Classes & Extended Courses

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Classes series start 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.

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

Next classes: Four Thursday evenings,January 5 – 26, 2017
Four Friday mornings, 10:30 am – 12 pm
With Keiryu Liên Shutt

Establishing the Path of Practice (EPP) 2016, CC 9/24 – 12/13

A 12-Week Non-Residential Program
With Ryushin Paul Haller and other Zen teachers
Registration deadline extended to September 24

Fall Practice Period Classes, City Center

Vimalakirti and the Zen Path (class), CC 10/4 – 11/22

Eight Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9 pm
With Rinso Ed Sattizahn

Vimalakirti's Briefcase: Eight Weeks to Establish Your Job as Your Temple (class), CC 10/4 – 11/22

Eight webinars, Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:15 pm
With Shosan Victoria Austin

Canceled: Introduction to Zen (class), CC 10/6 – 11/17

Seven Thursdays, 7:30 – 9 pm
With Kai Ji Jeffrey Schneider

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

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

Introduction to Koans (class), CC 8/4 – 8/25

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

CANCELED: Taking the Great Leap: Death, Dying and Living in Every Moment (class), CC 9/1 – 9/22

Four Thursdays , 7:30 – 9 pm
With Myogen Kathryn Stark

Six Paramitas: Cultivating the Virtues of Awakening (class), CC 10/3 – 11/21

Eight Mondays, 7:30 – 9 pm
With Ryushin Paul Haller

Unpacking the Heart Sutra (class), CC 10/8 – 11/19

Seven Saturday mornings, 8:30 – 10:00 am
With Zachary Smith

Contemplative Caregiver Courses 2016

With Jennifer Block and other teachers
New: Individual daylong workshops that may also be taken as a complete set for a certificate

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.

The Way of Tea at City Center (Ongoing Class)

Select Mondays at City Center (see contact info to confirm schedule and participation)

Sewing Buddha's Robe

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.