7:30 - 9 pm
with Mako Voelkel and Daigan Gaither
Dining Room at 300 Page Street
Honoring Sexuality While Maintaining Upright Awareness
What is it to be upright and awake in the midst of sexual energy? How do we not turn away from ourselves or our experience in the present? Using small group discussions, guided meditations, zazen, and open dialogue we will explore our vow in the context of responsible sexual choices. How can we learn to understand and relate to desire in healthy and respectful ways? Are we using our energies or are they using us? Join us as we explore what it means to practice while maintaining a healthy relationship to our sexuality.
Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations
Unzan Mako Voelkel has been practicing at San Francisco Zen Center since 1997. In 2002, she ended a teaching position in Philosophy at the City College of San Francisco to become a full time resident at Tassajara. Ordained by Ryushin Paul Haller in 2004 and Shuso at Tassajara in 2009, Mako currently serves as the Tassajara Director.
Daigan Gaither began Buddhist practice in 1995 as an Vipassana practitioner, and began to study Zen in 2003 with Ryushin Paul Haller. He received Lay Ordination in 2006 and Priest Ordination in 2011. His work and practice include many hours devoted to community service as one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and a volunteer caregiver with Zen Hospice Project .
Zen Center Resident Discounts
Current San Francisco Zen Center residents attend at a discount.
To inquire, please email the City Center Front Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 415.863.3136 during office hours: 9:30am- 4:00pm Monday-Friday.
- For help completing registration, please call 888-743-9362 (toll free) or 415-475-9362
For more information, please visit the San Francisco Zen Center web site or call:
- 888-743-9362 (toll free) or
- 415-475-9362 during the hours:
M-F: 8am to 5pm
Sat: 9:30am to 3pm
Closed for lunch 12:30 to 1:30pm (each day)
We are adding online registration for most of the events at City Center and Green Gulch Farm. This is an extended trial, and we'd like to hear from you. How well is it working and how we might improve it? Please let us know what you think!
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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!