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.

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

CANCELED The Zen Poetry of Aging (class), CC 4/5 – 4/26

Four Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9 pm
With Jisan Tova Green

Spring Practice Period Classes, City Center

Introduction to Buddhism (class), CC 4/7 – 4/28

Four Thursdays, 7:30 - 9 pm
With Ryuko Laura Burges

CANCELED Meditation 2.0: Working with the Five Hindrances (class), CC 5/5 – 6/2

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

The Bodhisattva's Four Embracing Actions (class), CC 5/9 – 6/6

Four Mondays, 7:30 – 9 pm
With Anshin Rosalie Curtis

Practices for Cultivating a Mind of Radical Trust (class), CC 5/10 – 6/7

Five Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9 pm
With Kanzan David Zimmerman and Jisan Tova Green

CANCELED The Four Noble Truths: Buddha’s First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma (class), CC 5/12 – 6/2

Four Thursdays, 7:30 – 9 pm
With Shokan Jordan Thorn

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

Four Thursdays, June 16 – July 7
With Keiryu Liên Shutt

Yoga for Trust (class), CC 5/11 – 6/8

Four Wednesday mornings, 7:30 - 8:15 am
With Shosan Victoria Austin

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

Morning Yoga for Sitters (class)

Select Wednesday mornings in March and April, 7:30 - 8:20 am
With graduates of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco 200-Hour Teacher Training Program, mentored by Shosan Victoria Austin

Transforming Depression and Anxiety: Weekly Practice Class

Transforming Depression and Anxiety: Weekly Practice Class

Practice classes facilitated by Lee Lipp, PhD, 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.