Classes & Extended Courses

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Classes are organized around a core six-root curriculum.

  • Root I: Buddha's Life and Early Texts
  • Root II: Buddhist Psychology
  • Root III: Buddhist Wisdom
  • Root IV: Ethics and Compassion
  • Root V: Zen
  • Root VI: Contemporary Buddhism

In Roots I through V, the study is text-based. Our emphasis is on understanding the material for its relevance to Buddhist insight, practice, and living. Root VI, Contemporary Buddhism, is concerned with issues relevant to us as Buddhists living in a complex and diverse culture.

Mountain Gate Study Center

Class series start at different times of the year.


For class and workshop registration, please use the ticket table or 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.

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

With Keiryu Liên Shutt

Want to learn how to meditate? Or, have you tried at different times but just can’t quite figure out how to make it work for you? This four-class series is geared just for you.

Contemplative Caregiver Courses 2015

with Jennifer Block and other teachers
A collaboration between Beyond Measure School for Contemplative Care and San Francisco Zen Center.

New: Three Separate Courses in 2015
January 23 to April 18, 2015 May 22 to August 8, 2015 September 11 to December 5, 2015

Awakening through Service (Class), CC 9/13 - 12/6

Awakening through Service (Class), CC 9/13 - 12/6

The focus of this 13-week program is to provide spiritual support for those currently engaged in community service as professionals or volunteers, or those looking to get more involved.

Led by Kai Ji Jeffrey Schneider and Myogen Kathryn Stark, with special guest teacher Donald Rothberg
September 13 - December 6, 2015

Bringing the Precepts to Life (Class), CC 10/5 - 11/23

Explore practicing with the 16 bodhisattva precepts as an expression of our true nature rather than as rules to follow.

With Anshin Rosalie Curtis
Eight Mondays, 7:30 - 9 pm

Genjokoan (Class), CC 10/6 - 11/24

“Genjokoan” is a beautiful essay written by Eihei Dogen, the founder of Soto Zen in Japan.

With Rinso Ed Sattizahn
Eight Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9 pm  

Daily Yoga Practices for Sitters (Class), CC 10/7 - 11/18

"What poses can I practice every day to help me sit?"

With Shosan Victoria Austin
Seven Wednesday mornings, 7:30 - 8:20 am

Living with the Tenzokyokun (Class), CC 10/8 - 10/29

How does a book written for the head cook at a 13th century Japanese monastery have relevance to our lives today?

With Shundo David Haye
Four Mondays, 7:30 - 9 pm

Transforming Depression and Anxiety: Drop-in Classes

Transforming Depression and Anxiety: Drop-in Classes

Practice classes facilitated by Lee Lipp, PhD, and others
Thursdays, 6 to 7:30 pm

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)

Mondays at City Center: March 30, April 6, April 13, April 20

Sewing Buddha's Robe

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.

Establishing the Path of Practice 2014

One-Year Non-Residential Training Program
September 27, 2014 - July 18, 2015
with Ryushin Paul Haller and other Zen teachers

This one-year, experiential training program is designed to help participants develop a sustainable daily meditation practice and mindfulness of body, mind and emotions during everyday activities and relationships.