Strictly speaking, there are no enlightened people, there is only enlightened activity.
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 2013 archive. bell ringer Hoitsu
Previous year’s talks are under the Audio tab.

Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum: Compassion and Emptiness. 9.14.14

Rev. Dojin Sarah Emerson: A Relationship with Joy. 9.7.14

Brad Warner: Buddha’s Teaching: Don’t Be a Jerk. 9.6.14

Gaelyn Godwin: Labor Day & The Seven Factors of Enlightenment. 8.31.14

Vicki Zengetsu Glenn: The Sandbox. 8.24.14

Glen Kogen Duval: Half and Full Turning. 8.17.14

Mary Carol Shinji Edwards: Showing Up. 8.10.14

Gaelyn Godwin: Go Where You Want to Go. 8.3.14

Rev. Zenshin Greg Fain: Perfection of the Way. 7.27.14

Gaelyn Godwin: Balancing Five Faculties & Privilege. 7.20.14

Rev. Yazan Dave Johnson: The Importance of Play. 7.19.14

Rev. Mako Voelkel & Rev. Graham Ross: Trust Your Life. 7.13.14

Leo Golub: How I Found Zen. 7.6.14

Lynn Murphy: Yasodhara and Satsujo, Women of the Way. 6.29.14

Mary Edwards: Fear and Practice. 6.21.14

Rev. Ryoki Sato: Conditions for Healing. 6.15.14

Cathy Crouch: Habits and Practice. 6.8.14

Dale Kent: Subhuti and Emptiness. 6.1.14

Gaelyn Godwin: Simple, and elaborate. 5.25.14

Alan Senauke: The Bodhisattva Who Never Disparages Others. 5.18.14

Glen Duval: Fukanzazengi: How to Practice Zazen. 5.17.14

Rick Mitchell: Dharma Song. 5.11.14

Eric Arbiter: Zen Practice for the Long Haul. 5.4.14

Brother ChiSing: Power of Healing. 4.27.14

Tim Schorre: Turning Things Around. 4.26.14

Gaelyn Godwin: Jizo and Ghost Stories. 4.20.14

Parmita Bairi Derden: Ten Zen Bulls. 4.13.14


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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 816KB) It lists the month’s current events.



If you are new to Zen or meditation, photo of member in sitting posture wearing robes please come to our Wednesday introduction. We offer a one–hour introduction on the first Wednesday of each month. It begins at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. Click here for more classes...


4 Classes
Sept. 20 & 27; Oct. 18 & 25
Saturdays, 9:30 – 11:00 am

Led by Dale Kent
picture of Dale Kent Join us at the Center for a series of Tai Chi and Chi Kung classes. Dale Kent, Zen Priest and Tai Chi teacher welcomes all levels.
See the events page for more information and to sign up.


September 3 – November 19
6:30–7:30 pm

Led by Henderson Smith
picture of Henderson Smith

Mastering Yourself with Moving Meditation. Learn the fundamentals of mind–body–breath practice. Tai Chi and Qigong offer everyday applications within a natural stress relief system.
See the events page to sign up.



Five Week Series
October 16 – November 13, 2014.
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Three Week Series
December 9 – 23, 2014.
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Taught by the Abbot, Gaelyn Godwin, and Gyoshin 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.


September 8 – 29
4 Mondays, 6:30–8:30 pm

Led by Christine Bailey
drawing of hands

A series of classes involving: learning to see, learning to draw, and learning to sit. Join artist (and Zen meditator) Christine in this exploration. Bring a sketch book and pencils (this will be discussed at the first class). All other materials provided at the Center.
Beginners are very welcome. Reserve your place here. $60 for the series. $30 for HZC members.

Learning to Draw