Bookstore & Gift Shop at City Center

City Center Bookstore Front

The City Center Bookstore offers a unique collection of books, cards, and merchandise, all intended to support the study and practice of Buddhism in its many forms and traditions.

The Bookstore is open for in-person shopping. All guests need to be vaccinated against Covid-19; boosters are encouraged, but not required. Masking is optional; there are no mask requirements at any SFZC temple.

Orders and requests can also be submitted via email, by phone, or through our Online Store. Completed purchases can be shipped, or a contactless curbside pickup can be scheduled and items picked up at the bookstore entrance.

Your support is appreciated.


Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 – 4:00 pm
Saturday, 9:30 am – noon

The bookstore is closed for walk-in visits and pickups on the afternoon of August 11, and on August 12, September 4, October 9, November 23 – 25, and December 23 – 25, 2023. The bookstore is closed on Saturday afternoons, Sundays, and holidays (listed here) and during some retreats and sesshins. At these times, the bookstore is not available for pick-ups. Please check the calendar.

The Zen Center Bookstore is located at 300 Page Street, at the corner of Laguna. See directions here.

The bookstore has a separate entrance which is directly accessible via the front access ramp. This is also the location for contactless pick-up.

Information and Ordering


Online Bookstore

If you are placing orders by phone, please have your payment information available.


Books – including classical and historical Buddhist texts, koan commentaries, cookbooks, contemporary authors, and featured San Francisco Zen Center authors

Meditation cushions and benches – zafus, zabutons, seiza benches, and support cushions

Incense – San Francisco Zen Center's custom brand and other selected varieties

Artwork by local artists – including Paula Pietranera and Richard Urban

City Center Bookstore - Alter Items

Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm – including tee shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, and mugs

Samue and Jin Bei clothing

Statuary – buddhas, bodhisattvas, jizos

Mala beads and jewelry


Gift Cards