CLASSES & EVENTS
This is a listing of current and future events and classes at
Houston Zen Center that is updated regularly.
In this popular all day workshop Kaz leads the participants through the basic motions of the brush, using colored inks on paper. The brushes and paper 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.
5-Day Intensive Retreat with Tenshin Reb Anderson. May 23-28, 2017.
Led by Tenshin Reb Anderson Roshi
Senior Dharma Teacher of San Francisco Zen Center and Founder of Houston Zen Center
May 23-28, 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.
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 Monday classes: May 1 - June 5, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Taught by Kogen Glen Duval & Rev. Yazan Dave Johnson
The "Genjokoan", or the Koan of Everyday Life, is one of the finest writings on Zen by 13th Century Zen Master Dōgen Zenji, the founder of Soto Zen in Japan. This important piece is quite short but manages to contain in poetic form the central pivotal teachings of Zen: the beauty yet impermanence of life; the necessity of meditation even though everyone is uniquely awake already; the incompleteness of the human point of view no matter how advanced -- and more.
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.
5 Tuesdays - 6:30-8:30 pm
May 16 - June 13, 2017
Taught by Audrey Charlton & Mary Carol Edwards
This highly interactive workshop on Awakening Joy is inspired by the Buddha's teaching: Whatever you think and ponder upon, that will become the inclination of the mind. The instructors will lead the class through the first half of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness, by James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander, and practice awakening the mind to joy.
Kosen Brian Burrell, certified Yoga instructor and long-time Zen meditator, teaches a series of 6 classes that explore the close relationship between yoga postures and sitting meditation. Minimum of 8 participants guarantees the class.
A series of 5 classes that serve as an introduction to Zen Meditation for beginners. The class is taught by Abbot Gaelyn Godwin.
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.