Classes & Extended Courses

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Classes are offered on Sunday morning and Monday and Tuesday evenings. An ongoing sewing class is offered on Sunday afternoon. 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.


Exploring Our Infinite Life, GGF 6/26 – 8/7

Mondays, June 26 – August 7, 7:30 – 9 pm (no class on July 3)
This series of face-to-face meetings is offered for the sake of actualizing freedom, peace and justice among all living beings.

Coming of Age Program 2017 – 2018

Coming of Age Program 2017 – 2018

For 7th and 8th Grade Boys and Girls
Monthly meetings, September 2017 to May 2018

The Five Skandhas and the End of Suffering (class), GGF 5/21 – 6/25

With Shokuchi Carrigan
Five Sunday mornings: May 21 – June 25, 2017; no class on June 4

In this class, we will examine and discuss one of the earliest teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, his teaching on the five skandhas.

Sewing Buddha's Robe

Sewing Buddha's Robe

Instruction in sewing a rakusu, Buddha’s robe, is offered for those who are preparing for the Bodhisattva Initiation Ceremony with a Zen Center or affiliated teacher.