Zen practice and the San Francisco Zen Center community have affected the world in both profound and practical ways. For many, it has shaped who they are today, how they view their lives and how they walk in the world.

The “Zen Center” — Tassajara, City Center, and Green Gulch Farm — is the coming together of a great many diverse but like-minded individuals who share Zen Buddhist values and an intention to live their lives for the benefit of all beings, engaging each day in the simple, yet deep practices that express and embody this intention.

The Zen Center community has been doing this for 50 years now, and in the process we have co-created a strong foundation of mature Zen teachers and teachings, practice centers, community relationships and resources with a unique capacity to offer the Buddha’s path of wisdom and compassion as a response to an uncertain, complex, and rapidly changing world.

With the participation and support of many we continue to offer our traditional Soto Zen residential training programs to thousands of people each year, while at the same time finding new and vital ways to extend Zen practice to the wider community, giving an expanding number of people access to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, founder of Zen Center, at Tassajara in the 1960’s

In our own quiet, yet powerful way, the San Francisco Zen Center community of today is making it possible for future generations to experience the benefits of Zen practice: the open, flexible, awakened “Zen mind,” ready to meet any situation and help others with kindness and clarity.

For this reason, we believe that our mission, “to express, make accessible and embody the wisdom and compassion of the Buddha,” is profoundly important for the world’s future.

We thank you for being a part of our past, our present, and our future. In our gatherings and events of the coming year we look forward reconnecting and sharing with you the promise and possibility that Zen practice holds for each of us and for future generations.

Photo: Driving in Chew's Ridge