CLASSES & EVENTS
This is a listing of current and future events and classes at
Houston Zen Center that is updated regularly.
5-Day Intensive Retreat with Tenshin Reb Anderson. February 14-19, 2017.
Led by Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi
Senior Dharma Teacher of San Francisco Zen Center and Founder of Houston Zen Center
February 14-19, 2017
The Pivotal Activity of All Buddhas Our great ancestors have described our sitting meditation - zazen - as the pivotal activity of all Buddhas. This practice is also the pivotal activity of all events. It is our own pivotal activity.
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).
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.
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.
Five Tuesdays, February 21st – March 21st
This class is a study of the Buddha's awakening as expressed in the teachings of the Four Noble Truths. It is Part 2 of the series (but open to everyone) and focuses on the Noble Eightfold Path: Right View, Intention, Speech, Action, Livelihood, Effort, Mindfulness & Concentration.
The recommended text is available in the HZC bookstore: The Noble Eightfold Path, by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
A series of 5 classes that serve as an introduction to Zen Meditation for beginners. The class is taught by Abbot Gaelyn Godwin and Gyoshin Dan Le.
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.
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.