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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.

The Way of Tea at City Center (Ongoing Class)
Mondays at City Center:
July 6, 13, 20: classes
July 27: no class
August 3, 10, 17 : no classes
August 24 & 31: class

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.

Meditation Training: Establishing a Meditation Practice in Four Short Weeks (CC Class)
with Keiryu Liên Shutt
September 3 - 24

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.

Awakening through Service (Class), CC 9/13 - 12/6
led by Kai Ji Jeffrey Schneider and Myogen Kathryn Stark, with special guest teachers Donald Rothberg
September 13 - December 6, 2015

We should open our dharma eyes, and together, we should help each other forever.  —Suzuki Roshi

Bringing the Precepts to Life (Class), CC 10/5 - 11/23
with Anshin Rosalie Curtis
Eight Mondays: October 5 - November 23, 2015  

In this class we will explore practicing with the 16 bodhisattva precepts as an expression of our true nature rather than as rules to follow.

Genjokoan (Class), CC 10/6 - 11/24
with Rinso Ed Sattizahn
Eight Tuesdays: October 6 - November 24, 2015  

The secret of all the teaching of Buddhism is how to live on each moment. Moment after moment we have to obtain the absolute freedom.  —Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Daily Yoga Practices for Sitters (Class), CC 10/7 - 11/18
with Shosan Victoria Austin
Seven Wednesday mornings: October 7 - November 18, 2015

"What poses can I practice every day to help me sit?"

Living with the Tenzokyokun (Class), CC 10/8 - 10/29
with Shundo David Haye
Four Mondays: May 19 and June 2, 9 and 16, 2014

How does a book written for the head cook at a 13th century Japanese monastery have relevance to our lives today?

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

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.

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.