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.


The First Turning of the of Dharma Wheel (Class), GGF 4/16 - 5/14

With JiSen Stephen Hale
Five Sundays: April 16 – May 14
7:45 – 8:45 am

Introducing Buddhism by “Classifying the Teachings” (class), GGF 5/1 – 6/5

With Jiryu Rutschman-Byler
Five Mondays: May 1 – June 5, 2017 (no class on May 29), 7:30 – 9 pm

What does Buddhism teach, and how have these teachings evolved over time?

The Five Skandhas and the End of Suffering (class), GGF 5/21 – 6/18

With Shokuchi Carrigan
Five Sunday mornings: May 21 – June 18, 2017

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

Coming of Age Program 2016-2017

Coming of Age Program 2016-2017

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

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.