Member Resources

Welcome to the Member Resource Page. We’re glad you are here. Please see below for news and events specific to members, and please let us know if you have any questions:

Member Benefits

All SFZC Members are eligible for 10% discount on all classes, SFZC Bookstore purchases, and one-day sittings. Please bookmark the SFZC calendar found here. Spring classes begin at City Center on April 5, and at Green Gulch the week of April 24.

You are also eligible for a 10% discount on all Wisdom Publications purchases. Please use the code SFMC01 between now and June 30, 2016 when you purchase a dharma book at

Hiking Club at Green Gulch Farm: SFZC member Tom Hetherington has volunteered to lead a monthly hike from Green Gulch. The group will meet after lunch by the picnic tables beside the Welcome Center. Bring water, sunscreen, and a hat.

Upcoming hike dates are:

June 19
July 17
August 21

Contact Tom for more information at:

Book Club in Napa: SFZC member Judith Gilbert will host a book club focusing on Inside the Grass Hut: Living Shitou's Classic Zen Poem, by Ben Connelly. The club will take place in Napa on Mondays, beginning April 25, for eight Mondays, skipping Memorial Day.

Please contact Judith directly if you are interested in joining:

If you are intertested in hosting a dharma book club in your area, please contact

Dharma Rain, Forest, and Ocean Members: A reminder that you are eligible for 15% off Tassajara summer retreats! Guest Season begins on April 28, 2016.

Dharma Ocean Members: A reminder that in addition to other benefits, Dharma Ocean also includes one-day sittings and practice period classes at Green Gulch and City Center free of charge (this does not include workshops, Ed Brown sittings or online classes).

Volunteer Opportunities and Community Outreach

A group of Zen Center volunteers preparing to serve breakfast to the homeless at St. Boniface

"First of all, a sincere—our practice—sincere practice—our sincere practice is not, you know, practice just for himself. This is not so difficult to understand. Bodhisattva practice is not just to help himself, but to help others. We put more stress to help others. That is bodhisattva practice." —Suzuki Roshi: May 2, 1970 Dharma Talk

From the identifiable beginnings of Zen, working together has been an integral part of our practice. Work is the way we bring this practice out of the meditation hall and into the world. It is one of the most important ways in which practitioners come together and begin to know one another intimately, forging the Sangha (community), which is one of Buddhism’s Three Treasures.

We invite you to engage in our Community Outreach program if you live near San Francisco or contact membership if you would like to start a similar program with members in your area! If you already have a community outreach practice, please consider sending us stories and pictures. Sharing our experiences is a great way for members to support one another’s community service practices. Below are a few upcoming volunteer opportunities:

City Center is considering hosting a gardening day at Koshland Park on Saturday, April 23. Please let us know if you are interested:

We offer a variety of ongoing volunteer opportunities at City Center. Please contact if you would like to become a City Center volunteer.

Green Gulch hosts Watershed Work Parties the second Sunday of most months. For more details visit:

There are many volunteer opportunities at Green Gulch, including kitchen prep, farm and garden work. Please visit to learn more.