Online Winter 2016 Practice Period with Ryushin Haller

Awakening and Engaging the World: Traditional Zen in Contemporary Life

(View description for Winter 2016 Practice Period at City Center)

Led by Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller
January 20 – March 26, 2016

Location: Online, San Francisco Zen Centre

Students in this program may participate entirely from home through our online practice period offerings, or may attend one or more practice events in person. Online practice participants may attend practice period events at the member rate.

The following offerings will be available to online participants through a forum set up for practice period participants:

·         Live-streamed dharma talks on Wednesdays, Saturdays and during sesshin.

·         Access to the video of the practice period class, Awakening and Engaging the World: Traditional Zen in Contemporary Life.

·         Downloads of handouts, readings and exercises for this class.

·         The opportunity to interact in small groups.

·         Interactive meetings with Ryushin Paul Haller, the shuso and other participants via conference calls.

·         One-on-one practice discussions with a senior student.

·         Blog posts from the shuso (head student).

·         Opportunity to have an online practice relationship with other students practicing offsite.

Access to the practice period website will be provided in the weeks prior to the practice period, after payment of the online participation fee (see below). See the online participation practice period application below for recommendations on how to participate from home.

Online Participation Fee: $149; $134 current members; $119 limited income. Some partial scholarships available.

Online Participation Practice Period Application Process:

1. Download the online participation practice period application [Word]/[PDF].

2. Email your completed application to

3. Pay your online participation fee here

Applications for online participation will be accepted through Monday, January 11. Please sign up early, in order to best support the program.

Inquiries, comments and feedback may be directed to

About Registration, Scholarships, and Cancellations

Introduction to Zazen Course

Last Updated: 2015-03-13

This four week online course will take place at BMZC over the next four Monday evenings @ 7pm beginning on Monday 16th March 2015. The four classes will be led by our Guiding Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi via online video link.

Whether joining us for the first time, whether you’ve already had some initial face to face instruction at BMZC, or whether you have been sitting for years and just want to refresh your practice this is a great opportunity to touch base with Roshi over the next month in advance of his upcoming visit in April/May 2015.

The classes addressing the fundamentals of zen meditation practice will provide guidance and support for establishing a regular practice and will offer participants guidance in responding to the challenges that can arise for them in their meditation.

Written materials and web links to relevant talks on meditation will be provided.

During the course the elements of zazen:- attention to body, breath, mind, emotions and thoughts will be described in detail with instruction on how to integrate such awareness into daily life.

Sign up at BMZC on Monday 16th. Please arrive by 6.45pm at latest. A commitment to attend all four classes is requested. We suggest a donation of £5 per class for waged participants if able and free to unwaged participants.