CLASSES & EVENTS
This is a listing of current and future events and classes at
Houston Zen Center that is updated regularly.
Saturday April 1
8 am - 3 pm
Rev. Kokyo Henkel is an important (and friendly) Soto Zen teacher and Zen Priest. He returns to HZC to lead a day of sitting and walking meditation. He will give the dharma talk on Saturday and Sunday. If this is your first one-day sitting, please contact the Head of Practice, Glen Duval.
Kokyo Henkel trained for 19 years in residence at Zen training Centers, including:
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, where he served as Tanto, or Head of Practice; Green Gulch Farm a temple in the San Francisco Zen Center organization; No Abode Hermitage, a temple associated with Tenshin Reb Anderson; Bukkokuji in Obama, Japan.
He was ordained as a priest in 1994 by Tenshin Anderson Roshi, and received Dharma Transmission from him in 2010. Kokyo Roshi returned to Santa Cruz Zen Center in 2009, where he is currently Head Teacher.
Zen Center is honored to host Professor David Loy for a free public lecture on Friday April 21 as well as a workshop on Saturday April 22. David is one of the founding members of the new Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, near Boulder, Colorado.
David lectures nationally and internationally, focusing primarily on the encounter between Buddhism and modernity: what each can learn from the other. He is especially concerned about social and ecological issues.
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?
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 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.
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.
A series of 5 classes that serve as an introduction to Zen Meditation for beginners. The class is taught by Abbot Gaelyn Godwin.
6 Mondays - May 1 - June 5, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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 course is taught by Kogen Glen Duval and Rev. Yazan Dave Johnson.
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.