San Francisco Zen Center offers diversity and relaxation to San Francisco, California residents and visitors. The center allows visitors to practice Zen with a variety of races, nationalities, classes, genders, ages, and physical abilities. The idea of the Zen center is to allow visitors to realize their true nature and full potential.
Zen Center was started by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi in 1962. Roshi was known for his written work Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. From his teachings and writings visitors were able to learn how to relax and meditate for full body awareness and health. The mission of the Zen Center has changed little over the years as they still offer wisdom and compassion based on Buddha teachings. Today the center is considered one of the largest outside of Asia. Among the center offerings is Green Gulch Farm with organic fields and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.
Teachings are offered through numerous methods such as books, audio talks, instruction, and seminars. They also provide daily sutras, verses, texts, and other services. Visitors can learn exercises to perform at home or at the Zen center. The exercises are meant to help individuals maintain their body's balance.