7:30 - 9 pm
with Jisan Tova Green
Wise speech, or “right speech,” was encouraged by the Buddha as part of the eightfold path, the way to end suffering. It is the cornerstone of sila, ethical conduct, the second paramita, or perfection. You may find this class helpful if you have difficulty expressing yourself, say things you later regret having said, or want to learn how to listen more deeply.
In this class we will explore the Buddha’s teachings on wise speech, as well as contemporary readings related to the precepts that have to do with speech. We will develop skills in speaking in ways that build connection with ourselves and others, and in listening with attention and empathy.
Students at all levels of practice are welcome. A reading list will be offered and classes will combine presentations, discussion and experiential exercises.
Jisan Tova Green
Jisan Tova Green, LCSW, is a Zen priest ordained by Eijun Linda Cutts in 2003. She is a practice leader at San Francisco Zen Center and co-founded Zen Center's Queer Dharma Group. Tova received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and completed Smith's certificate program in Contemplative Social Work in 2008. Tova was a social worker at Hospice by the Bay until April 2011, when she became the Director of San Francisco Zen Center's City Center.
Zen Center Resident Discounts
Current San Francisco Zen Center residents attend at a discount.
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When & Where
San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC)
Established in 1962 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and his American students, San Francisco Zen Center is a Soto Zen Buddhist community with three practice places in the SF Bay Area: City Center, an urban temple in the heart of San Francisco; Green Gulch Farm, in Marin County, where fertile fields meet the ocean; and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen training monastery in the West, in the Ventana Wilderness inland from Big Sur. At San Francisco Zen Center, zazen, study, and work practice are available to a diverse population of students, visitors, lay people, priests, and monks. All are welcome!