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, by phone, or through our Online Bookstore. Completed purchases can be shipped, or a contactless curbside pickup can be scheduled and items picked up at the bookstore entrance.

There is someone in the bookstore Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 – 4 pm PT. The bookstore is closed on Saturday and Sunday. Please call if you have questions or would like to place an order, or visit the Online Bookstore site to view and order books, incense, and other merchandise (see below).

Your support at this time is appreciated.


Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 – 4:00 pm PT (available by phone and email); closed on Saturday and 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 the location for 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 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