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

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

Mindful Social Change: Dharma talk with Kaira Jewel Lingo, Sept 30

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

Death and Dharma: 2017 Summer Series

Book Reading with Joanne Cacciatore: Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief, June 28

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

The Zen Path of Seeing Yourself: Dharma talk by Greg Snyder, May 20

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

Living the Dharma of Mother Earth: Dharma talk by Laura O’Loughlin, April 22

Dharma talk by visiting teacher Lama Rod Owens, April 23

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

Dharma talk with Taigen Leighton, March 25

Full Moon Ceremony, November 16

Embodied Practice with Rev. angel Kyodo williams, October 12

The Relative Reality of Gender, June 8


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

Half-Day Sit for Beginners, Nov 19

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

Half-Day Sit for Beginners, Sept 24

Wholehearted Activity: The Whole of Life is What We Do, 1-day retreat with Laura O’Loughlin, Sept 16

Half-Day Sit for Beginners, July 23

Wholehearted Activity: 1-day retreat, July 15

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

Half-Day Retreat with Erica Essner and Jefre Cantu, May 7

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

The Whole of Life is What We Do: Wholehearted Activity 1-day retreat with Greg Snyder, April 15

Half-day sit with Yoko Ohashi and Koshin Rose, March 26

One-day retreat with Rev. angel Kyodo williams, March 18th