Zen is Our Everyday Life
led by Abiding Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn
September 29 - December 5
Commuter and residential options available To carry yourself forward and experience myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and experience themselves is awakening.
—“Genjokoan” by Eihei Dogen
We will be using “Genjokoan” and additional famous Zen koans to study how to extend our Zen practice into our daily life: family, work, relationships, ambition, fear and suffering. This fall practice period is a chance to intensify your practice with daily sitting, study, practice discussion with the teacher and the head student, and sangha discussions during our weekly tea together.
The practice period begins with an orientation on the evening of Monday, September 28. There will be one-day sittings
on October 3 and November 7, and we will end with the seven-day Rohatsu Sesshin
, November 29 through December 5. Commuter Participation
Commuting participants join the practice period at a level of commitment that is appropriate to their circumstances.
Commuter fees: $75 plus additional fees for sittings, classes, sesshins, workshops and events, as indicated. Use the Register Online button near the bottom of this page (available soon) or include payment with your application, or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).
Residential practice period participants join the full practice period schedule, or a limited schedule that includes everything except the daily work practice. Residential participants should plan to arrive by the early afternoon of September 28.
Full: Includes full-time work practice at City Center:
$1,876 shared room
$2,345 private room, if available
Limited: Not working at City Center:
$2,747 shared room
$3,149 private room, if available
Download the Residential Practice Period Application [Word
]. You may also email the office (firstname.lastname@example.org
) to request one, or call 415.863.3136.
To process residential applications, a non-refundable fee of $30 is required. Use the Register Online button near the bottom of this page (available soon) or include payment with your application, or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).
Deadline for residential applications: August 5, 2015.
Note: We will accept new residential participants in the practice period based on available housing. If you want to practice as a resident, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as residential space is limited, but before August 5.
Use the Register Online button above to pay your commuter fee or residential application fee. Or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).
Rinso Ed Sattizahn (Abiding Abbot, City Center)
After meeting Suzuki Roshi in 1970, Rinso Ed Sattizahn lived at Tassajara and later served as Zen Center's vice president, president, and board chair. From 1983 to 2000 Ed held various executive positions in the microcomputer software industry. In 2003, he was shuso at Green Gulch Farm, and in the same year co-founded Vimala Sangha in Mill Valley with Lew Richmond. Now an ordained priest with dharma transmission (from Lew Richmond), he remains the guiding teacher at Vimala Sangha Mill Valley. He became abiding abbot of Zen Center's City Center in March 2014.