Rinzai Zen in San Francisco


I’ve been attending this zendo ever since moving to SF in 2003. We need some new blood. If the idea of sitting in silence—without moving—for 45 minutes at a time is something you might be into, please come check us out.

On weekdays we sit one period at 6:30 AM. On Saturdays we sit two periods, starting at 7:00 AM, followed by sanzen (koan interview), okyo (chanting), hitsuzendo (calligraphy with a large brush), and then coffee in the kitchen.

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6 Responses to Rinzai Zen in San Francisco

  1. john margolf says:

    I’m visiting sf for 3 weeks

    may I come in to do zazen?

    will you meet during holiday period Mon thru Fri 630am and Sat 7am?

    I am beginner



  2. lion says:

    I’m probably responding too late, but maybe I’ll see you there tomorrow morning?

  3. Joss says:

    Does this place still exist? The phone number didn’t work.

  4. lion says:

    No, unfortunately it does not exist any longer. I think some of the members still sit together in Glen Park. There is also a small group in Berkeley. If you’re interested in either I can reach out to them for you.

  5. I practice in rinzai zen tradition in New Jersey and visit Oakland two or three times a year. looking for a place to practice when I’m here.

  6. lion says:

    Hi Sandy, sorry for the late reply. I asked around and got the following information:

    2 0 1 3 S P R I N G T R A I N I N G S C H E D U L E
    Weekly Zazen
    Tuesday Nights 7:00
    Ellen Webb Studio 2822 Union Street
    Contact Amanda Wake at amanda.m.wake gmail.com

    Saturday Mornings 8:00a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
    EastSide Cultural Center 2277 International Boulevard
    Contact Ada Chan at growlingrabbit gmail.com.

    Monthly Training
    Zazenkai *
    Second Sundays of Each Month 6:30a.m. – 11:30a.m
    Fourth Saturdays of Each Month 6:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    EastSide Cultural Center 2277 International Boulevard
    Contact Ada Chan at growlingrabbit gmail.com for additional information.

    3rd Saturday mornings (except Feb and April) 7:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m
    Center for Transformative Change, 2584 Marin Luther King Jr, Way, Berkeley
    Contact Mona Miyasato at mhmiyasato yahoo.com or (310)692-0183.

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