Fall 2018 Practice Period at Tassajara

The 103rd Practice Period at Tassajara

Led by Green Gulch Farm Abbess Furyu Schroeder

September 25 – December 20
Application due date is July 17

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Tassajara's ninety-day practice period follows the traditional Soto Zen monastic schedule. The practice period is a rare opportunity for experienced practitioners to participate in the intensive practice at Zen Mountain Center (Zenshinji).

The following prerequisites for the Fall 2018 practice period at Tassajara must be fulfilled in total for your application to be considered:

  • Completion of at least one two-month residential practice period at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center or Green Gulch Farm
  • Commitment to complete the full three months
  • Submitting a complete application before the deadline
  • Tuition paid in full before the start of the practice period or use of a practice period credit earned before arrival and approved by the applications committee

Practice Period Fees*: $3600 US (plus $30 application fee), which covers room, board and tuition. Payment in full is required BEFORE arrival at Tassajara unless another arrangement is made in advance with the director. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer financial scholarships for practice periods. However, a scholarship (which includes room, board, and tuition) may be earned by participating in the Work Practice Apprenticeship Program during the summer before the practice period.

*As the basic operating expenses for the practice period are in excess of $4500 per student, please consider donating more if you are able.

Based on our past experience, we expect that the seasonal rains will bring additional challenges to the monastery. These challenges include potential flooding as well as debris flow, slides, and erosion risks along the Tassajara road and throughout the valley. Due to these potential hazards, Tassajara practice period participants have been requested to sign a Waiver of Liability [Word] / [PDF].

Important Practice Period Documents:

Application deadline: July 17, 2018.

The application and the $30 application fee (checks should be made out to Tassajara Zen Mountain Center) can be mailed to the address below, but it is preferred that the application and accompanying documents be sent via email to ggfabbessassist@sfzc.org and the application fee be paid online. The online option will be available soon for paying the $30 application fee.

ZMC Practice Period Applications Committee
Tassajara Fall 2018
c/o Kōgen Dito-Keith
Green Gulch Farm
1601 Shoreline Hwy
Muir Beach, CA 94965

For further information, please contact Kōgen Dito-Keith, assistant to Fu Schroeder, at ggfabbessassist@sfzc.org.