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Green Gulch Farm Zen Center, also known as Green Dragon Temple (Soryu-ji), is a Buddhist practice center in the Japanese Soto Zen tradition offering training in Zen meditation and ordinary work. It is one of three centers that make up San Francisco Zen Center, which was founded by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi.

Our effort at Green Gulch is to awaken in ourselves and the many people who come here the bodhisattva spirit, the spirit of kindness and realistic helpfulness. This is how we offer our understanding of Buddha's Way.

Green Gulch Farm is located in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, in a valley that opens out onto the Pacific Ocean. In addition to the temple program of zen and study, it includes an organic farm and garden, as well as a guest house and conference center.

Main Office and Bookstore

1601 Shoreline Highway
Muir Beach , CA 94965
415.383.3134 |

Office/Bookstore hours:
Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am - noon and 1:30 - 4 pm
Sundays, 9 - 10 am and 11:15 am - 3 pm
(Closed Mondays)

Please note that hours vary during retreat times.

To register for an event at Green Gulch Farm, call our toll free number 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362.

Call the Green Gulch Office at 415.383.3134 for:

  • Inquiries about scholarships and Zen Center resident student and staff discounts
  • Questions about practicing at Green Gulch Farm

Sundays at Green Gulch

On Sunday, we offer a public program, which includes a zazen instruction, a lecture, tea, and a public lunch ($15). Non-resident lay members volunteer with many aspects of the Sunday program. Carpooling is encouraged.

The Study Center

Zen Center's Mountain Gate Study Center offers a variety of classes in Buddhist philosophy and practice. Classes are held on Sunday mornings and on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Sessions of 6 weekly classes are held 5 to 6 times each year and are open to the public.

The Zendo

Traditional Zen meditation retreats (1-day, 5-day and 7-day) are held each month. We suggest that you begin with an introductory sitting. We also hold a number of weekend retreats which include meditation, lectures and group discussion. Some of our retreats are especially designed for families. Click here for more information about formal Zen practice.

Workshops

We offer a variety of day-long and weekend workshops which combine lecture, discussion, and meditation practices.

The Teahouse

A generous donation from a friend of Zen Center enabled us to construct a traditional Japanese teahouse, one of the few such structures in America. Tea classes in the Urasenke tradition are offered weekly. Private viewings of the teahouse and tea ceremonies can be arranged.

Farm and Garden

The Green Gulch garden and nursery are open every day. Classes in organic gardening, pruning, flower arranging, herb culture and related topics are offered throughout the year, and Green Gulch offers an apprenticeship in organic farming each summer.

Staying at Green Gulch

There are opportunities for residential practice at Green Gulch as well as a guest house and facilities meetings and conferences.

Membership

People who want to participate regularly at Green Gulch are urged to become Zen Center members. Members help support our activities and receive our newsletter, schedule of events, and discounts on books, classes and sesshins.