Second Turning: The Noble Mahāyāna Sūtra - The Teaching of Vimalakīrti, Online 7/6 - 7/27

Practice Center
Date / Time
Jul 6, 2021 / 7:30pm - Jul 27, 2021 / 9:00pm
Event Type
Classes & Extended Courses

The Zoom link to participate in this event will be provided 24 hours before the start date. Please call 415-354-0360 if you have any questions. This program will have the option of closed captioning.

Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9 pm PT

This class is the second part of a three-month summer series, “Three Turnings of the Wheel,” during which San Francisco Zen Center's senior teachers are offering classes and lectures on the Satipatthana Sutta (offered in June), the Vimalakirti Sutra, and Vasubandhu’s 30 Verses.

The Second Turning of the Wheel took place on Vulture Peak when the Buddha revealed to his senior monks the teaching of prajna paramita, wisdom beyond wisdom. The primary philosophical school of the Second Turning is called the Middle Way School whose founder is Nagarjuna, also known as the Second Buddha.

In this class, Senior Dharma Teacher Eijun Linda Cutts will offer a four-week class on the Vimalakirti Sutra, a Second Turning Teaching that features the wise and clever layman, Vimalakirti, who bests the Buddha’s senior students as to their understanding of non-duality and emptiness. This sutra features the famous “shout” the layman gives in response to a question—a shout that came to be known as the Thunderous Silence in which he said nothing at all.

Fee Information
  • Full price: $120
  • SFZC members: $108

We offer a number of discounted tickets:

  • Sliding Scale 1: $72
  • Sliding Scale 2: $30

For additional discount options, please email us at

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Or call 415-354-0360.