Everyday Enlightenment: Shunryu Suzuki’s Expression of Zen Practice
led by Abiding Abbot Rinso Ed Sattizahn
September 30 - December 6
Residential, commuter and online options available
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi founded the San Francisco Zen Center and taught here from 1959 to his death in 1971. Suzuki Roshi brought a “beginner's mind” to developing the practice at Zen Mind Temple at Tassajara and Beginner’s Mind Temple in San Francisco. His adaptation of traditional Zen practice to American culture in both an urban and a remote mountain setting gives us insight into his hope for the future of American Zen.
We will explore his expression of Zen practice through his lectures and the stories from students who knew him, as well as his teachings on zazen, rituals, work practice, precepts, koans and the teacher-student relationship.
This practice period will offer a variety of practices designed to engage Suzuki Roshi’s way, both for those who will practice primarily at City Center and those who will practice at home, accessing dharma talks and classes online.
The practice schedule of the Center will include: one-day sitting and concludes with the seven-day Rohatsu Sesshin, November 30 to December 6.
Visit the Online Participation page for information and registration.
Commuting participants join the practice period at a level of commitment that is appropriate to their circumstances.
Residential practice period participants join the full practice period schedule, or a limited schedule that includes everything except the daily work practice. Residential participants should plan to arrive by the early afternoon of September 29.
We will accept new residential participants in the practice period based on available housing. If you want to practice as a resident, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as residential space is limited, but before August 5.