Transforming Depression and Anxiety Practice Group, Online 9/13 - 11/22

Practice Center
Date / Time
Sep 13, 2021 / 5:00pm - Nov 22, 2021 / 6:30pm
Event Type
Classes & Extended Courses

This class will be offered online. The Zoom link will be provided at least 24 hours before the class begins. Please call 415-354-0360 if you have any questions. This program will have the option of closed captioning.

Six Mondays, September 13 & 27; October 11 & 25; November 8 & 22, 5 – 6:30 pm PT

Kindness, mindfulness, and therapeutic tools are engaged to shift our relationship with depression, anxiety, and their companions—judgement and self-criticism—in San Francisco Zen Center’s Transforming Depression and Anxiety (TDA), and Finding Ease with Anxiety classes.

This 3-month virtual practice community supports participants of these courses in practicing compassion and using session tools to disrupt reactive mental patterns that threaten to steal our peace of mind-heart and the moment. We will also engage noticing and questioning the old stories we have long believed about ourselves that can literally poison our perceptions of self, others, and reality. Our purpose is to live more fully in the present moment, less affected by reactivity, rumination and worry—one of the most powerful antidotes to lowered and agitated moods.

Led by Jisho Lisa Beth Hoffman, this group is a companion to our TDA and Finding Ease workshops and online class, and is reserved for people who have taken these courses. If you are interested in this practice group and have not taken these prerequisites, please check SFZC's program calendar for the twice annual offerings. If you are unable to participate in these courses, or feel a strong need for the practice group now, please email Lisa Beth (see her bio for the email address), and she will follow-up with you. Each group will include a brief guided meditation, a short teaching about a TDA practice, discussion, and a closing guided mediation. TDA workshop and course co-leaders Tenzen David Zimmerman and Paul Irving will occasionally join Lisa Beth or substitute for her in facilitating the group.

If you have taken TDA or Finding Ease, please try this Practice Group. If you have not experienced TDA or Finding Ease, please sign up for Sangha News which will include notices about the next offerings.

Fee Information
  • Full price: $180
  • SFZC members: $162

We offer a number of discounted tickets:

  • Sliding Scale 1: $108
  • Sliding Scale 2: $45

For additional discount options, please email us at

Register Online

Or call 415-354-0360.