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For Beginners

Zazen Meditation Instruction
Every Saturday 8:40 am

This weekly instruction will familiarize new students with the bare bones of sitting practice. Since each instructor emphasizes different elements of the basic teachings, new students are invited to attend this instruction as often as they wish. After attending meditation instruction for the first time, you are welcome to begin sitting in the zendo at the regularly scheduled times. No registration for zazen instruction is required.

Enter at 300 Page Street. Please arrive between 8:30 am and 8:45 am. Program funded by donation.

Introduction to Zendo Forms
Every Saturday 11:20 am - 12 noon

This weekly instruction will cover the "basics" of Zen forms for entering, exiting, and moving in the zendo. While not required—you can pick up these forms by watching closely and following what others do—the class is intended to provide a friendly orientation and space for Q&A. Since each instructor emphasizes different elements of the forms, new students are invited to attend this instruction as often as they wish.

Meet in the Buddha Hall at 300 Page Street after Saturday morning dharma talk. Program funded by donation.

Thursday Meditation, Conversation and Tea
Every Thursday 7:30 pm

This weekly Thursday sitting is open to all, including those beginning practice or who are unfamiliar with Zen Center forms, as well as those for whom an evening sitting is more convenient. One 35-minute period of sitting meditation in the zendo at 7:30 pm is followed by an optional question-and-answer session with tea upstairs.

Enter through the main door at 300 Page St.

Other Meditation Periods


On Saturdays at 9:25 am, a period of silent meditation in the zendo is followed immediately by a dharma talk upstairs in the Buddha Hall (see Saturday Program). Those who have had zazen instruction and are beginning their practice are particularly encouraged to attend, but all are welcome.

On Thursday afternoons during zazen at 5:40 pm, a senior priest will offer posture adjustments. After the period of zazen has begun, the priest will walk through the zendo and adjust posture. (More info.)

Entrance on Laguna Street. Doors open at 9:10 am and 5:25 pm, respectively.

Saturday Introductory Afternoon

This half-day course is ideal for those who have attended the Saturday morning meditation instruction and wish to learn more about the details of practice at City Center.


Sunday Beginners' Sittings

This sitting is for new students and those who wish to participate in a gentler schedule.