Outreach activities at City Center include distributing food to homeless people; providing dharma books, pen-pals, and meditation classes for prison inmates; working with families in transitional housing; enhancing cultural diversity within Zen Center; facilitating the formation of satellite sitting groups; and advocating for compassionate action on social issues. We welcome volunteers for Outreach activities.
Queer Dharma The LGBTIQ Queer Dharma is an open group and newcomers are welcome. The group meets regularly (once a month) in the Buddha Hall at City Center.
The Saturday Sangha is a group that meets each week to help care for the public program at City Center. Individuals in the group learn a variety of basic zendo jobs, sometimes help in the kitchen, and generally pitch in to help the Saturday program.
For those who have participated in the Transforming Depression and Anxiety basic introductory workshops. These 1½-hour practice classes are offered to those who are interested in fine-tuning the practices introduced in the basic skills workshops taught throughout the year at SFZC and at other venues.
From the identifiable beginnings of Zen, working together has been an integral part of our practice. Work is the way we bring this practice out of the meditation hall and into the world. It is one of the most important ways in which practitioners come together and begin to know one another intimately, forging the Sangha (community), which is one of Buddhism’s Three Treasures.
Young Urban Zen Tuesday evenings, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Meet at Buddha Hall, 300 Page Street