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)
 

Dharma Gate of Repose and Bliss: A Playful and Practical Exploration of Zazen Posture (Class), GGF 7/7 - 8/11

with Erin Merk
Six Tuesdays: July 7 - August 11, 2015

Exploring a variety of perspectives on posture through texts, visual tools and our own present-moment attunement, we will engage in a series of weekly body-mind inquiries, including at-home explorations, to invite sensitivity and awaken the mysterious and inconceivable experience of harmonious posture.

Embodying the Heart Sutra: All Five Skandhas Are Empty (Class), GGF 7/13 - 8/10

with Furyu Nancy Schroder
Five Mondays: July 13 - August 10, 2015

In this class we will use the Buddha's teaching on the division of the "self" into five "heaps," or skandhas, as a framework for studying the "self," as we learn to see how there really isn't any such thing at all . . . or is there?

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
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

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.