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: membership@sfzc.org.


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.

You are also eligible for a 10% discount on all Wisdom Publications purchases. Please use the code that appears in the most recent members' newsletter when you purchase a dharma book at wisdompubs.org.


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.

There will be one more hike this year on August 21

Contact Tom for more information at: tom.hetherington@yahoo.com.


Book Club:
This quarter we are highlighting The Hidden Lamp. This book is a collection of one hundred koans and stories of Buddhist women from the time of the Buddha to the present day. The collection includes commentary from many Zen Center teachers, including Eijun Linda Cutts, Furyu Nancy Schroeder, and Leslie James.

If you are interested in hosting a dharma book club in your area, please contact membership@sfzc.org







Dharma Rain, Forest, and Ocean Members: A reminder that you are eligible for 15% off Tassajara summer retreats! Guest Season is from late April through mid-September.

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, Edward 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: In commemoration of Hiroshima Day, August 6, we created 1,000 origami cranes, long associated with the desire for world peace. The cranes will be dedicated in a ceremony at City Center on August 6 after the dharma talk, which will be by Alan Senauke. Everyone is welcome to attend.

We offer a variety of ongoing volunteer opportunities at City Center. Please contact outreach@sfzc.org 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: sfzc.org/green-gulch/green-gulch-watershed/watershed-work-party-days

There are many volunteer opportunities at Green Gulch, including kitchen prep, and farm and garden work. Please visit sfzc.org/green-gulch/volunteers/volunteer-program-ggf to learn more.

Meet Our Members: We are excited to announce that we will be featuring our members on our social media and in our communications. Why are you a member and why is Zen practice important in your life? If you are interested in participating in this series, please send an email to: membership@sfzc.org