CLASSES & EVENTS
This is a listing of current and future events and classes at
Houston Zen Center that is updated regularly.
Sunday, April 22, 8:20 - 11:00
Join Mary Carol Edwards, Assistant Teacher of HZC and Head Gardener, and Ino, Vicki Glenn, 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.
The word "samu" means "temple work" and is used to refer to the activities of Zen practitioners as they care for the temple grounds and buildings. Samu is done mindfully and quietly, as if the activity is part of the meditation itself. You are welcome to work indoors or outdoors.
The Sunday schedule includes a dharma talk after the period of Samu, and refreshments.
A series of 5 classes that serve as an introduction to Zen Meditation for beginners. The class is taught by Abbot Gaelyn Godwin.
In this popular all day workshop Kaz leads the participants through the basic motions of the brush, using black sumi ink on rice 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. Your work will be suitable for framing!
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 Tuesdays: March 20 to April 24
Taught by Audrey Charlton and Laura Hopps, members of the Board of Directors of HZC.
We invite you to explore with us what Buddhism is all about at its core. As Steve Hagen recounts, "It is said that when the Buddha was asked to sum up his teaching in a single word, he said 'awareness'."
Introduction to Zen Sitting
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.
Dharma en Español
Los invitamos a que nos acompañen cada mes para expandir la conversación, sumergirnos en la practica de meditación, las formaciones Zen, y como el Dharma es pertinente en nuestras vidas el primer sábado del mes, 9:45 am - 11:15 am. Para mas informacion favor de contactar Daniel Salazar (email@example.com). Los esperamos!
LGBTQ Meditation Group
Join us in creating a space for LGBTQ meditators, We will have 20 minutes of meditation followed by discussion, and meet monthly. We are currently reading the book by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, The Way of Tenderness, so if you have a copy please bring it. We will meet the last Wednesday of each month from 6:30-8pm.
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