Come As You Are
led by Shosan Victoria Austin and Shinki Mark Lancaster
May 12 - June 21, 2014 Residential, commuter, and online participation options available
Suzuki Roshi taught, “When you are you, Zen is Zen.” However, because our tradition has been transmitted monastically, priests and lay practitioners alike tend to develop a monastic persona as we explore and deepen our study of the Way.
What would it be like to drop the armor, to use the power and beauty of the formal practice to deepen self-study, while acknowledging and meeting our needs, structure, and function as human beings? In this six-week practice period, participants will receive and give support to “settle the self on the Self, and let the flower of the life force bloom.”
The practice period begins with an orientation on the evening of Monday, May 12. The practice period includes a one-day sitting
on May 17 and a half-day sitting
on May 31; it concludes with a three-day sesshin
, June 19-21. Online Participation (new!)
We are delighted to inaugurate an online practice program for this spring practice period. Students in this program may participate entirely from home through our online practice period offerings, or may attend one or more practice events in person. Online participants may attend practice period events at the member rate. More information, fees & application...
Commuting participants join the practice period at a level of commitment that is appropriate to their circumstances.
Commuter Fee: $75 plus additional fees for sittings, classes, sesshins, workshops and events, as indicated. Use the ticket table below 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 May 12.
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 ticket table below (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: Monday, April 14, 2014
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.
Shosan Victoria Austin
Shosan Victoria Austin began practicing both Zen and yoga in 1971. In the Soto Zen tradition, she is entrusted as a Dharma heir in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, an international priest of the Soto School, and a Dharma teacher at San Francisco Zen Center. She trained in the U.S., in India, and in Japan. In the Iyengar tradition, she is certified as an Intermediate teacher.
Tokuden Shinki Mark Lancaster
Tokuden Shinki Mark Lancaster has been practicing at San Francisco Zen Center since 1988. Mark was Shuso in 1997, ordained by Michael Wenger in 2002 and received Dharma Transmission from Michael Wenger in 2006. He is currently the Director of People Development.