What is your inmost request? What will appease your suffering or agitation or irritation? - Shunryu Suzuki, lecture - July 26, 1965
The study and practice of Buddhism and Zen, in their many forms and expressions, can take students as deep as they want to go. For some, a next step is lay initiation/jukai. At San Francisco Zen Center the custom is for those receiving lay initiation to sew their own rakusu—a small version of a robe that is worn around the neck. More information is below, along with recommendations for other ways to deepen one's practice.
|City Center||Green Gulch Farm|
|Meet regularly with a practice leader||City Center Practice Leaders||Green Gulch Practice Leaders|
|Rakusu sewing classes|
|Join the Saturday Sangha||More Info »||
|Participate in one-day sittings||More Info »||More Info »|
|Spend two weeks or longer as a guest student||More Info »||More Info »|
|Continue to take classes||More Info »||More Info »|
|Learn how to eat using oryoki (formal eating bowls)||More Info »|
|Participate in a practice period as a non-resident or as a resident||More Info »||More Info »|
|Join a longer sitting or sesshin||More Info »||More Info »|
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A selection of class recordings for continuing study
Translations and commentary of some of the most important primary texts of Buddhism and Zen