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.

About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations

Connecting Communications: Giving Voice to Our Boundless Hearts, CC 5/17 – 5/31

Using the Four Brahma Viharas to support mindful speech
With Keiryū Liên Shutt
May 17, 24, and 31, 7:30 – 9 pm

YOGA: Friendliness from the Body’s Point of View, CC 5/8 – 6/5

With Shosan Victoria Austin
May 8, 15, 29, and June 5, 7:30 – 8:15 am

Dogs, Dragons, and Pebbles: Koans as a Guide to Conduct (Class), CC 5/6 – 6/3

Led by Anshi Zachary Smith
Six Mondays, May 6 – June 3, 7:30 – 9 pm

Cultivating a Boundless Heart with the Brahmaviharas (class), CC 5/7 – 6/4

With Abiding Abbot Tenzen David Zimmerman
Five Tuesdays, May 7 – June 4, 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

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

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

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.