Fall 2018 Practice Period at City Center – Commuter 10/2 – 12/8

Commuter Participation

Commuter participation is designed for those who live off-site and commit to a level of participation for on-site events that works for their schedule. It is suggested that commuters set up a meditation space at home and commit to a regular sitting schedule; attend the Tuesday class on-site or view later online; participate in home study and practice assignments as offered; join the dokusan or practice discussion rotation; and attend Dharma talks on-site or online.

The Koan of Everyday Life

Led by City Center Abiding Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn
October 2 – December 8

Applications for commuter participation are due October 1.

Participants can engage in the practice period in one of three ways:

About the Fall 2018 Practice Period – The Koan of Everyday Life
A Practice Period is a traditional intensive training period common in the schools of Buddhism and varying between six to twelve weeks in length. There are three practice periods offered onsite each year at our City Center temple—Winter, Spring, and Fall.

During this Fall Practice Period, will explore the role of classical Zen koans and Dogen’s Genjo Koan in our daily practice. The focus of our exploration will be the depth and poignancy of our ordinary human life. Shunryu Suzuki, the founder of Zen Center, lectured on the Genjo Koan almost every year from 1965 to 1971, and it served as the core of his teachings. One of the key sources for the study of Genjo Koan will be the book Dogen’s Genjo Koan, Three Commentaries. The commentaries are by Shunryu Suzuki, Kosho Uchiyama, and Bokusan Nishiari.

As part of the practice period, the abbot will also teach an 8-week class, The Koan of Everyday Life, on Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9 pm, October 9 – November 27.

This Fall Practice Period is a chance to develop and deepen your practice together with others in a supportive environment and through activities including daily sitting, study, practice discussion with the teachers, and weekly sangha discussions. Weekly events include an oryoki meal, classes, ceremonies, dharma talks, and Wednesday afternoon teas with the practice period leader. During the ten weeks students will have the opportunity to meet individually with the practice period leader and/or other practice leaders.

Practice period teas are scheduled every Wednesday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, beginning Wednesday, October 3 and ending Wednesday, November 28. There will be two one-day sittings, on October 6 and November 3. The practice period concludes with a seven-day Rohatsu sesshin, beginning the evening of Saturday, December 1 and ending on Saturday, December 8. (One day sittings and the sesshin must be registered for and paid for separately.)

Three ways to participate in the Practice Period

Residential Options

  • Work Practice Apprentice (WPA): For those who want to live and work full-time in the temple.
  • Limited Resident: For those who want to live in the temple but will not participate in the daily work schedule.

Commuter Option: For those who live off-site but can attend all or part of the practice schedule on-site.

Online Option: For those whose schedule or location doesn’t allow for regular on-site attendance of temple events.

The commuter option includes:

  • The Tuesday on-site practice period class, The Koan of Everyday Life.
  • Access to the Tuesday class web page which contains videos of each class.
  • Weekly Wednesday practice period tea and dharma discussion.
  • An invitation to join the dokusan or practice discussion schedule.
  • All temple Dharma talks, ceremonies, and daily zazen periods.

*The one day sittings, oryoki meals, and sesshin are available at an additional cost.

Commuter Participation Fee: $169 general; $152 current members; $135 limited income.

Commuter Practice Period Application Process:
  1. Download the Commuter participation practice period application [Word]/[PDF].
  2. Email your completed application to ccabbotassist@sfzc.org.
  3. Pay your participation fee here:

Inquiries and comments may be directed to ccabbotassist@sfzc.org.