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)

Choose evening or morning classes
With Keiryu Liên Shutt

Interconnected: Challenging Racism and White Privilege with Mindfulness and Compassion—A Class for White People (class with half-day workshop), CC 1/21 – 3/13

Saturday, January 21: 1 – 5 pm plus
January 30 – March 13, 2017
Seven Mondays, 7:30 – 9 pm

The Zen Way: The Principles and Practices of Zen (class), CC 1/30 – 3/13

Seven Mondays, 7:30 – 9 pm
With Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller

Radical Acceptance (class), CC 1/31 – 3/14

Seven Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9 pm
With Laura Burges

Unpacking Zen Koans (class), CC 1/31 – 3/14

Seven Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9 pm
With Jamie Howell

Bringing the Precepts to Life (class), CC 2/2 – 3/16

Seven Thursdays, 7:30 – 9 pm
With Kanzan David Zimmerman

Establishing the Path of Practice (EPP) 2017, CC 2/4 – 4/8

A 10-Week Non-Residential Program
With Ryushin Paul Haller and other Zen teachers
Register by February 1

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

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

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.

Three EPP Alumni Share Their Experiences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.