Practice Periods

Tassajara’s ninety-day practice periods (one in Winter and one in Fall) follow the traditional Soto Zen monastic schedule and allow experienced practitioners to join with the Tassajara community in intensive practice at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center (Zenshinji–Zen Heart-Mind Temple). Links to applications, guidelines, and a list of items to bring are available on each practice period page (see links below).  

Practice Period Fees

The fee for practice period covers room, board, and tuition. Please see individual practice period descriptions for fee amount. 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.

Typical Practice Period Schedule

3:50am  Wake-up Bell
4:20  Zazen/kinhin/zazen
6:10  Morning Service, followed by breakfast in zendo
7:55  Study
9:00  Soji, dharma talk, or class
10:00  Zazen
11:20  Noon service, followed by lunch in zendo
1:15pm  Work
4:15  Bathing and exercise
5:50  Evening Service, followed by dinner in zendo
7:30-9:00  Zazen/kinhin/zazen

Winter 2019 Practice Period at Tassajara

The 103rd Practice Period at Tassajara
Led by San Francisco Zen Center Senior Dharma Teacher Zoketsu Norman Fischer
January 5 – April 4, 2019
Application deadline is October 22, 2018

Fall 2018 Practice Period at Tassajara

Led by Green Gulch Farm Abiding Abbess Furyu Schroeder
September 25 – December 20
Application due date is July 17.