Daily Schedule at City Center

NOTE: During the Summer Zendo Renovation June 26 – September 4, 2024 morning and evening zazen, as well as Wednesday Dharma talk, will take place in the Conference Center at 308 Page. On Saturdays, early morning zazen will take place in the Conference Center and 9:25 zazen and the Dharma talk will take place at Unity Church at 240 Page Street.

All events listed are available in person unless indicated otherwise.

Before attending, please review the Health and Safety Requirements.

Weekday Schedule*


Mornings: Tuesday – Friday

5:40 amZazen (sitting meditation)
6:03 – 6:10 amInterval bell (sitters may adjust their posture and new guests may enter)
6:35 amZazen (ends with robe chant)
6:40 amService in the zendo
7:05 amSoji (temple cleaning)


Evenings: Monday – Friday

5:40 – 6:20 pm Zazen
6:20 – 6:30 pm Service

Wednesday Evening

7:30 pm** Dharma talk (public lecture) both in the zendo and in the online zendo

Weekends: Saturday*


Saturday Morning

6:30 amZazen (sitting meditation)
7:10 amService in the zendo
7:40 amSoji (temple cleaning)
9:25 amZazen (sitting meditation)
10:00 amDharma talk and Q&A - in the zendo and in the online zendo
11:30 amTea and cookies in the Conference Center


Saturday Afternoon and Sunday

The City Center building is closed to the general public, except for special classes, sittings, or events.

Entry Information

For morning and evening zazen, guests are asked to enter through the door on Laguna Street near the corner of Page and Laguna. This door will be open for 20 minutes prior to the start of zazen in the morning and evening. Please be seated 5 minutes before the zazen start time listed below. The door will be locked once zazen begins. On weekday mornings, the door will be reopened from 6:03 – 6:10 am so that visitors can enter the building. Guests arriving at this time will enter the zendo at 6:10 am in order to participate in the second period of zazen.

Day Guests

Before attending, please review the Health and Safety Requirements.


*The City Center zendo is closed on federal holidays.

**This symbol marks events recommended for beginners. Also visit our For Beginners at City Center webpage for more information and opportunities.


Practice at San Francisco Zen Center is open to all people regardless of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, age, or physical ability.

Donations are gratefully received and help us to maintain all of SF Zen Center's programs. Donations can be made online through our donations webpage.

To contact the front office call 415.863.3136 or email ccoffice@sfzc.org.