Winter 2022 Practice Period at City Center, 1/25 - 3/26

Practice Center
Date / Time
Jan 25, 2022 / 7:30pm - Mar 26, 2022 / 6:00pm
Event Type
Practice Periods
Description

January 25 – March 26

Taking and Creating Refuge

Refuge:
帰 (ki) – homecoming, returning to your true self
依 (e) – reliant, depending on Buddha, Dharma, Sangha

Throughout the Buddhist world taking refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha is considered a fundamental practice. As practitioners we honor our heritage and we create its manifestation in the circumstances of our lives.

  • Buddha – the historical Buddha and the innate human capacity for waking up
  • Dharma – the collection of traditional teachings of Buddhism and the realizations and insights that arise as we bring awareness to our own lives
  • Sangha – traditionally the members of Buddhist orders and companionship on the path of practice

During the eight weeks of this Practice Period we will engage these three aspects of refuge and explore ways to take refuge and create refuge in our lives.

To center ourselves in the practice of refuge can provide restoration, orientation, and support for navigating the overt and pressing issues that are challenging us today, to wake up and to align our relationships and interactions regarding race, society, economy, nature and its resources, and climate change in liberating and just ways.

There will be a class offered on this topic (see below) with the option to join a small group that will meet weekly, where participants can discuss their experiences practicing with taking and creating Refuge.

Open to beginners and experienced practitioners alike. At this time on-site participation is open to both residential and commuter participation; Covid Health and Safety Guidelines for City Center's congregant living environment will apply.

About the Winter 2022 Practice Period

This is a traditional intensive training period common in the schools of Buddhism. Participants can engage in this training period as a resident or as a commuter.

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 other events. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet individually with the leader of the intensive and/or other practice leaders.

*For residential participants, these activities occur onsite and include communal meals with the other residents. Depending on the state of public health, commuter participants may be invited to join the residents for meals in the dining room for an additional onsite charge. This offering has yet to be determined, but may become available depending on SFZC Health & Safety protocols. All participants have access to the Online components (listed below).

Paul and Christina will teach a class on the theme of the practice period. [Link forthcoming.] It will meet on Monday evenings, January 31 – March 14, 7:30 – 9 pm PT.

There will also be the opportunity for practice period participants to participate in two Saturday one-day sittings (see below), on January 29 and February 19, and a concluding seven-day sesshin (see below) beginning the evening of Saturday, March 19 and ending on Saturday, March 26.

Participants can engage in the practice period in three ways: residential, commuter, and online.

All options include access to these Online components:

  • Online Portal
  • Online Class
  • Small Groups
  • Morning zazen in the Online Zendo
  • Evening zazen in the Online Zendo
  • Wednesday and Saturday Dharma talks in the Online Zendo

I. Residential Option

Residential Options

Includes access to all the onsite* as well as the online components listed above.

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

Residential participants should plan to arrive by the early afternoon of January 24, 2022.

Note: We will accept new residential participants based on available housing. You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as residential space is limited.

II. Commuter Option

For those who live off-site but will attend all or part of the practice schedule on-site.*

Additional components to the Online ones listed above (vetting for Covid-19 is part of the registration process):

  • In-person morning zazen and service
  • Evening zazen and service, TBA as City Center re-opens and these events become available
  • Depending on the state of public health and SFZC Health & Safety Protocols, commuter participants may be invited to join the residents for meals in the dining room for an additional onsite charge

Not included in the Commuter option and requiring separate registration:

  • One-day sittings on January 29 and February 19 [links forthcoming]
  • Seven-day sesshin, evening of Saturday, March 19 through Saturday, March 26 [link forthcoming]

III. Online Option

For those participating fully online who will not be visiting the temple.

  • Includes access to all the Online components listed above

Not included in the Online option and requiring separate registration:

  • One-day sittings on January 29 and February 19 [links forthcoming]
  • Seven-day sesshin, evening of Saturday, March 19 through Saturday, March 26 [link forthcoming]
Fee Information


Residential Fees

These fees include residency, meals, and all practice offerings.

WPA: Includes full-time work practice at City Center

  • $2,829

Limited: Not working at City Center

  • $4,105

For payment of residential participation fees, information will be provided with notice of acceptance into the practice period.

Commuter Fees

  • General $220
  • Current SFZC Members $176
  • Limited Income $132

For payment of commuter participation fees, information will be provided with notice of acceptance into the practice period.

Online Fees

  • General $220
  • Current SFZC Members $176
  • Limited Income $132

Online participation fees are paid as part of the application process.

Registration Information


Residential and Commuter Options


Residential Option

Residential Application (includes link to pay the $30 application processing fee)

Deadline for residential applications is December 22, 2021.

Commuter Option

Commuter Application

Deadline for commuter applications is January 14.

Online Option

Register to receive the application.

Online Registration

Deadline for online registration is January 24.