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Fall 2014 Practice Period at Tassajara

led by Abbess Eijun Linda Ruth Cutts

September 26 - December 20, 2014
(Apply by June 26, 2014)

The Fall Practice Period at Tassajara is a time to enter the mountains and to deeply settle our practice of zazen, and manifest each activity as zazen.

Our study will focus on core teachings from Chapter Two of The Lotus Sutra, "Skillful Means." We will focus on two of Dogen's fascicles from the Treasury of the True Dharma Eye, where these teachings are brought forth, including "Only Buddha and A Buddha," "The Reality of All Things," as well as the "Dharma for Taking Food" from Dogen's Pure Standards for the Zen Community. We will greatly benefit by the commentary in Living By Vow by Shohaku Okumura.

Tassajara’s ninety-day practice period follows the traditional Soto Zen monastic schedule. The practice period is an opportunity for experienced practitioners to join with the Tassajara community in intensive practice at Zen Mountain Center (Zenshinji).

Prerequisite for practice at Tassajara is completion of at least one residential practice period at San Francisco Zen Center’s City Center or Green Gulch Farm; or equivalent experience.

Practice Period fees*: $3400 US (plus $30 application fee), which covers room, board and tuition. Payment in full is required upon 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.

(*As the basic operating expenses for the practice period are in excess of $4500 per student, please feel free to donate more if you are able.)

Important Practice Period Documents:

Application deadline: June 26, 2014.
Please send your application and $30 application fee** to:

Mary Stares
Assistant to the Central Abbess
San Francisco Zen Center
300 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

**All checks should be made out to Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.

For further information, please contact Mary Stares at 415.354.0380 or centralabbessassist@sfzc.org.