Zen Practice Programs

Tassajara community work circle


Due to Covid-19 Tassajara is closed for the foreseeable future.

There are a limited number of spots open for students in the May – September 2021 Summer Work Practice Program. In Fall 2021, San Francisco Zen Center is offering a Practice Period at Tassajara with Ryushin Paul Haller. Applications for the practice period are due by August 5.

Life at Tassajara follows two seasons. From late September until early April, 50 - 60 students rise before dawn and begin a full day of zazen (seated meditation), study, and work, following a traditional Buddhist monastic schedule that dates back over thirteen hundred years to the early Tang Dynasty in China. When Guest Season commences in May, the monastery opens its doors to the wider community. The focus turns from the primarily inward activity of “practice period” to serving the wider community and sharing the experience of Zen practice and the joys of Tassajara. Since Zen Mountain Center’s inception, the Guest Season has been an integral part of the yearly cycle in these mountains.

Practice Periods

Fees, schedule, and other information about Tassajara's two traditional 90-day practice periods (ango) every fall and winter.

Work and Stay

There are several programs that enable interested students to live and work at Tassajara.

Practice Leaders

Resident teachers and practice leaders who teach classes, lecture, and are available for private interviews (practice discussion)