Daily Schedule Zazen is the very core of our practice. In the Soto Zen tradition, zazen, formal service, and ceremonies are the bodily enactment of our vow to awaken for the benefit of all beings. The daily schedule and all of our activities are designed to support the community's daily zazen practice.
Practice Periods Practice periods are led by one of our resident teachers and usually focus on a particular teaching or aspect of practice. A practice period is the traditional Buddhist way to deepen and intensify one's practice.
Resident Teachers and Instructors If you are new to practice or have an ongoing meditation practice, you are encouraged to speak regularly with one of our practice leaders. First-time practice discussions may be arranged through the front office at 415.383.3134.
Residential Practice The Green Gulch Resident Training Program is designed to support Zen students to sit
zazen, practice intimately with each other and with the bodhisattva precepts, and gain a thorough
understanding of what it is to take refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
Study Classes Buddhism has a 2,500-year history and there have been many schools of Buddhist thought, and many styles of practice. Study is traditional in Zen monasteries as zazen and intellectual
understanding inform and deepen each other.