Beginner's Mind Temple (Hosshin-ji), also known as City Center, was established in 1969 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi as a training center in the Soto Zen tradition open to the general public.
Offerings include daily meditation and service, semi-weekly dharma talks, classes, workshops, residential student programs, and the opportunity to discuss one's spiritual practice with an experienced Zen practice leader.
If you are new to Zen Center, we suggest you visit us on Saturday morning at 8:40 am for an introduction to Zen Center and meditation practice.
City Center is located at 300 Page Street in San Francisco. For general information about Beginner's Mind Temple, please scroll down.
Fees and Rates
There are three rates for most City Center events: a "standard" rate, a "members" rate, and a "reduced" rate for people with limited income. Please feel free to choose the rate that applies to you. If you feel unable to attend any of our programs due to financial constraints, please inquire about scholarship and work exchange assistance.
The Zen Center Scholarship Fund was established to help those people unable to meet the costs of taking part in the programs at Zen Center, provided funds are currently available. We welcome all scholarship applications, and mention of one's personal circumstances will not be required. Please inquire at our front office.
We welcome your contributions to the Scholarship Fund. Donations can be sent to the Zen Center Scholarship Fund, 300 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, and are tax-deductible.
Monday-Friday 9:30 am – 5 pm
Saturday 11 am – noon
Registration for classes, workshops, retreats, events: Call our toll-free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362.
The library is currently run on a volunteer basis, and has variable hours. Please contact the main office at 415.863.3136 to check availability.
Zen Center Bookstore
The bookstore offers a wide range of Buddhist books, zafus, incense, and accessories. Most items can be ordered by mail. It has its own entrance at 300 Page Street, just to the left of the main doors to Zen Center, and is accessible by ramp.
City Center is located at 300 Page Street (at Laguna), near the end of the Central Freeway in the Hayes Valley/Lower Haight neighborhood, which borders the Civic Center area. Limited on-street parking is available in the neighborhood; a public parking lot is also available on Franklin Street near Oak. Carpooling is encouraged. Muni buses #6 and #7 run often and stop at either Haight and Laguna (one block away) or Haight and Buchanan (two blocks away). F line trolleys running down Market Street are a 5-10 minute walk from City Center. You can also take the 21 Hayes (get off at Laguna and Hayes), the 22 Fillmore (get off at Oak and Fillmore), or many of the rail lines (get off at Van Ness Station, or at Duboce and Church St.) and walk to our building.
For additional directions if you are coming from outside of the city, click here.
Volunteers are frequently needed in the kitchen, the office, the zendo, and the Outreach programs. If you would like to volunteer at Zen Center, please call the front office for details.
We welcome you to hold your next meeting or class in the peaceful setting of our classic Victorian home, located next door to Zen Center at 308 Page Street. The Parlor Room, 40' x 13' with high ceilings, wood floors, and area rugs, accommodates up to 35 people. The less formal Sun Room, 21' x 17', is just right for more intimate gatherings and workshops. Vegetarian meals can be arranged. For more information, please click here.
City Center offers six charming guest rooms for short-term stays. Rates include vegetarian meals with the community. This is a convenient and economical way to stay in the city while experiencing life in a Zen Buddhist temple and enjoying the serene elegance of a building designed by Julia Morgan. Guests are also welcome (but not required) to join the daily meditation schedule and other activities.
The first floor of City Center is accessible by ramp. The Buddha Hall, bookstore, office, dining room, class and meeting space, a guestroom with private bath, and a restroom are on the first floor. The zendo is accessible by ramp at the Laguna Street entrance. Sutras are available in large print. Hearing assistance is available for lectures.
If you are new to practice or have an ongoing meditation practice, you are encouraged to speak regularly with one of our practice leaders. Interviews may be arranged through the front office.
City Center offers a variety of ways of being a resident, from a one-week stay as a guest student to long-term residency. Practice period participants may apply to be residents during their practice period if space is available in the building. Click here for more information.