Winter 2021 Practice Period at Tassajara

Practice Center
Date / Time
Jan 15, 2021 / 4:00pm - Apr 12, 2021 / 4:00pm
Event Type
Practice Periods

The 106th Practice Period at Tassajara

Led by San Francisco Zen Center Senior Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller

January 15 – April 12, 2021

UPDATE: Friday, December 11
Due to the spike in Covid-19 cases, it has been decided to postpone the Practice Period until further notice. However, we are still continuing to accept applications; see below for requirements and access to the online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Tassajara Director's Assistant at

"Guidelines for Studying the Way" / Gakudo Yojinshu

Practice Period at Zen Mountain Center, Zenshinji follows the traditional Soto Zen monastic schedule with zazen, oryoki, mindful work and study and is a rare opportunity for experienced students to participate in the intensive practice. The schedule and atmosphere of a traditional Zen Ango (Practice Period) supports and guides participants in sustaining zazen mind throughout the day and realizing the Buddha Way. A typical practice period schedule can be found on the website. A typical schedule is also included in the Shingi (see below).

The theme of the Practice Period will be the teachings of Dogen Zenji on the study of awakening. There will also be detailed instructions on the development of the posture and breath of zazen.

For students wishing to attend the full three-month practice period, the following prerequisites must be fulfilled:

  • Completion of at least one two-month residential practice period at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center or Green Gulch Farm or, if they are not an SFZC student, the recommendation of their teacher.
  • Commitment to participate in the full PP schedule and to follow COVID safety measures. Please read the full Covid Protocols before applying.
  • Submitting a complete application and waiver. Spaces are limited and applications will be accepted as they come in. There may be limited spaces available for partial participation (the first month of the PP).
  • Tuition paid in full before the start of the practice period or use of a practice period credit earned before arrival and approved by the applications committee.


Based on our past experience, we expect that the seasonal rains will bring additional challenges to the monastery. These challenges include potential flooding as well as debris flow, slides, and erosion risks along the Tassajara road and throughout the valley. Due to these potential hazards, Tassajara practice period participants have been requested to sign a Waiver of Liability which is included as a part of the online application form.

Important Practice Period Documents (also see above):

Fee Information

Practice Period Fees*: $3,600 US (plus $30 application fee), which covers room, board and tuition. Payment in full is required BEFORE arrival at Tassajara unless another arrangement is made in advance with the director. A scholarship (which includes room, board, and tuition) may be earned by participating in the Work Practice Apprenticeship Program during the summer before the practice period.

*As the basic operating expenses for the practice period are in excess of $4,500 per student, please consider donating more if you are able.

The $30 application fee is required for applicants who are not currently in residence at SFZC and must be paid at the same time the application is submitted. All applications and fees must be submitted electronically.

Registration Information