Everyday Enlightenment: Shunryu Suzuki’s Expression of Zen Practice
led by Abiding Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn
September 30 - December 6 Residential, commuter and online options available
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi founded the San Francisco Zen Center and taught here from 1959 to his death in 1971. Suzuki Roshi brought a “beginner's mind” to developing the practice at Zen Mind Temple at Tassajara and Beginner’s Mind Temple in San Francisco. His adaptation of traditional Zen practice to American culture in both an urban and a remote mountain setting gives us insight into his hope for the future of American Zen.
We will explore his expression of Zen practice through his lectures and the stories from students who knew him, as well as his teachings on zazen, rituals, work practice, precepts, koans and the teacher-student relationship.
This practice period will offer a variety of practices designed to engage Suzuki Roshi’s way, both for those who will practice primarily at City Center and those who will practice at home, accessing dharma talks and classes online.
The practice schedule of the Center will include:
The practice period begins with an orientation on the evening of Monday, September 29. The first one-day sitting is on Saturday, October 4. The practice period includes a second one-day sitting
and concludes with the seven-day Rohatsu Sesshin
, November 30 to December 6. Online Participation Commuter Participation
Commuting participants join the practice period at a level of commitment that is appropriate to their circumstances.
Commuter fees: $75 plus additional fees for sittings, classes, sesshins, workshops and events, as indicated. Use the ticket table below or include payment with your application, or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).
Residential practice period participants join the full practice period schedule, or a limited schedule that includes everything except the daily work practice. Residential participants should plan to arrive by the early afternoon of September 29.
Full: Includes full-time work practice at City Center:
$1,876 shared room
$2,077 private room, if available
Limited: Not working at City Center:
$2,412 shared room
$3,149 private room, if available
- Download the Residential Practice Period Application [Word]/[PDF]. You may also email the office (email@example.com) to request one, or call 415.863.3136.
- To process residential applications, a non-refundable fee of $30 is required. Use the ticket table below or include payment with your application, or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).
- Please also review the City Center Training Program and Practice Guidelines.
- Deadline for residential applications is August 5.
We will accept new residential participants in the practice period based on available housing. If you want to practice as a resident, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as residential space is limited, but before August 5.
Rinso Ed Sattizahn (Abiding Abbot, City Center)
After meeting Suzuki Roshi in 1970, Rinso Ed Sattizahn lived at Tassajara and later served as Zen Center's vice president, president, and board chair. From 1983 to 2000 Ed held various executive positions in the microcomputer software industry. In 2003, he was shuso at Green Gulch Farm, and in the same year co-founded Vimala Sangha in Mill Valley with Lew Richmond. Now an ordained priest with dharma transmission (from Lew Richmond), he remains the guiding teacher at Vimala Sangha Mill Valley. He became abiding abbot of Zen Center's City Center in March 2014.