Classes & Extended Courses

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Classes series start at different times of the year and are organized around six core topics:

  • Buddha's Life and Early Texts
  • Buddhist Psychology
  • Buddhist Wisdom
  • Ethics and Compassion
  • Zen
  • Contemporary Buddhism

For class and workshop registration, please use the Register Online button on the event page, or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362). We accept Visa or Mastercard.

Refund Policy

15 days or more: $20 service charge
14 - 8 days: 50% of the total fees
7 days or less: no refund
(minimum cancellation fee: $20)


Fees vary based on number of class meetings, but the basic fee is $20 per class meeting, with a reduced fee for members and those with limited income; see each class for fee information.

The Path of Practice (class), CC 10/9 – 11/13

Led by Ryushin Paul Haller
October 9 – November 13
Six Mondays, 7:30 – 9 pm

Introduction to the Sandokai: Harmony of Difference and Equality (class), 10/10 – 11/28

led by Rinso Ed Sattizahn
Eight Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9 pm, October 10 – November 28

Things Fall Apart (Class), CC 10/12 – 11/16

With Ryuko Laura Burges
Six Thursdays, 7:30 – 9:00 pm

Meditation 2.0: Accessing Ease with the Five Hindrances (class)

With Keiryu Liên Shutt
Thursdays, 7:30 – 9 pm
October 12 – November 16

Meditation Training: Establishing a Meditation Practice in Four Short Weeks (class)

With Keiryu Liên Shutt
September 7 – 28
Four Thursdays, 7:30 – 9 pm

Transforming Depression and Anxiety: Weekly Practice Class

Practice classes facilitated by David Zimmerman and others

For those who have participated in the Transforming Depression and Anxiety basic introductory workshops. These 1½-hour practice classes are offered to those who are interested in fine-tuning the practices introduced in the basic skills workshops taught throughout the year at SFZC and at other venues.

The Way of Tea at City Center (Ongoing Class)

Select Mondays at City Center (see contact info to confirm schedule and participation)

Sewing Buddha's Robe

This class is to assist those who have received permission from their teacher to sew a rakusu or okesa in preparation for receiving precepts and a robe in Jukai or Shukke Tokudo.