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The Heart of the Matter: More Love, Less Stuff (Jul/CC)

San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC)

Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

The Heart of the Matter: More Love, Less Stuff (Jul/CC)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Ended $85.00 $0.00
SF Zen Center Member   more info Ended $72.00 $0.00
Limited Income   more info Ended $64.00 $0.00
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The Heart of the Matter: More Love, Less Stuff

Saturday, July 21
9 am - 4 pm
with Andrew Mellen and Kansan David Zimmerman

Conference Center at 308 Page Street

Do you feel like you have too much to do and not enough time to do it? Is your personal or work space crowded out by stuff and unfinished projects? Have you forgotten or let go of what you’re most passionate about? Are you stuck in a pattern of habitual mental and emotional grasping?

The path to liberation often begins by taking stock of what is essential in our lives. This workshop is intended for anyone who feels stuck or overwhelmed by daily life, and is looking for a way to regain balance and clarity by transforming their relationship with material, mental, and emotional clutter.

Consider this as an “unstuff your life” boot camp, during which we’ll use core value exercises, meditation and group discussion to help you uncover delusion and break free from the power that “story” (whether about yourself or your material things) holds over your life. Presented with simple, practical skills and mindfulness techniques, you’ll leave with potent tools to eliminate clutter and distraction while reconnecting with your heart—the source of joy. Discover again what matters, and how to make real and lasting change for a freer, more spacious, and happier life.

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Related Bio(s):

Andrew Mellen

Andrew J. Mellen is an author, speaker, and professional organizer. He can be found on the web. He’s been called “The Most Organized Man in America,” for good reason—as an organizer and workshop leader, he has helped thousands of people across the U.S. to unclutter their lives and gain time for the things that are really important … which often aren’t even things at all.

Kansan David Zimmerman
Kansan David Zimmerman has been practicing Zen for 20 years and was ordained by Rev. Teah Strozer in 2006. Having spent eight years at Tassajara, where he held a number of positions including guest manager, meditation hall manager and director, he now lives at City Center where he is Program Director. He supports Dr. Lee Lipp with classes and workshops on "Transforming Depression and Anxiety."

Member Discount

Current Zen Center members receive a 10% discount. For more information about membership, visit  the membership section of our web site or email

Zen Center Resident Discounts

Current San Francisco Zen Center residents attend at a discount.

To inquire, please email the City Center Front Office at or call them at 415.863.3136 during office hours: 9:30am- 4:00pm Monday-Friday.

More Information

  • 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 might we improve it? Please let us know what you think!

Have questions about The Heart of the Matter: More Love, Less Stuff (Jul/CC)? Contact San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC)

When & Where

Fort Mason, Building A
San Francisco, 94123

Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM (PDT)

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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!

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