Senior Dharma Teacher Sojun Mel Weitsman
Senior Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller
January 5 - April 4, 2014
(Apply by November 15, 2013)
Tassajara’s ninety-day practice period follows the traditional Soto Zen monastic schedule
. The practice period is an opportunity for experienced practitioners to join with the Tassajara community in intensive practice at Zen Mountain Center (Zenshinji). Prerequisite
for practice at Tassajara is completion of at least one residential practice period at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center or Green Gulch Farm; or equivalent experience. Practice Period fees
$3400 US (plus $30 application fee), which covers room, board and tuition. Payment in full is required upon arrival at Tassajara unless another arrangement is made in advance with the director. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer financial scholarships for practice periods. However, a scholarship (which includes room, board and tuition) may be earned by participating in the Work Practice Apprenticeship Program
(*As the basic operating expenses for the practice period are in excess of $4500 per student, please feel free to donate more if you are able.)
Important Practice Period Documents:
Application deadline: November 15, 2013.
Please send your application and $30 application fee** to:
City Center Abbess Assistant
San Francisco Zen Center
300 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
**All checks should be made out to Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.
For further information, please contact Judith Randall at 415.354.0393 or >
Sojun Mel Weitsman
Sojun Mel Weitsman is a San Francisco Zen Center senior dharma teacher and Abbot of Berkeley Zen Center. He received priest ordination from Suzuki Roshi in 1969 and in 1984 he received dharma transmission from Suzuki Roshi's son, Hoitsu Suzuki Roshi.
Ryushin Paul Haller (Urban Temple Dharma Teacher)
Ryushin Paul Haller is a dharma heir of Sojun Mel Weitsman and has taught at Zen Center for over 20 years. He served as abiding abbot at City Center from 2003 to 2012, and remains at City Center as urban temple dharma teacher. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he teaches throughout the US and Europe and has led mindfulness programs to assist with depression and recovery. Paul has also taught in prisons and has a long involvement with the Zen Hospice Project. He has been practicing yoga for 25 years.