Saturday One-Day Sittings at City Center

Unless otherwise noted, sittings begin at 5:40 am (please plan to arrive before 5:30 am) and end at 6 pm.

  November 2 (register by October 29)

January 25 (register by January 21)
February 22 (register by February 18)
May 2 (register by April 28)
June 6 (as this is part of a three-day sitting, please register by May 28)
September 5 (register by September 1)
October 3 (register by September 29)
November 7 (register by November 3)

Online registration for the one-day sitting will close at 4 pm on the Tuesday before the sitting. Note: Overnight accommodations must be booked during online registration.

One-day sittings offer traditional Soto Zen all-day meditation practice. In order to understand the nature of our formal retreats, and to be clear about the details of the practice, please review a typical one-day sitting schedule. We ask those who attend one-day sittings to commit to participating in the complete schedule.

If you will need a chair in the zendo for the entire day, please indicate this when you sign up.

Formal oryoki meals are served in the zendo. Meals are included in the cost of the one-day sitting; however, you will need an oryoki set. You may bring your own set, purchase one, or rent a set for the day.

  • To purchase your own oryoki set, please add the "Purchase Oryoki Set" fee to your online reservation. Please contact the City Center Ino to check on availability of sets.
  • To rent an oryoki set for the day, please add the "Rent Oryoki Set" fee to your online reservation.

The day will include a work period. You should bring clothes to work in. Some of the work may be strenuous. Please let us know if you have limitations on your ability to work.


If this is your first one-day sitting at City Center, please attend the oryoki instruction and orientation on the Friday evening before the sitting.

  • Oryoki instruction is Friday at 5:00 pm
  • Friday dinner is at 6:30 pm; cost for Friday dinner is by donation
  • Orientation is Friday at 7:30 pm
Please indicate the following when registering:
  • Is this your first formal one-day sitting at Zen Center?
  • Will you need to use a chair throughout the day?
  • Will you need to buy or rent an oryoki set?
  • Will you need accommodation at City Center in addition to attending the sitting? Please call one of the numbers below.

Fee: $75; $67 current SFZC members; $60 limited income. The fee includes meals during the sitting, but not accommodations (see below). Some partial scholarships available. See About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations.

To Register: Use the Register Online button above for the date you wish to attend. Or please call the City Center Office at 415-863-3136 or call our toll-free number (888.743.9362) or local number (415.475.9362). Registration for the one-day sitting will close at 4 pm on the Tuesday before the sitting.

Optional accommodation on Friday night:

  • $35, shared*
  • $50, single*
*Subject to availability. Contact the events coordinator at 415.354.0360 or by email ([email protected]).