September 23 - December 20, 2013
led by City Center Abiding Abbess Kiku Christina Lehnherr Living in Harmony with all Beings –
Taking Refuge in Sangha
How do we Bring Harmony to Everyone, Free from Hindrance
- when we are faced with all the differences in our communities and even within ourselves. How do we bring harmony in the face of differences in upbringing, cultures, gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, inclinations, interests and capacities? What does it mean To Take Refuge in Sangha
– not as a fixed concept but as a process of creating refuge for ourselves and for others? What supports the creation of refuge in the communities we live, meditate, work, study and play together as well as in our households, family and amongst our friends?
We will explore Buddhist teachings, guidelines and practices that foster and support harmony in our relationships in these communities which enable us to engage differences as opportunities to learn about ourselves and others; as opportunities to wake up together and thus create refuge.
Tassajara’s ninety-day practice period follows the traditional Soto Zen monastic schedule
. The practice period is an opportunity for experienced practitioners to join with the Tassajara community in intensive practice at Zen Mountain Center (Zenshinji).
Prerequisite for practice at Tassajara is completion of at least one residential practice period at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center or Green Gulch Farm; or equivalent experience. Practice Period fees
$3430** US, which covers room, board, and tuition. Payment in full is required upon arrival at Tassajara unless another arrangement is made in advance with the director. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer financial scholarships for practice periods. However, a scholarship (which includes room, board, and tuition) may be earned by participating in the Work Practice Apprenticeship Program
(**As the basic operating expenses for the practice period are in excess of $4500 per student, please feel free to donate more if you are able.)
Important Practice Period Documents:
Applications must be received by August 9, 2013
Please send your application and fee* to:
San Francisco Zen Center
300 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
*All checks should be made out to Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.
For further information, please contact Mimi Saunders at 415.354.0393 or by email.