the Organization

San Francisco Zen Center

This is the description of the San Francisco zen center organization. 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.

Tradition & Path
Soto Zen

the Practice

the Path

The path of this Organization is Soto Zen. Learn more about Soto Zen by clicking on the field to the right.

Soto Zen

Soto Zen is one of the three main schools of Zen.

the Philosophy

the Lineage and History


On this map you'll find Places that are affiliated with the San Francisco Zen Center.