Winter 2017 Practice Period at City Center

The Zen Way: The Principles and Practices of Zen

Led by Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller
January 25 – March 25, 2017

From Joshu's "Have you eaten lunch? Then wash your bowl," to Dogen Zenji's "between aspiration, practice, enlightenment, and nirvana, there is not a moment’s gap," Zen teachings embrace both the practical and the profound aspects of our human lives. The marketplace and the monastery coexist as we try to take care of our lives and discover the preciousness of being alive. The interplay of these requests challenges us to discover the heart of Zen practice—integrating "just doing" and "just being." Continually returning to the discovery of Beginner’s Mind both cultivates and expresses awakening in each moment.

Cultivating and sustaining this practice of continuous awareness is the theme of the practice period. We will study and practice the traditional teachings of Zen and examine the understanding, dedication, guidance, and support needed to sustain them in the midst of the myriad activities of each day.

With a foundation of daily sitting, classes, weekly lectures, and each other's support, we'll study ourselves and traditional Zen teachings that illuminate this path of awakening.

Additionally, there will be a yoga workshop designed to help with sitting zazen.

Resident and non-resident participation are both possible.

This Winter Practice Period is a chance to intensify your practice with daily sitting, study, practice discussion with the teacher and the head student, and sangha discussions during our weekly tea together.

Practice period tea is scheduled every Wednesday, 5:30 – 6:30 pm, beginning on Wednesday, February 1, and ending on Wednesday, March 15.

There will be two one-day sittings, on January 28 and February 25, and the practice period concludes with a seven-day sesshin, March 18 – 25. (All events other than the Practice Period Tea must be registered for and paid for separately.)

Select one of two ways to participate below: Online/Commuter or Residential.

Online/Commuter Participation

For those unable to join us at City Center to participate in the scheduled sittings and events, we offer an online/commuter version of the practice period, including dharma talks, classes and online small groups led by SFZC teachers. Information and registration.

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 January 25.

Residential Fees:

  • Full: Includes full-time work practice at City Center:
    $1,891 shared room
    $2,379 private room, if available
  • Limited: Not working at City Center:
    $2,745 shared room
    $3,172 private room, if available
Residential Applications:
  • Download the Residential Practice Period Application [Word]/[PDF]. You may also email the office ( 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 near the bottom of this page, or include payment with your application, or call our toll-free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).
Deadline for residential applications: December 14, 2016.
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.


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).