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Establishing the Path of Practice 2014

One-Year Non-Residential Training Program
September 27, 2014 - July 18, 2015

with Ryushin Paul Haller, Keiryu Liên Shutt, Konin Melissa Cardenas, Zachary Smith and Kyoshin Wendy Lewis
Apply by September 24

This one-year, experiential training program is designed to help participants develop a sustainable daily meditation practice and mindfulness of body, mind and emotions during everyday activities and relationships. Some meditation experience would be helpful but it is not essential. We will engage the modalities of meditation, yoga, sensing, and mindfulness of activities, and explore practice themes in dyads, triads and small groups. All of these methods will enable us to apply the principles of Zen Buddhist practice in our daily lives at home and in the marketplace.

See these articles on EPP:

2014 Interview with EPP alum

2013 Teacher Interview: Forming the Habit of Mindfulness

2013 Testimonials: What Former Participants Experienced
There will be three parts to the course:

Saturday, September 27, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm    
Thursday, October 9, 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, October 18, 1:15 – 5 pm
Thursday, October 30, 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, November 15, 1:15 – 5 pm
Tuesday, November 25, 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, December 13, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
First Trimester
Establishing the fundamentals of practice

The emphasis will be cultivating meditation postures, body awareness, and the ability to bring awareness to our daily activities through a series of mindful exercises. These practices will be continued throughout all three trimesters.

Second Trimester
Saturday, January 10, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday, January 22, 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, February 7, 1:15 – 5 pm
Thursday, February 19, 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, March 7, 1:15 – 5 pm
Thursday, March 26, 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, April 11, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Exploring self and relating to others

Through attention to the habits of thought and feelings, actions and reactions in our own being and in our interpersonal interactions, we will explore how these arise in everyday situations and learn ways to practice with them.

Third Trimester
Expressing practice in our life
Saturday, May 16, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday, June 4, 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, June 20, 1:15 – 5 pm
Thursday, July 2, 7:30 – 9 pm
Saturday, July 18, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Discover how the insights that we're realizing through practice can be expressed and embodied in all aspects of our lives and how the cultivation and practice of intention can support this.


Participants will be expected to:
  • Have a daily sitting practice at home (20+ minutes) or at Zen Center.
  • Attend the monthly meetings for all participants on Saturdays and Thursday evenings (see dates above).
  • Attend the twice-monthly peer group meetings.
  • Practice the daily body and mindfulness exercises presented in the class.
  • Write the requested personal reflections.
Fees per Trimester: $325; $292 current SFZC members; $260 limited income. Participants sign up for each trimester separately. Registration: Download the EPP Registration Form [Word]/[PDF].
Registration deadline: September 24, 2014

Please mail or deliver: 1) the completed registration form, 2) full tuition payment for the first trimester, 3) your personal statement and 4) a recent photograph to:
San Francisco Zen Center
Attn: EPP 2014 Registration
300 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

If you have any questions about financial assistance, work-exchange, payment arrangements or any other matters related to the application process, please call Kim Koei Hart in the City Center office at 415-354-0386 or email kim.koeihart@sfzc.org.