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.

Bringing Down the Walls that Separate Us: Practicing with the Precepts (Class), CC 1/29 – 3/12

With Jisan Tova Green
Seven Mondays, January 29 – March 12, 7:30 – 9 pm

Experience & Investigation: Studying the Six Paramitas (Class), CC 1/30 – 3/13

With Kyoshin Wendy Lewis and Kanzan David Zimmerman
Seven Tuesdays, January 30 – March 13, 7:30 – 9 pm

Dogen’s Koans (Class), CC 2/1 – 3/15

With Jamie Howell
in the City Center Sangha Room
Seven Thursdays, February 1 – March 15, 7:30 – 9 pm

Introduction to Zen Meditation 禅修入门 (II) – class taught in Mandarin Chinese, CC 4/4 – 4/25

导师: 玄道 (Rev. Gendo Lucy Xiao)
时间: 四个周三 (4/4,4/11,4/18,4/25) 5:30 - 7 pm

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

With Keiryu Liên Shutt
January 4, 11, 18, 25 – 2018
April 5, 12, 19, 26
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
February 1 – March 15

Yoga for Sitters: The Six Perfections as Body Practice (Class), CC 1/31 – 3/14

With Shosan Victoria Austin
in the Conference Center at 308 Page Street
Seven Wednesday mornings, January 31 – March 14, 7:30 – 8:20 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.

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

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.