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.

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

Thursdays in January or April
With Keiryu Liên Shutt

Awakening and Engaging the World: Traditional Zen in Contemporary Life (Class), CC 1/25 - 3/14

Eight Mondays, 7:30 - 9 pm
With Ryushin Paul Haller

Dogen's Teachings on Zazen (Class), CC 1/26 - 3/15

Eight Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9 pm
With Jisan Tova Green

Yoga Practices to Awaken and Engage the Self (Class), CC 1/27 - 3/16

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

Mindfulness as Remembrance (Class), CC 1/28 - 3/10

Six Thursdays, 7:30 - 9 pm
With Kyoshin Wendy Lewis

Meditation 2.0: Working with the Five Hindrances (Class), 2/4 - 3/17

Seven Thursdays, 7:30 - 9 pm
With Keiryu Liên Shutt

Contemplative Caregiver Courses 2016

With Jennifer Block and other teachers
New: Individual daylong workshops that may also be taken as a complete set for a certificate

Morning Yoga for Sitters (Class)

Select Wednesday mornings in March and April, 7:30 - 8:20 am
With graduates of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco 200-Hour Teacher Training Program, mentored by Shosan Victoria Austin

The Zen Poetry of Aging (Class), CC 4/5 - 4/26

Four Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9 pm
With Jisan Tova Green

Introduction to Buddhism (Class), CC 4/7 - 4/28

Four Thursdays, 7:30 - 9 pm
With Ryuko Laura Burges

Transforming Depression and Anxiety: Drop-in Classes

Transforming Depression and Anxiety: Drop-in Classes

Practice classes facilitated by Lee Lipp, PhD, and others
for those who have participated in the Transforming Depression and Anxiety basic introductory workshops.

The Way of Tea at City Center (Ongoing Class)

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

Contemplative Caregiver Courses 2015

With Jennifer Block and other teachers
Three trimesters of coursework representing a collaboration between Beyond Measure School for Contemplative Care and San Francisco Zen Center.

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

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.