Affirmation of Welcome
Walking the path of liberation, we express our intimate connection with all beings.
Welcoming diversity, here at Berkeley Zen Center the practice of zazen
is available to people of every race, nationality, class, gender, sexual orientation,
age, and physical ability. May all beings realize their true nature.


Work Day: March 29 8:30 am – 5:00pm

New to BZC? Take a look at our first-time visitor FAQ

Zazen (meditation)
Instruction and Orientation

is held in the Zendo on Saturdays
from 8:45 - 9:30 a.m.

Weekly Wednesday
Night Drop-In Group;
All are welcome.

7:20 p.m. Zazen
8:00 p.m. Service
8:10 - 9:00 p.m. Tea & Discussion

20s and 30s Dharma Group

BZC invites young adults in their 20’s and 30’s to join us in a montly open discussion group about Zen Buddhism, meditation, and developing a personal practice. Our aim is to cultivate Kalyana Mitta, spiritual friendship, to provide members with the opportunity to meet others in their age group to support each other in bringing Zen practice more fully into our daily lives. We meet monthly and alternate venues between BZC and a local café. Follow this link for 2015 meeting dates and instructions about the time and place for each meeting. For further instruction contact Gerry Oliva : gryoliva@gmail.com.

No photography in the Zendo, please
We ask that all visitors and members turn off their cell phones in the zendo. If you are interested in capturing the beauty of our zendo on camera, please make arrangements with the Zendo Manager, Bruce Coughran, at BruceBZCZM@gmail.com. Thank you.

BZC is a Scent Free Environment

Berkeley Zen Center Documentary
Old Plum Mountain: The Berkeley Zen Center, Life Inside the Gate tells the story of the Berkeley Zen Center, one of the oldest lay practice centers in the nation.
Click here to view the trailer and for information about purchasing the DVD


Work Day

Sunday, 3/29 8:30 am – 5:00pm

Sojun Roshi will continue his koan study group during the first part of the year for two Friday evenings, February 6 and 20. We meet from 7:15 to 8:45 pm in the community room.

Please come and share a day of fellowship, and as always, good food, while we care for our practice place. This is a great chance to use tools and learn new skills. There will be a wide enough range of tasks to suit everyone’s level of ability and

Everything is Broken

Everything Is Broken: Songs About Things As They Are is Hozan Alan Senauke’s brand new cd of "buddhistic music." Featuring songs by Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Bernice Reagon, and Alan, along with traditional songs rewritten to bring out their dharma direction, the album also includes Greg Fain’s Lotus Sutra hit "Our Hero," about the Bodhisattva Never Disparaging. The album is available for purchase at Alan’s website http://www.clearviewproject.org, and, as a whole album or individual songs, from Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby. Of course it is also available at the BZC Saturday book table. Don’t miss it if you can.

Sittings & Events


Work Day
Sunday, 3/29


Founders' Ceremonies
Thursday, 4/2, 6:20 pm
Friday, 4/3, 6:40 am

Buddha's Birthday
Saturday, 4/4 (Saturday program starts at 8:30 am)

Bodhisattva Ceremony
Saturday, 4/11, 9:40 am

One-Day Sesshin
Sunday, 4/12