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Sangha in Recovery 2011-2012 Q3 (CC)

San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC)

Friday, June 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM (PDT)

San Francisco, United States

Sangha in Recovery 2011-2012 Q3 (CC)

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Event Details

Sangha in Recovery 2011-2012 Third Trimester

Begins Sunday, May 27

With Ryotan Cynthia Kear and Tim Wicks

This final trimester will focus on contemporary American Buddhism.

The Sangha, along with the Buddha and the Dharma, is one of the Three Refuges of Buddhism. It is the community of men and women who practice together. In recovery, we share our “experience, strength and hope” with one another. Encouraging each other in sangha helps us to realize our intention to live an awakened life.

The San Francisco Zen Center is offering, in three trimesters, a yearlong experience of Sangha for people in recovery. Many in our community have found Buddhist practice and our work in recovery equally affirming. Those who join this group will commit to the practice of meditation three times a week (either at home or in a formal setting) , attending a class on basic Buddhist concepts, meeting together and individually with the organizing teachers. Other opportunities will be offered throughout the year as electives.

This program is open to all men and women in recovery from substance abuse or behavioral disorder. We ask that you be already involved in a recovery program and that you have a minimum of a year of continuous sobriety. Sangha in Recovery is not meant to replace, but to augment, our efforts elsewhere.

The year will be divided into three trimesters and the events scheduled to accommodate working men and women. The fees below cover the class, the group meetings, and meetings with teachers.

Third Trimester 2012

1st meeting:
Sunday, May 27
1:30 - 5 pm
Class Meetings in Buddha Hall
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9 pm
June 5, 19 & 26, July 10,17 & 24, August 7, 14 & 21
A Day-Long Retreat for People in Recovery* - At City Center Sunday, July 8
10 am - 5 pm
Final celebration Saturday, August 25

  *Elective Event: To register for this event, click on the title to go to the web page.

We also suggest the Monday night Meditation in Recovery group from 7:30-9pm for those who can attend, as well as the Friday night Meditation in Recovery group at Hartford Street Zen Center in the Castro, 7:30-9 pm.

Tuition per trimester: $225; $200 current SFZC members; $185 limited income. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Payment due in full upon program acceptance. NOTE: Elective events* are included in the fees for the third trimester.


The Sangha in Recovery third trimester is only open to those practitioners who are participating in the year-long program.

Related Bio(s):

Ryotan Cynthia Kear
Ryotan Cynthia Kear (Horyu Ryotan-Dharma Stream Completely Overflowing) has been practicing Soto Zen Buddhism for over twenty years. She received Jukai (lay ordination) from Zen Center Abbot Paul Haller in 2004. In 2008 she was given Shuke Tokudo (priest ordination) by Darlene Cohen, her heart teacher, from who she also received Dharma Transmission in December 2010. 

Tim Wicks
Born in Utah and raised in London, Tim Wicks studied fine art at San Francisco State University and received his MFA with distinction from California College of Arts and Crafts. He studied for four years with Spirit Rock teacher Eugene Cash. Impressed with Mahayana Buddhism and the bodhisattva ideal he studied with Michael Wenger, received lay ordination (jukai) in 2006, and is now preparing for priest ordination. He has worked with Buddhists in recovery at San Francisco Zen Center for over ten years and has led the Friday night recovery meeting at Hartford Street Zen Center for two years. 


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)

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When & Where

Fort Mason, Building A
San Francisco, 94123

Friday, June 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM (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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