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 closed to the public due to the ongoing health pandemic. However, orders and requests can be submitted via email or by phone, and completed transactions either mailed or retrieved via a contactless pick-up.

There is someone in the bookstore Monday through Friday between 2:30 and 4 pm PT. Please call if you have questions or would like to place an order.

Your support at this time is appreciated.


Monday – Friday 2:30 – 4 pm PT (available by phone)

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

It is within the main building, but with a separate entrance which is directly accessible via the front access ramp. This is the location for contactless pick-up.

Information and Ordering



Zen Center Bookstore giftsWe carry everything you need to outfit your home altar and to support your study of the teachings. We can custom order many items, so please call about that special something you are seeking.

Merchandise we offer includes:

Books and magazines – for adults and children – including sutras, koan commentaries, cookbooks, recovery, and brain science

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

Cards, journals, calendars and calligraphy
City Center Bookstore - Alter Items
Statuary – Shakyamuni, Quan Yin, Tara, Jizo, Maitreya

Mala beads – from all over the world