Classes & Extended Courses

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Buddhism has a 2,500-year history and there have been many schools of Buddhist thought and many styles of practice. Study is traditional in Zen monasteries, where zazen and intellectual understanding inform and deepen each other.

Class series begin at different times of the year and are organized around six core topics:

  • Buddha's Life and Early Texts
  • Buddhist Psychology
  • Buddhist Wisdom
  • Ethics and Compassion
  • Zen
  • Contemporary Buddhism

For class and workshop registration, please use the Register Online button on the event page, or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362). We accept Visa or Mastercard.

Refund Policy

15 days or more: $20 service charge
14 - 8 days: 50% of the total fees
7 days or less: no refund
(minimum cancellation fee: $20)


Fees vary based on number of class meetings, but the basic fee is $20 per class meeting, with a reduced fee for members and those with limited income; see each class for fee information.

About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations

What Is the Most Important Thing? (class), CC 7/15 – 8/5: class postponed

With Jisho Lisa Hoffman
Four Mondays, July 15 – August 5, 7:30 – 9 pm

The Bodhisattva Vows (class), CC 7/9 – 7/30

With Shundo David Haye
Four Tuesdays, July 9 – 30, 7:30 – 9 pm

Trust in Mind Three-week Dharma Talk Series, CC 7/10, 7/17, and 7/31

With Kyoshin Wendy Lewis
Three Wednesdays, July 10, 17, and 31, 7:30 – 8:45 pm
The Wednesday evening Dharma talks over these three meetings will be on Trust in Mind, a Zen poem attributed to the third Chinese ancestor Seng Ts’an.

Meditation Training 1.5: The Extended Version, CC 6/13 – 7/25

With Keiryu Liên Shutt
6 Thursdays, June 13 – July 25 (no class on July 4), 7:30 – 9 pm

Buddha’s Robe Sewing Retreat 2019, CC 6/14 – 6/17

Led by Kiku Christina Lehnherr and Timothy Wicks
Friday, June 14, 2 pm through Monday, June 17, 12 noon

Meditation Training: Establishing a Meditation Practice in Four Short Weeks (class)

With Keiryu Liên Shutt
Four Thursdays, 7:30 – 9 pm

Meditation 2.0: Mindfulness and Working with the Five Hindrances (class)

With Keiryu Liên Shutt
Seven Thursdays, 7:30 – 9 pm

Transforming Depression and Anxiety: Weekly Practice Class

Practice classes facilitated by David Zimmerman and others

For those who have participated in the Transforming Depression and Anxiety basic introductory workshops. These 1½-hour practice classes are offered to those who are interested in fine-tuning the practices introduced in the basic skills workshops taught throughout the year at SFZC and at other venues.

Sewing Buddha’s Robe

This class is to assist those who have received permission from their teacher to sew a rakusu or okesa in preparation for receiving precepts and a robe in Jukai or Shukke Tokudo.