Transforming Depression and Anxiety: A Path of Skillful Compassion, Online 11/30 - 12/23

Practice Center
Date / Time
Nov 30, 2020 / 6:00pm - Dec 23, 2020 / 8:00pm
Event Type
Classes & Extended Courses

Suzuki Roshi said, “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities …”

Combining mindfulness and specific therapeutic approaches, this four-week online course will examine how to best take care of ourselves by relating to depression and anxiety with compassion. The aim of the course is for participants to practice identifying, relating to, and interrupting conditionings that are hindrances to feeling better. With encouragement and skillful means participants will cultivate practices to manage and prevent chronic feelings of unhappiness. By focusing on our direct experience we will learn to interrupt the mind’s habitual patterns that contribute to depression and anxiety.

Each week will consist of two sessions, a 2-hour “class” on Mondays which will combine presentations, guided meditations, exercises and group discussion.

Then there will be a follow up one-hour “practice session” on three Fridays and one Wednesday, which will include guided meditation, a brief practice encouragement, and then time for participants to ask questions and share on their practice experience since the last class. While these practice sessions are auxiliary offerings, they will support participants to deepen the learnings offered in the previous class session.

The focus for each week of classes and practice sessions will be as follows:

  • Week One ─ Being in the Present Moment with Whatever Shows Up
  • Week Two ─ Recognizing and Interrupting Reactive Habit Patterns
  • Week Three ─ Relating to Difficulties with Compassion and Lovingkindness
  • Week Four ─ Strategies for Taking Care of Ourselves

During this class series, you will discover how it is possible for you to:

  • Be released from the limiting storylines that you and others have told you about yourself
  • Learn new skills that lead to untangling painful thoughts and self-criticism
  • Build the capacity to be with emotional pain and distress with strength and courage
  • Cultivate self-confidence and self-esteem as you practice using re-sculpting tools
  • Learn to offer compassion and acceptance to yourself and others
  • Cultivate a natural experience of peace, ease, and well-being
  • Experience deeper authentic connection, presence, and vitality
  • Feel better and have a more satisfying relationship to life

Appropriate for those who are new to meditation and for those who are experienced meditators.

  Monday Classes Friday Practice Sessions
  6 – 8 pm PT 6 – 7 pm PT
Week 1 November 30 December 4
Week 2 December 7 December 11
Week 3 December 14* December 18
Week 4 December 21 December 23 (Wednesday)

*Tenzen David Zimmerman will sub for Paul Irving

Fee Information
  • General: $240
  • Current SFZC member: $216
  • Limited income: $144

Pay what you can. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Registration Information