San Francisco Zen Center, San Francisco

#43 of 49 in Historic Sites in San Francisco
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC), is a network of affiliated Sōtō Zen practice and retreat centers in the San Francisco Bay area, comprising City Center or Beginner's Mind Temple, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. The sangha was incorporated by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and a group of his American students in 1962. Today SFZC is the largest Sōtō organization in the West.

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  • look on the internet before your visit to understand the history of what you will see, the Zen center history has largely influenced the founding of Esalen and many cultural figures, beginners are...  more »
  • For as little as $25 per night one can stay in an oasis of tranquility and contentment, with meals included, in a central location, surrounded by people who are committed to leading an ethical and...  more »
  • A true island of calm reassurance. For the seeker in all of us there is a place on the edge of Hayes Valley on the corner of page and Steiner. A couple of buildings who’s silence beckons the need to be be-long, the need to be-quiet, the need to be. The Zen Buddhists have a sanctuary that has opened its arms for decades. For the beginner there are classes, for the struggling there are meditation in recovery meetings for the advanced there just is. There just is. From the concepts of mindfulness to the real benefits of living a life from a loving and kind perspective there is hope of understanding. For the students there are noble truths just four of them that lay the path. For the student still the path is lit by 8 ways to live life. The 8 fold path lightens your heart. For the zen purists there is the sound of the tree falling alone. The quietude of nothing fills the heart of everyone who walks into this very special place, into a very beautiful zendo to hear the gong and the silence continue forever and ever and ever smiling a little smile only just perceived at the corners of the would be Buddha’s mouth. Welcome now for you are home at last. Have a cookie and a sit and leave a dollar if you can for The riches you seek are found in here not out there.
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