Winter 2020 Intensive at City Center (residential option), CC 1/22 – 2/15

Practice Center
Date / Time
Jan 22, 2020 / 6:00am - Feb 15, 2020 / 6:00pm
Event Type
Practice Periods

Residential Participation

Residential participants in the intensive join the full intensive schedule, or a limited schedule that includes everything except the daily work practice. Residential participants should plan to arrive by the early afternoon of Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Note: We will accept new residential participants in the intensive based on available housing. If you want to practice as a resident, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as residential space is limited.

Nature and Experience

Led by Kyoshin Wendy Lewis
January 22 – February 15

Application deadline is January 9

In the tradition of spirituality, the natural world plays an essential role. Deep understanding of one’s relationship to mortality and eternity is revealed in the context of the indifference of forests, deserts, mountains, oceans, and city streets.

According to the life and teaching of the Buddha, solitude in those uncomfortable, even unpromising, settings is essential to insight and understanding, and to the development of mature compassion. In the story of the Buddha’s enlightenment, it is when, after several years living in the forest, that he finally determines to either discover the truth or die in the attempt, that his conversion unfolds.

The focus and work of this intensive will be to examine that inspiration in the context of our personal lifestyles, and find silence, solitude, and surroundings in which to test it in our own experience.

Participants can engage in the intensive in one of three ways:

About the Winter 2020 Intensive – Nature and Experience
This is a traditional intensive training period common in the schools of Buddhism. Participants can engage in this training period in one of three ways: as a resident, as a commuter, and online.

This training period is a chance to develop and deepen your practice together with others in a supportive environment and through activities including daily sitting, study, practice discussion with teachers, and weekly sangha discussions. Weekly events include classes, ceremonies, dharma talks, and Wednesday afternoon teas with the leader of the intensive. During the three weeks students will have the opportunity to meet individually with the leader of the intensive and/or other practice leaders.

Wendy will also teach a class on the theme of the intensive, Spiritual Experience and the Natural World. It will meet three Thursday evenings, January 23, 30, and February 6, 7:30 – 9 pm.

Teas are on Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, January 29 and February 5. There will be a half-day sitting to open the intensive. The intensive concludes with a five-day sesshin, beginning the evening of Monday, February 10 and ending on Saturday, February 15. The final day will also be a general one-day sitting for the whole community.

Three ways to participate in the Intensive

Residential Options

  • Work Practice Apprentice (WPA): For those who want to live and work full-time in the temple.
  • Limited Resident: For those who want to live in the temple but will not participate in the daily work schedule.

Commuter Option: For those who live off-site but can attend all or part of the practice schedule on-site.

Online Option: For those whose schedule or location doesn’t allow for regular on-site attendance of temple events.

Fee Information

Residential Fees

Full: Includes full-time work practice at City Center

  • $832 shared room
  • $1,040 private room, if available

Limited: Not working at City Center

  • $1,196 shared room
  • $1,378 private room, if available
Registration Information

Residential Applications:

  • Download the Residential Application [Word]/[PDF]. You may also email the office ( to request one, or call 415.863.3136.
  • To process residential applications, a non-refundable fee of $15 is required. Use the Register Online button under “Payment,” below, or include payment with your application, or call our toll-free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).
  • Please also review the Pure Standards for Residential Zen Training.

Deadline for residential applications: January 9.


 Register Online  to pay your non-refundable residential application fee of $15.

Or call our toll-free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).

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