Friday, June 15 - Sunday, June 17
Led by Anshin Rosalie Curtis and Kyoshin Wendy Lewis
Traditional Soto Zen meditation retreat includes oryoki meals, daily Dharma talks, sitting and walking meditation, and private interviews with senior teachers.
This three-day sitting will include a one-day sitting on Saturday, June 16. Participants may sign up for just the Saturday sitting.* Those who require oryoki instruction should attend the Thursday evening, June 14, 5:00 pm portion of the orientation.
Thursday, June 14: Evening orientation for sesshin
Oryoki instruction 5:00 pm; dinner 6:30 pm; orientation for all participants 7:30 pm.
Fees for three-day sitting: $180; $162 current members; $144 limited income. The fee includes meals during the sitting.
Overnight accommodations: $25 per night shared room; $50 per night private room, if available.
Deadline for applying: Monday, June 11
If this is your first sesshin at City Center, please contact the ino (head of meditation hall) at 415.354.0391 or by email prior to registering.
*To Register for the One-Day Sitting, go to our One-Day Sitting web page.
Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations
Anshin Rosalie Curtis
Anshin Rosalie Curtis came to Zen Center for the first time on January 2, 1982 for a Saturday Dharma talk. She has held various staff and officer positions and was Zen Center's graphic designer for ten years in the 1990s. She completed her shuso training as a lay practitioner in 2004, was ordained as a priest a year later, and received Dharma transmission from Michael Wenger in 2011. Currently she is the tanto, head of practice, at City Center.
Kyoshin Wendy Lewis
Kyoshin Wendy Lewis has been practicing at Zen Center since 1987, including living for six years at Tassajara. She was ordained by Sojun Mel Weitsman in 1997. She has held senior staff positions at Tassajara and City Center, was Zen Center Secretary, and managed the City Center Bookstore. After serving as City Center director, she joined the Zen Center Programming Department and is now Web Editor.
Current SF Zen Center Members attend at a discount. If you've misplaced or didn't receive the discount code, please call 888.743.9362 or our local number 415.475.9362.
Zen Center Resident Discounts
Current SF Zen Center resident/students 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 and select option '0', during office hours:
M-F 9:30 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 - 5:00 pm
Sat 8:30 am - 12 noon
Note: Hours vary during retreat times.
For more information, please visit the San Francisco Zen Center web site or call
- Toll free: 888-743-9362 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)
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!