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Classes & Extended Courses

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Classes are organized around a core six-root curriculum.

  • Root I: Buddha's Life and Early Texts
  • Root II: Buddhist Psychology
  • Root III: Buddhist Wisdom
  • Root IV: Ethics and Compassion
  • Root V: Zen
  • Root VI: Contemporary Buddhism

In Roots I through V, the study is text-based. Our emphasis is on understanding the material for its relevance to Buddhist insight, practice, and living. Root VI, Contemporary Buddhism, is concerned with issues relevant to us as Buddhists living in a complex and diverse culture.

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Class series start at different times of the year.

Registration

For class and workshop registration, please use the ticket table or 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

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 (CC Class)
with Liên Shutt
in the City Center Buddha Hall
Four Thursdays, 7:30 - 9 pm

Want to learn how to meditate? Or, have you tried at different times but just can’t quite figure out how to make it work for you? This four-class series is geared just for you.


Accessing Ease in Practice: Working with the Five Hindrances (Class), CC 9/4 - 10/2
with Keiryu Liên Shutt
Five Thursdays, September 4 - October 2, 2014

The Five Hindrances are typical mind states which can impede development of concentration and mindfulness. In this class, we will explore classic and contemporary teachings on how to become aware of and work with these states, as well as cultivate their antidotes.


Living with the Precepts (Class), CC 10/6 - 11/24
with Jisan Tova Green and Daiyu Judith Randall
Eight Mondays: October 6 - November 24, 2014

This class focuses on the precepts as guideposts for our thoughts, speech and actions, for living ethically, with deep regard for ourselves, others, and the world in which we live.


Suzuki Roshi’s Way of Practice (Class), CC 10/7 - 11/25
with Abiding Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn
Eight Tuesdays: October 7 - November 25, 2014

When we do not expect anything, we can be ourselves. That is our way, to live fully in each moment of time. 


Yoga for Attention to Posture and Breathing (Class), CC 10/8 - 11/26
with Shosan Victoria Austin
Eight Wednesdays: October 8 - November 26, 2014

This eight-week Iyengar yoga class is designed to address the topic of human imperfection in meditation, not by imposing perfection, but by applying precise, appropriate effort, first to known areas of body and mind, then to the study of the unknown.


Karma (Class), CC 10/9 - 11/20
with Anshin Rosalie Curtis
Seven Thursdays: October 9 - November 20

"Karma" simply means "action." We will read and discuss teachings on karma by Suzuki Roshi and Dogen, and the famous koan of Pai-Chang’s fox.


The Life of the Buddha (Class), 10/9 - 11/20
with Myoju Erin Merk
Seven Thursdays: October 9 - November 20

This class will explore the life of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, his path of practice, and the relevance of his life stories and teachings to our own lives and journeys. Everyone is welcome, and this class is appropriate for beginners.


Supporting Zazen with Qigong (Class), CC 11/6 - 11/20
with Liping Zhu
Three Thursdays: November 6, 13, and 20

This class will teach Qigong exercises and breathing techniques that will support zazen practice.


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.



Transforming Depression and Anxiety: Drop-in Classes
Thursdays
6 to 7:30 pm
Practice classes are facilitated by Lee Lipp, PhD
Conference Center, 308 Page Street

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.


Contemplative Caregiver Course 2014
January 31 - December 6, 2014

A yearlong certificate training program in contemplative practices and care methods, offered in collaboration with Beyond Measure School for Contemplative Care, founded by Jennifer Block.


Establishing the Path of Practice 2014
One-Year Non-Residential Training Program
September 27, 2014 - July 18, 2015
with Ryushin Paul Haller and other Zen teachers

This one-year, experiential training program is designed to help participants develop a sustainable daily meditation practice and mindfulness of body, mind and emotions during everyday activities and relationships.