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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)

Aiming at the Fabric of Your Life (Class), GGF 5/11 - 6/15
with Kathy Early
Six Sundays: May 11 - June 15, 2014
8 - 9 am


Coming of Age Program 2013-2014

For 7th and 8th Grade Boys and Girls
September 8, 2013 - May 11, 2014



Contemplative Caregiver Course 2014
January 31 - December 6, 2014

A yearlong certificate training program in contemplative practices and care methods, offered in collaboration with Beyond Measure School for Contemplative Care, founded by Jennifer Block.


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.