Fall 2018 Practice Period at City Center – Online Option 10/2 – 12/8

Online Participation

Students in the online program participate through our practice period website. Students who live locally or are visiting the San Francisco area are invited to join us for open temple events such as zazen, ceremonies, dharma talks and the Tuesday night class. However, this offering is designed to reach those who cannot participate on-site on a regular basis and need to study on their own schedule.

All paid events at City Center are available to the participants at the member rate.

The Koan of Everyday Life

Led by City Center Abiding Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn
October 2 – December 8

Applications for online participation are due October 1.

Participants can engage in the practice period in one of three ways:

About the Fall 2018 Practice Period – The Koan of Everyday Life
A Practice Period is a traditional intensive training period common in the schools of Buddhism and varying between six to twelve weeks in length. There are three practice periods offered onsite each year at our City Center temple—Winter, Spring, and Fall.

During this Fall Practice Period, will explore the role of classical Zen koans and Dogen’s Genjo Koan in our daily practice. The focus of our exploration will be the depth and poignancy of our ordinary human life. Shunryu Suzuki, the founder of Zen Center, lectured on the Genjo Koan almost every year from 1965 to 1971, and it served as the core of his teachings. One of the key sources for the study of Genjo Koan will be the book Dogen’s Genjo Koan, Three Commentaries. The commentaries are by Shunryu Suzuki, Kosho Uchiyama, and Bokusan Nishiari.

As part of the practice period, the abbot will also teach an 8-week class, The Koan of Everyday Life, on Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9 pm, October 9 – November 27.

This Fall Practice Period is a chance to develop and deepen your practice together with others in a supportive environment and through activities including daily sitting, study, practice discussion with the teachers, and weekly sangha discussions. 

There will be two one-day sittings, on October 6 and November 3. The practice period concludes with a seven-day Rohatsu sesshin, beginning the evening of Saturday, December 1 and ending on Saturday, December 8. (One-day sittings and the sesshin must be registered for and paid for separately.)

Three ways to participate in the Practice Period

Residential Options

  • Work Practice Apprentice (WPA): For those who want to live and work full-time in the temple.
  • Limited Resident: For those who want to live in the temple but will not participate in the daily work schedule.

Commuter Option: For those who live off-site but can attend all or part of the practice schedule on-site.

Online Option: For those whose schedule or location doesn’t allow for regular on-site attendance of temple events.

The online option includes:

  • The following offerings will be available to online participants:

  • Live-streamed Dharma talks on Saturdays which will be available to watch at any time.
  • Audio recordings of sesshin talks and Wednesday Dharma talks.
  • Access to the livestream feed of the practice period class, The Koan of Everyday Life. The recorded video will be available for download for those who cannot attend live.
  • Downloads of handouts, readings, and exercises.
  • An online zendo to sit with others each morning Monday through Friday.
  • Interactive meetings with the practice period leader, Rinso Ed Sattizahn, and other participants via video conference calls.
  • Opportunity to have an online sangha relationship with other students via the practice period website.

Online Practice Period Application Process:

Online Application & Registration

First, complete this Online Application.

Then,   or call our toll-free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362 to register and pay for the practice period. 

Online Participation Fee: $179 general; $161 current members; $143 limited income.

Access to the practice period website will be provided a week prior to the practice period. See the online participation practice period application below for recommendations on how to participate from home.

Please review the Pure Standards for Residential Zen Training. Deadline for online applications is October 1. Some partial scholarships are available; please review this page for more information