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.

About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations

Vigilance – Taming and Guarding the Mind (class), GGF 8/27 – 10/1

With Sonja Gardenswartz
Six Tuesdays, August 27 – October 1, 7:30 – 9 pm

Grab Bag Koan Hour with Resident Teachers, GGF 9/1 – 9/29

Sundays, September 1 – 29, 7:35 – 8:35 am
Take an hour on each of the five Sundays this September to turn a classic Zen koan with a GGF resident teacher!

Monday Evening Class with Abbess Fu Schroeder, GGF 10/21 – 11/25

With Abiding Abbess Fu Schroeder
Six Mondays, October 21 – November 25, 7:30 – 9 pm

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.