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.

About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations

Buddha’s Robe Sewing Retreat 2018, CC 6/17 – 22

Led by Christine Palmer and Timothy Wicks with Kiku Christina Lehnherr
Sunday, June 17, 2 pm through Friday, June 22, 12 noon

Living with the Tenzokyokun (class), CC 6/19 – 7/10

With Shundo David Haye
Four Tuesdays, June 19 – July 10, 7:30 – 9 pm
In the Sangha Room

Lovingkindness: May All Beings Be Happy, Including Me (class), CC 6/25 – 7/16

with Kanshin Allison Tait
Four Mondays, June 25 – July 16, 7:30 – 9 pm

YOGA: Building a Body and Mind of Wise Effort (Class), CC 5/2 – 6/6

With Shosan Victoria Austin
Six Wednesday mornings, May 2 – June 6, 7:30 – 8:15 am

Bringing Zen Rituals Home: Form in Everyday Practice (class), 5/7 – 6/4

with Marcia Lieberman
Four Mondays, May 7 – June 4, 7:30 – 9 pm (no class May 28)

Practicing with Wise Effort: Stillness and Activity in Everyday Life (class), CC 5/8 – 6/5

With Keiryu Lien Shutt and Tenzen David Zimmerman
Five Tuesdays, May 8 – June 5, 7:30 – 9 pm

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

With Keiryu Liên Shutt
April 5, 12, 19, 26
Four Thursdays, 7:30 – 9 pm

Meditation 2.0: Mindfulness and Working with the Five Hindrances (class)

With Keiryu Liên Shutt
Seven Thursdays, 7:30 – 9 pm
February 1 – March 15

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.