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Classes & Extended Courses

Classes are organized around a core six-root curriculum.
  • Root I: The life of the Buddha and early texts
  • Root II: Buddhist psychology
  • Root III: Buddhist wisdom
  • Root IV: Ethics and compassion
  • Root V: Zen
  • Root VI: Contemporary developments in Buddhism

In Roots I through V, the study is text-based. Our emphasis is on understanding the material for its relevance to Buddhist insight, practice, and living. Root VI, Contemporary Buddhism, is concerned with issues relevant to us as Buddhists living in a complex and diverse culture.

Classes are offered on Sunday morning and Monday and Tuesday evenings. An ongoing sewing class is offered on Sunday afternoon.

Fee for six-week class series: $120 nonmembers, $108 current SFZC members, $72 limited income.

To register for a class, use the ticket table or Register Online button on the event page, or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).

Cancellation policy for classes, events and workshops:
15 days or more:
$20 service charge
14 - 8 days:
50% of the total fees
7 days or less:
no refund
(minimum cancellation fee: $20)

Chinese Zen Ancestors (Class), GGF 2/16 - 3/23
with Abiding Abbess Furyu Schroeder
Six Mondays: February 16 - March 23, 2015

To this day a visitor to South Peak Temple in Hunan Province will see a sign inscribed over the main gate announcing that one is entering an ancestor temple of the Soto Zen School (Cao-Dong). In this class we will honor the teachings of our Soto Zen Ancestors in China beginning with the arrival of Bodhidharma from the West.

Living the Heart Sutra (Class), GGF 2/22 - 3/29
with Jokai Carolyn Cavanagh
Six Sunday mornings: February 22 - March 29, 2015

How do we relate to and express the wisdom of a knowledge beyond our concepts in our everyday lives? Join us in exploring the koan of the Prajnaparamita.

Coming of Age Program 2014-2015

For 7th and 8th Grade Boys and Girls
September to May

Contemplative Caregiver Courses 2015
with Jennifer Block and other teachers
A collaboration between Beyond Measure School for Contemplative Care and San Francisco Zen Center.

New: Three Separate Courses in 2015
January 23 to April 18, 2015 May 22 to August 8, 2015 September 11 to December 5, 2015

Sewing Buddha's Robe

Instruction in sewing a rakusu, Buddha’s robe, is offered for those who are preparing for the Bodhisattva Initiation Ceremony with a Zen Center or affiliated teacher.