Welcome to West Houston Zen Center

Welcome to the Website for West Houston Zen Center! The West Houston Zen Center, incorporated under the name of the Southwestern Son (Zen) Academy, is a non-profit Texas Corporation whose charter and membership is dedicated to proving the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha through Zen meditation and inquiry. The West Houston Zen Center is also home to Nam Son Sa Temple that supports the devotional practice of members in the traditional Korean manner. The West Houston Center was established in 1986.

Summer Schedule 2014
Zen Meditation Sittings
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sundays: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.*
Practice includes tea ceremony, chanting, mindful walking, two sittings, encouragement talk or reading
*Last Sunday of each month sittings begin at 8:00 a.m. and the practice continues to 10:30 a.m.

On Sundays we also regularly have a silent tea ceremony and chanting practice (Heart Sutra in English, Great Dharani and others). Visitors and new or visiting Zen practitioners are always welcome! Please try to come fifteen minutes early in order to get oriented.

Introduction to Zen Class
We will have an Introduction to Zen Meditation Class on Saturday, September 13 at 9 a.m. to noon. Practical approach to the practice of Zen meditiaton and the Zen life. Donation recommended: $15. As more classes become available, we will update the schedule. Our goal is to hold a class once every quarter for those who wish to learn. The class involves one week dedication to sitting and instruction in techniques for meditation. All of our instructors are experienced meditators, and also have the ability to effectively teach you the best ways of sitting and meditation techniques.


Field Trip to Turrell Skyspace at Rice University: Friday, May 23
Introduction to Zen Class: Saturday, September 13, 9 AM to noon
Houston Retreat with Zen Master Dae Gak: Friday through Sunday Nov 21 - 23
Buddha’s Enlightenment Day Observance: Monday, December 8th

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