Bookstore & Gift Shop at City Center

City Center Bookstore Front

Updated: August 30, 2022

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.

We are happy to report that the City Center Bookstore is now open for in-person shopping. Vaccination and booster required. Masking with a K/N95 is required at all times inside the building. 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 PT, Saturday, 9:30 am – noon (in person as well as by phone and email); and closed on Sunday

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.


Zen Center Bookstore giftsWe carry a wide assortment of supplies for home altars, meditation practice, and the study of Zen and Buddhism in its many forms and traditions. We also carry unique gifts and cards, and are happy to custom order items. Please call with any questions or special requests. For international orders please call the bookstore directly to place your order and arrange shipping.

Merchandise we offer includes:

Books – including sutras, koan commentaries, cookbooks, recovery, and featured San Francisco Zen Center authors

Meditation cushions and furniture – zafu, zabuton, benches, bells

Incense – San Francisco Zen Center’s custom brand of incense, as well as other Japanese and Chinese styles of scent

Gift Cards – gift certificates of various amounts

Artwork by local artists

City Center Bookstore - Alter Items

Items from Tassajara and Green Gulch Farm

Samue and Jin Bei clothing


Statuary – Shakyamuni, Quan Yin, Jizo, Samantabhadra, and Manjushri

Mala beads – from all over the world