Friday morning in the zendo at City Center; please enter the building through the 300 Page Street main entrance during office hours
Zazen is the practice of sitting with awareness and experiencing whatever arises. Throughout the history of Zen, the practice of zazen has been considered the primary agent of awakening. As Dogen Zenji declared, before bowing, offering incense or chanting Buddha’s name, the practice of zazen reveals and expresses awakening. With this in mind, zazenkai is a period of time dedicated to zazen with minimal traditional formalities.
These sittings are suitable for both beginners and experienced sitters. There will be instruction in the details of posture, breath, and establishing the mental disposition of experiencing whatever arises. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions about one's practice.
There will be scheduled periods of sitting and walking, with the option of continuing to sit through the walking meditation if desired.
Prior Instruction: Although general instruction for meditation is included in these events, it is recommended that participants attend public Zazen Meditation Instruction beforehand, which is available in-person on select Saturdays at 8:40 am at 300 Page Street or in the SFZC archive of recorded instruction sessions.
Fees: The suggested donation to cover costs is $10.
Note: $10 covers San Francisco Zen Center’s basic expenses in hosting the retreat, and for this offering in particular, we are relying on the additional generosity of the practitioners for support to continue this teaching and facilitate future zazenkais. There will be a donation box on site if you would like to donate. No one turned away for lack of funds.
To Register: Pre-registration is not necessary.