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Winter 2015 Practice Period at City Center

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Anshin Rosalie Curtis
Jisan Tova Green
Seven-Day Sesshin at City Center, 3/22 - 3/28
03/22/2015 - 03/28/2015
Continuous Practice: What's Happening Now?

with Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller
January 21 - March 28, 2015

Residential, commuter and online options available

What's happening now? What thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and response to interactions? Whether sitting in stillness or fully engaged in activity, attending to the experience of the moment reveals who we are, how we resist or cling to our experiences, and how we can open in a liberating and insightful way.

Cultivating and sustaining this practice of continuous awareness is the theme of this practice period at City Center. There are three categories of effort in this practice:
  • Establishing the skilful behaviors that lessen our stress and support the development of awareness.
  • Bringing attention, contact and awareness to what arises moment by moment in our thoughts, feelings and interactions.
  • Integrating the insights that become evident through practice awareness into our everyday activities and relationships.
The intention of a practice period is to offer each participant the guidance and support to increase their involvement in the elements of practice. Urban practice requests an adaptable and durable effort that flows from one situation to the next—sometimes defined by traditional Zen formalities and sometimes defined by the unexpected occurrences of city life. Our collective inquiry will be to examine the understanding, dedication, guidance and support needed to sustain these elements of practice in the midst of the myriad activities of each day.

With a foundation of daily sitting, classes, weekly lectures, and each other’s support, we'll study ourselves and traditional Zen teachings that illuminate this path of Awakening. Additionally there will be a yoga workshop designed to help with sitting zazen.

The practice period begins with an orientation on the evening of Tuesday, January 20. The first one-day sitting is on Saturday, January 24. The practice period includes two one-day sittings and concludes with a seven-day sesshin, March 22 - 28.

Online Participation

Visit the Online Participation page for information and registration.

Commuter Participation


Commuting participants join the practice period at a level of commitment that is appropriate to their circumstances.

Commuter Fee: $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).

Commuter Application:
Residential Participation

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 January 20.

Residential Fees:
  • Full: Includes full-time work practice at City Center
    $1,848 shared room
    $2,310 private room, if available
  • Limited: Not working at City Center
    $2,706 shared room
    $3,102 private room, if available
Residential Applications:
  • Download the Residential Practice Period Application [Word]/[PDF]. You may also email the office (ccoffice@sfzc.org) 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).
Deadline for residential applications: December 20, 2014
Note: 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.


Related Bio(s):

Anshin Rosalie Curtis
Anshin Rosalie Curtis came to Zen Center for the first time on January 2, 1982 for a Saturday Dharma talk. She has held various staff and officer positions and was Zen Center's graphic designer for ten years in the 1990s. She completed her shuso training as a lay practitioner in 2004, was ordained as a priest a year later, and received Dharma transmission from Michael Wenger in 2011. Currently she is the tanto, head of practice, at City Center.

Jisan Tova Green
Jisan Tova Green, LCSW, currently serves on the Board of Directors as Vice President of San Francisco Zen Center. Previously she held positions as City Center Director and as a hospice social worker. A practice leader at San Francisco Zen Center, Tova co-founded Zen Center's Queer Dharma Group.