Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind (class), Online 9/13 - 10/18

Practice Center
Date / Time
Sep 13, 2021 / 5:00pm - Oct 18, 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.

Six Mondays, 5 – 6:30 pm PT

A 6-week study class of the great modern Zen classic Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki.

Practitioners refer to this text time and time again as an inspiration to practice. In this book, Suzuki Roshi presents the basics of Zen practice in a way that is remarkably clear and resonates with the joy of insight into our everyday life. His ability to understand Buddhism, to practice with us, and appreciate our struggles, as well as express his appreciation of our practice, is without parallel in the West. His talks contain many insights into zazen (sitting meditation) practice, referencing posture, breathing, and focused attention. But Suzuki goes beyond the basics of practice to encourage a more complete questioning and engagement with all things: "To have some deep feeling about Buddhism is not the point; we just do what we do, like eating supper and going to bed. This is Buddhism."

As Zen Buddhists, our understanding is informed and enriched by zazen (meditation). Yet at some point we need to hear from ourselves and others through study. In this class, we will explore together our responses to Suzuki Roshi’s teachings on practice as a description and a way of life, and share our experiences of cultivating "beginner’s mind," sitting practice, and living in the world.

All are welcome. The practice of Zen mind is beginner's mind, so there is no need to have a deep exposure to Buddhism or Zen to participate.

Note: Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind is a series of lectures, divided into three sections roughly corresponding to body, relationship, and understanding.

In this class, we will consider the following talks: "Control," "Nothing Special," "Right Effort,” "Constancy,” “Believing in Nothing,” and "Original Buddhism.”

Participants are encouraged to obtain a copy of the book from the SFZC bookstore and spend time reading it in anticipation of our study together.

Fee Information
  • General $180
  • Current 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 rezoffice@sfzc.org.

Register Online

Or call 415-354-0360.