture of the walk Join us (and other Buddhist and Christian denominations) in a gentle walk down Heights Esplanade.
This year’ walk will be graced by the participation of Bhikkhu Bodhi, the founder of Buddhist Global Relief. Click here for more information.

AUDIO FILES continued

Gaelyn Godwin: Great Robe of Liberation. 8.28.16

Louise Dreyfus: Smiling at Fear. 8.21.16

Gaelyn Godwin: A Tiger Takes to the Mountains. 8.14.16

Michael Zimmerman: Impermanence. 8.7.16

Linda Galijan: Body Wisdom. 7.31.16

Vicki Glenn: Without Delay: No Hesitation. 7.24.16


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picture of the Zen Center building in the Heights


Welcome to Houston Zen Center, an urban refuge for the study and practice of Zen meditation. The Center is open every day except Friday for meditation.
The Abbot, Senior Teachers and members of the Center offer classes and retreats throughout the year for beginners and advanced meditators, on Zen, mindfulness, gardening, Tai Chi and other practices.
The Center’s members come from all walks of life and all faith traditions.

The Daily Meditation Schedule is listed here on the PRACTICE link. For a Google map and directions to the Center, click here: MAP AND DIRECTIONS. The MONTHLY CALENDAR can be downloaded here (PDF). It lists the month’s current events.



If you are new to Zen or meditation, photo of Cathy Crouch please come to the one–hour introduction on the first Wednesday of each month, taught by Cathy Crouch (above) and Judson Dunn. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. Click here for more classes...


November 6
8:20 – 11:00 am

picture of Mary Carol Edwards Mary Carol Edwards, Head Gardener, and Vicki Glenn, Head of the Zendo, will lead us in a morning of temple and garden care and practice.
We begin with a brief morning service (chanting), followed by indoor and outdoor activities. Everyone is encouraged to join in the Zen practice of working together.


Oct. 5 – Nov. 30, 2016
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Led by Henderson Smith
picture of Henderson Smith Experience the healthful benefits of Tai Chi and Chi Kung with the guidance of an excellent certified teacher, Henderson Smith.
The classes are $15 each for 9 weeks. One free class for those who sign up for the entire series at $120.
A minimum of 8 participants is necessary to guarantee the class.
You can pay at the class or use Paypal here.

Oct. 5-Nov. 30



Five Week Series
October 6 – November 3, 2016.
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Special Three Week Series
December 8, 15 & 22, 2016.
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Taught by the Abbot, Gaelyn Godwin, and Gyōshin Dan Le, this class is for people new to calligraphy symbol for wake up
meditation, as well as those who want to establish a regular practice. The series provides an introduction to Zen theory and practice. Each class includes discussion and meditation. See the events page to sign up and for full class listings.

Brian Burrell

Oct. 17 – Nov. 28, 2016
6 Mondays 7:00 – 8:30 pm
picture of Brian Burrell

The theme of the class is the close relationship between yoga postures and sitting meditation. Click here for more information and to sign up.


led by Zengetsu Vicki Glenn
Sept. 6–Oct. 11, 2016
6 Tuesdays 6:30–8:30 pm
picture of the Kwan Yin An introductory level course that is of interest to everyone, advanced students as well as beginners.
Click here for more information and to sign up.