Family Practice

Save The Date! JULY 26 - 27
You are warmly invited to the annual Berkeley Zen Center Campout, scheduled for July 26-27. We’ve reserved a group campsite in nearby Tilden Park, and will meet for a potluck dinner and possibly a short hike, along with s’mores and songs around the campfire, followed by oatmeal and coffee/tea/cocoa in the morning. Join us to pass on the campfire rounds we grew up with, tell stories, and learn the latest songs from our own kids. Families and those without children are all welcome. If you prefer not to stay for the night, come for the dinner and company. If you would like to stay but are missing a tent or sleeping bag, let us know, and we can almost definitely find one for you. Contact Katherine O. at klo999 AT if you have questions. Look for a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in early July.

Saturday Morning Supervised Play
Supervised play is offered by donation on many Saturday mornings (see schedule below), for 9:40am zazen through lecture. Currently this is being led by Berkeley High student Lihong Chan. We need to know by noon the Friday before, if you are planning to avail yourselves of this service. Phone or e-mail Laurie Senauke, 510.845.2215, or lauries AT . Coverage for 8:45am zazen instruction and beginner orientation is offered by special arrangement; contact Laurie for more info.

Kidzendo is a program for children three and up, offered about twice a month during the school year, usually on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, from 9:30 to 11:15 am (check detailed schedule below to confirm. Together, we explore meditation, mindfulness, compassion and some Buddhist traditions in a kid-friendly fashion. We are developing our curriculum from several different sources and experimenting with what works best for our situation, which often includes kids of different ages (pre-school through late elementary). BZC members Tamar Enoch and Seicho Judy Fleischman are among those teaching. Come be part of the adventure! Our program includes songs, stories, discussions, snacks, walks, and art activities. BZC resident Laurie Senauke oversees the program and is available to answer questions and receive input (lauries at Donations welcome.

Family Practice Email Group
To make it easier to publicize, announce and remind ourselves about family practice activities at BZC, we have a Yahoo group. We’d love to have you join this list if you have children in your life, even if you don’t typically attend family practice events. We promise to only send, at most, ONE email per week, just a short reminder of upcoming events. To join, just email Laurie (lauries AT or Marie (marie_hopper AT


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Upcoming Dates


Apr 5:  Buddha's Birthday
Apr 12:  Supervised play
Apr 19: Supervised play
Apr 26: Kidzendo


May 3 :  Supervised play
May 10:  Sesshin - no prog
May 17: Kidzendo
May 24:Supervised play
May 31: Supervised play


June 7:  Supervised play
June 14:  Supervised play
June 21: Sesshin - no prog
June 28: TBA

RSVP appreciated for ALL family programs; family activities are subject to change (isn't everything?). If we know you are planning to come, we can share late-breaking news.