CLASSES & EVENTS
This is a listing of current and future events and classes at
Houston Zen Center that is updated regularly.
A day of sitting and walking meditation, a dharma talk by visiting teacher Zen Priest Jiryu Rutschman-Byler, and mindful oryoki lunch. 8 am - 3 pm. Followed by ordination ceremony at 4 pm. Everyone is welcome to the ceremony.
Jiryu Rutschman-Byler is a Soto Zen Buddhist priest and teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, with dharma transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman. He lives and teaches at Green Gulch Farm (a part of San Francisco Zen Center) is the head teacher of the Buddhadharma Sangha of San Quentin State Prison.
Jiryu has trained in Zen temples in the US and Japan since 1996. He also holds a master's degree in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley (2014), where he worked under the mentorship of the Group in Buddhist Studies on Buddhist texts in classical Chinese and modern Japanese. His thesis research focused on Nishiari Bokusan and the development of Soto Zen in Japan during the Meiji Period (1868-1912).
David Loy, professor, Buddhist activist and author, leads a workshop and study group on Buddhism and the Ecological Crisis. Houston Zen Center is honored to host this important thinker and activist.
The ecological crisis – which includes global warming but is much bigger than that – is the greatest challenge that humanity has ever faced. What does Buddhism offer, if anything, that can help us understand and respond appropriately? And what does ecological crisis mean for how we understand and practice Buddhism (or any spiritual path) today?
UPCOMING CLASSES & RETREATS
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. Send questions about scholarships or costs to the office.
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.
6 Mondays, February 27-April 3, 6:30-8:30 pm. Taught by Jitsudo Tom Biddle
Designed for those who have taken the introduction to Zen Meditation series and practitioners with an interest in exploring the strikingly innovative, and challenging, re-conception of Buddhist thought brought about by the thirteenth century founder of the Soto Zen school in Japan. Dōgen Zenji reformulated many fundamental Buddhist concepts, but none more radically than his writings on the relationship between the nature of being and time, and the flawed understandings of both.
If you are new to Zen or meditation, please come to the 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.
6 Tuesdays - April 4 - May 9, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Designed for those who have taken the introduction to Zen Meditation series and practitioners who are interested in the ethical precepts of Zen. The 16 Bodhisattva Precepts are descriptions of mindful and responsible action that go hand-in-hand with Zen meditation.
Some classes can be attended individually, and are listed below. They have started already, but you can still sign up, or just attend individual sessions.
6 class series, from January 11 through February 15th with Henderson Smith on Mind-Body-Breath training. A personal practice for self-care and deepening meditation.