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Classes & Extended Courses

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Classes are organized around a core six-root curriculum.

  • Root I: Buddha's Life and Early Texts
  • Root II: Buddhist Psychology
  • Root III: Buddhist Wisdom
  • Root IV: Ethics and Compassion
  • Root V: Zen
  • Root VI: Contemporary Buddhism

In Roots I through V, the study is text-based. Our emphasis is on understanding the material for its relevance to Buddhist insight, practice, and living. Root VI, Contemporary Buddhism, is concerned with issues relevant to us as Buddhists living in a complex and diverse culture.

Mountain Gate Study Center

Class series start at different times of the year.


For class and workshop registration, please use the ticket table or the Register Online button on the event page, or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362). We accept Visa or Mastercard.

Refund Policy

15 days or more: $20 service charge
14 - 8 days: 50% of the total fees
7 days or less: no refund
(minimum cancellation fee: $20)


Fees vary based on number of class meetings, but the basic fee is $20 per class meeting, with a reduced fee for members and those with limited income; see each class for fee information.

Practicing with Intention: Making a Difference in the World (Class), CC 5/11 - 6/8
with Anshin Rosalie Curtis
at City Center
Four Mondays: May 11, May 18, June 1, and June 8, 2015

Introduction to Buddhist Teachings (Class), CC 5/12 - 6/9
with Kai Ji Jeffrey Schneider
at City Center
Five Tuesdays: May 12 - June 9, 2015

Yoga: Embodying Vow (Class), CC 5/13 - 6/10
with Shosan Victoria Austin
in the Conference Center at 308 Page Street
Five Wednesday mornings: May 13 - June 10, 2015

Genjokoan (Class), CC 5/14 - 6/4
with Kyoshin Wendy Lewis
at City Center
Four Thursdays: May 14 - June 4, 2015

Morning Yoga for Sitters (Class), at City Center
with Marta Bulaich, Maryann Shinta, and Loran White
mentored by Shosan Victoria Austin
Select Wednesday mornings, 7:30 - 8:15 am

What are the elements of a stable, upright sitting posture? How do we cultivate the yoga of sitting?

Contemplative Caregiver Courses 2015
with Jennifer Block and other teachers
A collaboration between Beyond Measure School for Contemplative Care and San Francisco Zen Center.

New: Three Separate Courses in 2015
January 23 to April 18, 2015 May 22 to August 8, 2015 September 11 to December 5, 2015

Trust in Mind—Xinxinming: A Classic Text for Modern Times (Class), CC 6/15 - 7/20
with Myogen Kathryn Stark
at City Center
Six Mondays: June 15 - July 20, 2015

The Zen Poetry of Aging (Class), CC 7/7 - 7/21
with Jisan Tova Green
Three Tuesdays: July 7 - 21, 2015

This class will be more relevant to those 55 and over, but all who are interested in exploring the topic are welcome.

Accessing Ease in Practice: Working with the Five Hindrances (Class), CC 4/2 - 4/30
with Keiryu Liên Shutt
Five Thursdays, April 2 - 30, 2015

The Five Hindrances are typical mind states which can impede development of concentration and mindfulness. In this class, we will explore classic and contemporary teachings on how to become aware of and work with these states, as well as cultivate their antidotes.

Meditation Training: Establishing a Meditation Practice in Four Short Weeks (CC Class)
with Keiryu Liên Shutt
City Center

Want to learn how to meditate? Or, have you tried at different times but just can’t quite figure out how to make it work for you? This four-class series is geared just for you.

Sewing Buddha's Robe

This class is to assist those who have received permission from their teacher to sew a rakusu or okesa in preparation for receiving precepts and a robe in Jukai or Shukke Tokudo.

Transforming Depression and Anxiety: Drop-in Classes
6 to 7:30 pm
Practice classes are facilitated by Lee Lipp, PhD, and others
Conference Center, 308 Page Street

For those who have participated in the Transforming Depression and Anxiety basic introductory workshops. These 1½-hour practice classes are offered to those who are interested in fine-tuning the practices introduced in the basic skills workshops taught throughout the year at SFZC and at other venues.

Establishing the Path of Practice 2014
One-Year Non-Residential Training Program
September 27, 2014 - July 18, 2015
with Ryushin Paul Haller and other Zen teachers

This one-year, experiential training program is designed to help participants develop a sustainable daily meditation practice and mindfulness of body, mind and emotions during everyday activities and relationships.