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

Residential Participation

Residential practice period participants join the full practice period schedule, or a limited schedule that includes everything except the daily work practice. Residential participants should plan to arrive by the early afternoon of Monday, October 1, 2018.

Note: We will accept new residential participants in the practice period based on available housing. If you want to practice as a resident, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as residential space is limited.

The Koan of Everyday Life

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

Applications for residential participation are due September 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. Weekly events include an oryoki meal, classes, ceremonies, dharma talks, and Wednesday afternoon teas with the practice period leader. During the ten weeks students will have the opportunity to meet individually with the practice period leader and/or other practice leaders.

Practice period teas are scheduled every Wednesday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, beginning Wednesday, October 3 and ending Wednesday, November 28. 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.

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.

Residential Fees

Full: Includes full-time work practice at City Center

  • $2,139 shared room
  • $2,691 private room, if available

Limited: Not working at City Center

  • $3,105 shared room
  • $3,588 private room, if available

Residential Applications:

  • Download the Residential Practice Period Application [Word]/[PDF]. You may also email the office (ccoffice@sfzc.org) to request one, or call 415.863.3136.
  • To process residential applications, a non-refundable fee of $30 is required. Use the Register Online button under “Payment,” below, or include payment with your application, or call our toll-free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).
  • Please also review the Pure Standards for Residential Zen Training.

Deadline for residential applications: September 1.


Use the Register Online button to pay your non-refundable residential application fee of $30. Or call our toll-free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).

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