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

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

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

Embodying the Precepts (class), CC 10/8 – 11/26

Led by Jisan Tova Green and Nancy Petrin
Tuesdays, October 8 – November 26, 7:30 – 9 pm

Morning Yoga for Sitters: Alignment in Practice (class), CC 10/9 – 11/20

With Shosan Victoria Austin
in the Conference Center at 308 Page Street
Seven Wednesday mornings, October 9 – November 20, 7:30 – 8:15 am

Dharma Gate of Repose and Bliss: A Playful and Practical Exploration of Zazen Posture (class), CC 10/10 – 11/21

With Myoju Erin Merk
Seven Thursdays, October 10 – November 21, 7:30 – 9 pm

Awake Body – Awake Mind: Embodying the Buddha Way (class), CC 10/12 – 11/23

With Kiku Christina Lehnherr
Six Saturdays, October 12 – November 23, 8:45 – 9:45 am

Awakening (class), CC 10/14 – 11/25

With Ryushin Paul Haller
Seven Mondays, October 14 – November 25, 7:30 – 9 pm

Community Service – Reaching Out with the Heart and Body of Practice, CC 10/16 – 11/20

With Jeffrey Schneider and Kiku Christina Lehnherr
Six Wednesdays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 6 – 8:45 am

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.