Berkeley Zen Center

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Berkeley Zen Center
Berkeley Zen Center.JPG
Location1931 Russell Street, Berkeley, California 94703
CountryUnited States
FounderSojun Mel Weitsman
Shunryu Suzuki

Berkeley Zen Center (BZC), temple name Shogakuji (正覚寺, Shōgaku-ji), is a Sōtō Zen Buddhist practice center located in Berkeley, California led by Sojun Mel Weitsman. An informal affiliate to the San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC),[1] BZC was founded in 1967 by Weitsman and Shunryu Suzuki as a satellite group for the SFZC.[2] Despite founding the center, Weitsman was not installed as abbot there until 1985, one year after receiving Dharma transmission from Hoitsu Suzuki.[3] Weitsman's Dharma heir, Alan Senauke, lives on site with his wife Laurie Senauke (as of 1999) and also works for the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.[4] Another former teacher at BZC was Maylie Scott, who died in 2001.[5] In 1969 Zenkei Blanche Hartman began sitting zazen at BZC, receiving Dharma transmission from Weitsman in 1988.[1] In 1979 the center relocated to its current location on Russell Street—and today houses a small group of residents who live on site.[2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ford, 129
  2. ^ Dimidjian, 137
  3. ^ Gach, 230
  4. ^ Prebish, 108
  5. ^ Queen, 266


  • Dimidjian, Victoria Jean; Norman Fischer (2004). Journeying East: Conversations on Aging and Dying. Parallax Press. ISBN 1-888375-36-1.
  • Ford, James Ishmael (2006). Zen Master Who?: A Guide to the People and Stories of Zen. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-509-8.
  • Gach, Gary (1998). What Book!?: Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop. Parallax Press. ISBN 0-938077-92-9.
  • Prebish, Charles S (1999). Luminous Passage: The Practice and Study of Buddhism in America. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-21697-0.
  • Queen, Christopher S (2000). Engaged Buddhism in the West. Wisdom publications. ISBN 0-86171-159-9.

Coordinates: 37°51′24″N 122°16′12″W / 37.856540°N 122.269917°W / 37.856540; -122.269917