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.

Upcoming offerings:

2018 Fall Practice Period Closing Ceremony, Dec 19

New Year’s Eve Celebration and Sit, December 31

Full Moon Ceremony, Jan 23

Dharma talk with Yoko Ohashi, Feb 23

Dharma talk with Yoko Ohashi, April 20

Past offerings:

Second Saturday with Yoko Ohashi and Ian Case, Nov 10

Full moon ceremony, October 24

Dharma talk with Yoko Ohashi, October 27

Second Saturday with Shokuchi Deirdre Carrigan, October 13

Practice Period Opening Ceremony, September 19

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

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

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

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

Death and Dharma: 2017 Summer Series

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.

Past offerings:

Karmic Realms of Suffering as the Path to Liberation: 1-day zazenkai with Laura O’Loughlin, November 17

Exploring Karma Together as Sangha: 1-day sit with Greg Snyder, November 3

Decolonizing Sexuality for Male Identified Practitioners: 1-day retreat with Lama Rod and Rev. Daigan Gaither, Nov. 4

Enlivening our Everyday Life: 1-day wholehearted activity retreat with Laura O’Loughlin, October 20

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

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