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San Francisco Zen Center

Hayes Valley
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Address: 300 Page St, San Francisco, CA 94102-5649
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+1 415-863-3136
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Sat 08:00 - 13:00

Beginner's Mind Temple (Hosshin-ji), also known as City Center, was...

Beginner's Mind Temple (Hosshin-ji), also known as City Center, was established in 1969 by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi as a training center in the Soto Zen tradition open to the general public. Offerings include daily meditation and service, semi-weekly dharma talks, classes, workshops, residential student programs, and the opportunity to discuss one's spiritual practice with an experienced Zen practice leader. If you are new to Zen Center, we suggest you visit us on Saturday morning at 8:40 am for an introduction to Zen Center and meditation practice followed by a public lecture, tea and lunch.

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What a wonderful way to stay in the middle of SF. I had a great room on the third floor with views of the city. Every morning I chose to take part in house meditation and services... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 November 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

What a wonderful way to stay in the middle of SF. I had a great room on the third floor with views of the city. Every morning I chose to take part in house meditation and services before breakfast, what beautiful way to start your day. The food was good and everyone very nice.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

I found htis place in Dec. of 2013. I went on a Guest student saty to discover more about the Zen tradition and meditation. my week here took me down a path of growth, love and friendships. I cannot tell you how at home the residents made me feel. Not kidding I still dream of packing it all up and... More 

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The Bay Area
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

This is an amazing place located in a historical building designed by Julia Morgan for single Jewish women fleeing persecution in Europe. Its central location is an enclosed garden with a fountain, statues and lovingly tended plants. Now the preeminent zen center in the Western hemisphere, it is a place for serious meditators on solitary and group retreats. On Saturdays,... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2012

My wife and I attended a nightly Zazen meditation and dinner. The people were more than welcoming. The meditation experience was very useful. I highly recommend it to all interested visitors. for more info http://www.sfzc.org/

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Mill Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2011

If you want to experience the soul of Marin County, come to Green Gulch Farm. It is a farm and garden center that includes facilities for retreat and meditation on site, so the contemplative air infuses everything. The gardens are open to the public every day, and there is a public footpath that leads straight to the beach. You can... More 

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