City Center

 Welcome to City Center

Located near the Civic Center in San Francisco, Beginner's Mind Temple (Hosshin-ji) was established in 1969 by Shunryu Suzuki as a training center in the Soto Zen tradition. City Center/Beginner's Mind Temple is open for the daily schedule, ceremonies, programs, and events. Tune into our live streamed Dharma talks and other events through the Online Zendo and check the website's main calendar for upcoming in-person and online offerings.

Beginner's Mind Temple (City Center) is currently undergoing an extensive renovation during the year of 2024. We are creating a Welcome Center, upgrading bathrooms, adding an elevator to go from the basement to the third floor, and many other improvements that will help make Beginner's Mind Temple more welcoming and accessible for all for many years to come. See this page for details.

  • Applications for residential practice opportunities at City Center will be suspended. Applications may be accepted again beginning in November 2024 for 2025.
  • To stay informed about the project and its progress, and receive notices of upcoming events, please sign up to receive Sangha News.
  • Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara will continue to offer residential practice opportunities, as noted on the Live the Temple Life page.