Visits & Stays

Work Practice Apprenticeship

Work Practice Apprenticeship

To better accomplish our mission, “to express, make accessible, and embody the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha,” the San Francisco Zen Center has developed the Work Practice Apprenticeship (WPA) Program for Zen students who are ready to enter a two-year, entry-level Zen training program.

Work Practice Apprenticeship

Work Practice Apprenticeship

To better accomplish our mission, “to express, make accessible, and embody the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha,” the San Francisco Zen Center has developed a Work Practice Apprenticeship (WPA) Program for Zen students who are ready to enter a two-year, entry-level Zen training program.

Guest Accommodations

Guest Accommodations

San Francisco Zen Center offers seven charming guest rooms for short-term stays at the corner of Page and Laguna.

Guest Student Stays

Guest Student Stays

The City Center Guest Student Program offers a short-term residency opportunity of two to six weeks for those interested in beginning or continuing their Zen practice within the support of community. Guest students participate in the daily life of City Center, which includes zazen (sitting meditation), services (sutra chanting), work (frequently of a physical nature), and communal vegetarian meals.

Getting Here

Getting Here

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Residential Practice

Residential Practice

The City Center Resident Training Program is designed to support Zen students to sit zazen, practice intimately with each other and with the bodhisattva precepts, and gain a thorough understanding of what it is to take refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.