Classes & Extended Courses

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Classes are offered on Sunday morning and Monday and Tuesday evenings. An ongoing sewing class is offered on Sunday afternoon. Classes series start at different times of the year and are organized around six core topics:

  • Buddha's Life and Early Texts
  • Buddhist Psychology
  • Buddhist Wisdom
  • Ethics and Compassion
  • Zen
  • Contemporary Buddhism

For class and workshop registration, please use the Register Online button on the event page, or call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362). We accept Visa or Mastercard.

Refund Policy

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)


Fees vary based on number of class meetings, but the basic fee is $20 per class meeting, with a reduced fee for members and those with limited income; see each class for fee information.


Introducing Buddhism by "Classifying the Teachings" (Class), GGF 10/18 - 11/22

7:45 - 8:45 am
Six Sunday mornings with Jiryu Rutschman-Byler

What does Buddhism teach, and how have these teachings evolved over time?

Stories of Intimate Communication (Class), GGF 10/19 - 11/23

7:30 - 9 pm
Six Monday evenings with Tenshin Reb Anderson

As the "Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi" says, the teaching of suchness is the intimate entrustment of Buddha ancestors.

Food Practice: How Does the Tenzokyokun Inform Enjoying and Preparing Food Today? (Class), GGF 2/14 - 3/20

7:45 - 8:45 am
With Jisan Anna Thorn

Upright and Complete: Practicing with Noble Speech (Class), GGF 2/15 - 3/21

7: 30 - 9 pm
Six Monday evenings with Eijun Linda Ruth Cutts

The challenges and joys of the practice of right speech are great.

Coming of Age Program 2015-2016

Coming of Age Program 2015-2016

For 7th and 8th Grade Boys and Girls
Monthly meetings, September to May

Contemplative Caregiver Courses 2015

With Jennifer Block and other teachers
Three trimesters of coursework representing a collaboration between Beyond Measure School for Contemplative Care and San Francisco Zen Center.

Sewing Buddha's Robe

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.