Spring 2019 Online Practice Period at City Center 5/1 – 6/8


Online Participation

Students in the online program participate via our Online Practice Period website. Students who live locally or are visiting the San Francisco area are invited to join us for open temple events such as zazen, ceremonies, dharma talks, and the Tuesday night class. However, this practice period is designed to reach those who cannot participate on-site on a regular basis and need to study on their own schedule.

All paid events at City Center are available to the participants at the member rate.

At Home in the Boundless Heart: Embodying the Four Brahmaviharas

“What we frequently think about and dwell upon becomes the shape of our mind. The shape of our mind shapes our world of experience.” —Shakyamuni Buddha

Led by Abiding Abbot Tenzen David Zimmerman
May 1 – June 8

Register until May 5.

Participants can engage in the practice period in one of three ways:

About the Spring 2019 Practice Period

A Practice Period is a traditional intensive training period common in the schools of Buddhism and varying between six to twelve weeks in length. There are three practice periods offered onsite each year at our City Center temple—Winter, Spring, and Fall. Participants can engage in a practice period in one of three ways: as a resident, as a commuter, and online.

The theme of the six-week Spring Practice Period is “At Home in the Boundless Heart: Embodying the Four Brahmaviharas.” The Brahmaviharas, or “sublime attitudes,” are the Buddha’s primary heart teachings—the ones that connect most directly with our desire for true happiness. The four Brahmaviharas are kindness (metta), compassion (karuna), appreciative joy (mudita), and equanimity (upekkha). These interrelated “divine abodes” or “immeasurable” attitudes of love are more than a list of positive emotions. Indeed, when practiced and fully realized together they become the very landscape and embodiment of liberation.

While the Brahmaviharas are innate human capacities, cultivating them as qualities of mindfulness allows them to serve as antidotes to our limiting and reactive emotional and psychological habits. As relational qualities, the Brahmaviharas serve as the foundation of all respectful, healthy, and dignified societies, communities, families, and interpersonal relationships. In practicing the Brahmaviharas, we widen the circle of our concern and care beyond ourselves and come to understand the ways in which we can be active participants in the healing and awakening of our world.

This Spring Practice Period is a chance to develop and deepen your practice together with others in a supportive environment and through activities including daily sitting, study, and weekly sangha discussions. 

There will be a one-day sitting on May 4. The practice period concludes with a three-day sesshin, beginning the evening of Wednesday, June 5 and ending on Saturday, June 8.

As part of the practice period Tenzen David Zimmerman will also teach a five-week class, Cultivating a Boundless Heart with the Brahmaviharas, on Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9 pm, May 7 through June 4.

The online option includes:

  • Livestream Dharma talks on Saturdays which will be available to watch at any time.
  • Audio recordings of additional Dharma talks given on Wednesday evenings and during sesshin 
  • Access to the Livestream feed of the practice period class, Cultivating a Boundless Heart with the Brahmaviharas. The recorded video will be available for download for those who cannot attend live.
  • Downloads of handouts, readings, and exercises.
  • An online zendo to sit with others each morning Monday through Friday.
  • Interactive meetings with the practice leaders and other participants via video conference calls.
  • Opportunity to have an online sangha relationship with other students via the practice period website.

Online Registration & Questionnaire

  •   or call our toll-free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362 to register and pay for the practice period. 
  • And complete this Online Questionnaire.

Online Participation Fee: $129 general; $116 current members; $103 limited income.

Access to the practice period website will be provided a week prior to the practice period.

Deadline for registration is May 5. Some partial scholarships are available; please review this page for more information