Dharma Offerings

In addition to multi-day retreats and sesshins, we offer many opportunities each week to come in contact with dharma teachings, as well as regular half-day and daylong retreats.



Dharma talks, beginners’ second Saturdays and Wednesday evening offerings

You don’t need to register for these events, which occur as part of our weekly meditation schedule. Also see our weekly meditation schedule.

Past offerings:

Wednesday Evening with Rev. Daigan Gaither, July 18

Liberation through Anger, dharma talk with Lama Rod, June 30

Dharma talk with Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan, June 23

Ordination, Love, and Monastic Zen in Japan: a special Friday Night Zen program with Gesshin Claire Greenwood, June 22

The Bodhisattva Path: the Activist Path, dharma talk with Marisela Gomez, April 28

Special Wednesday Evening with Natalie Goldberg, April 25

Revolutionary Love, Radical Love: dharma talk with Rev. angel Kyodo williams, April 7

Wednesday Evening with Spring Washam, March 28

Body Wisdom for Healing Separation: Moving with Metta and Ubuntu, Wednesday evening with Kaira Jewel Lingo, Jan 17

Sitting with Burning Difference: Dharma talk with Greg Snyder, Nov 4

Chan Practice and the Bodhisattva Path: Dharma talk with Rebecca Li, Sept 23

Death and Dharma: 2017 Summer Series

Settled Activity in an Unsettling World: Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin, June 24

Dharma talk with Revs. Paco Lugoviña and Daiken Nelson, May 6

Sewing Buddha’s Robe: Dharma talk by visiting teacher Catherine GammonApril 12


One-day and half-day meditation retreats

Click on the links for more details and to register. Note that registration for one-day sits closes 8 days before the retreat, and scholarships are available, whose application is due 13 days before the retreat. See the event pages for more information.

BZC offers retreats at several price levels to allow participants to pay according to individual means. If you have been a member of BZC for more than three months, you can apply for the member rate. Please consider giving at our sustaining rate which directly supports inclusive community attendance on our retreats.

Upcoming offerings: 

One-day sit with Laura O’Loughlin, September 15

Half-Day Sit for Beginners with Shokuchi Carrigan, September 30

Wholehearted Activity: 1-day retreat with Laura O’Loughlin, October 20

Past offerings:

Half-Day Sit for Beginners, July 15

Cultivating the Great Compassion of Zen, 1-Day Sit with Laura O’Loughlin, May 19

Learning the Backward Step and Fully Embracing Life, a Special Wholehearted Activity 1-day retreat with Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan, April 21

1-day retreat with Kaira Jewel Lingo, April 1

One-day AYP Teen Retreat, March 3

Cultivating Bodhisattva Effort Until Death, 1-day retreat with Greg Snyder, Jan 20

Practicing Unsafe Dharma: Ethics, Sex, and the Bodhisattva Attitude, 1-day retreat with Lama Rod Owens, Nov 5

Creating a Beautiful Past: Dwelling in the Present We Heal the Past and Take Good Care of the Future, 1-day retreat with Kaira Jewel Lingo, Oct 1

Our Path of Devotion and Disappointment: 1-day retreat with Greg Snyder, June 17

Radical Dharma, Radical Love: The Resistance and Liberation of Personal Practice, 1-day retreat with Rev. angel Kyodo williams, April 30