Establishing the Path of Practice (EPP) 2017, CC 2/4 – 4/8

A 9-Week Non-Residential Program
With Ryushin Paul Haller and other Zen teachers
at City Center

February 4 – April 8, 2017
Apply by February 1

This 9-week program is designed to help participants to develop a sustainable daily meditation practice and a mindfulness practice during daily activities and relationships. Some meditation experience would be helpful, but it is not essential.

The course will include meditation, yoga, sensing and mindfulness of activities, and it will explore practice themes in dyads, triads and through experiential exercises. Participants will meet regularly in small groups led by a Zen teacher to help support their practice. All of these methods are designed to aid participants in applying the principles of Zen Buddhist practice and mindfulness to daily life at home and in the marketplace. 

Course participants will have access to a private site where they will find archived versions of all course materials—including audio recordings of scheduled meetings. In addition, the course will enable participants to easily engage with other students and course leaders.

There are three themes that will be covered in the course: 

  • Establishing the fundamentals of practice: The emphasis will be on a daily practice of cultivating the details of awareness meditation—awareness of body, breath, emotions, mind and the ability to bring awareness to our daily activities—using a series of mindful exercises.
  • Exploring self and relating to others: Through attention to the habits of thought and feelings as well as actions and reactions in our own being and in our interpersonal interactions, we will explore how they arise in daily life and learn ways to practice with them.
  • Expressing practice in our lives: The main activity will be investigating how the insights we are realizing through practice can be expressed and embodied in all aspects of our lives, and how cultivating and practicing intention can support this.
Participants will be expected to:
  • Develop a regular sitting practice at home or City Center.
  • Attend monthly meetings for all participants on Saturday afternoons and Tuesday evenings. Please see the dates and times below.
  • Attend the twice-monthly peer group meetings.
  • Practice the daily body and mindfulness exercises presented in the class.
  • Write the requested personal reflections.
February 4 Saturday 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  14 Tuesday 7:30 – 9 pm
  25 Saturday 1:30 – 4:30 pm
March 7 Tuesday 7:30 – 9 pm
  18 Saturday 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  28 Tuesday 7:30 – 9 pm
April 8 Saturday 1:30 – 4:30 pm

Fee: $325; $292 current SFZC members; $195 limited income. To Register:
  1. Download the EPP Registration Form [Word]/[PDF].
    Registration deadline: February 1, 2017
  2. Please mail or email ( 1) the completed application form, 2) your personal statement and 3) a recent photograph to: San Francisco Zen Center, Attn: EPP 2017 Registration, 300 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
  3. Use the Register Online button below for payment of fees, or include payment with your application. Or call our toll-free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).

If you have any questions about financial assistance, work exchange, payment arrangements or any other matters related to the application process, please contact Please submit full tuition payment for the program with your registration to secure your space in the program.

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