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.
Venue HighlightsZen Center Bookstore
The bookstore offers a wide range of Buddhist books, zafus, incense, and accessories. Most items can be ordered by mail. It has its own entrance at 300 Page Street, just to the left of the main doors to Zen Center, and is accessible by ramp.
We welcome you to hold your next meeting or class in the peaceful setting of our classic Victorian home, located next door to Zen Center at 308 Page Street. The Parlor Room, 40' x 13' with high ceilings, wood floors, and area rugs, accommodates up to 35 people. The less formal Sun Room, 21' x 17', is just right for more intimate gatherings and workshops. Vegetarian meals can be arranged.
The library is currently run on a volunteer basis, and has variable hours. Please contact the main office at 415.863.3136 to check availability.
Menu/CuisineRates are per night and include breakfast with the resident community.
Delicious vegetarian meals are available for lunch and dinner by donation; lunch is offered Monday – Saturday and dinner Monday – Friday.
AccommodationsSan Francisco Zen Center, located at Page and Laguna streets, offers seven charming guest rooms for short-term stays. This is a convenient and economical way to stay in the city while experiencing life in a Zen Buddhist temple and enjoying the serene elegance of a building designed by Julia Morgan.
Small Room, Shared Bath
Room 25 is a bright southern-facing room with a plush Keetsa double bed.
Room 30 is a bright corner room with views of the city and a double bed. One window faces Laguna Street and the other faces the courtyard.
Room 32 is a quiet room that overlooks the courtyard, with a double bed.
Weekdays (Mon – Thur): Single $125. Double $150.
Weekends (Fri – Sun): Single $135. Double $160.
Large Room, Shared Bath
Room 31 is a large, quiet, courtyard-facing room, with a queen-sized bed, a queen futon couch/bed, and a desk. It can comfortably accommodate two couples.
Room 33 is a large, quiet room facing the courtyard, with a queen-size bed. There is room for one extra person with an added single bed or shikibuton.
Room 35 is a large, quiet room with a queen-sized bed. There is room for one extra person with an added single bed or shikibuton.
Weekdays (Mon – Thur): Single $145. Double $170.
Weekends (Fri – Sun): Single $160. Double $185.
Large Room, Private Bath
Room 1, accessible to the disabled, has a queen-sized bed, a writing desk, and a private bathroom with tub and shower.
Weekdays (Mon – Thur): Single $165. Double $190.
Weekends (Fri – Sun): Single $180. Double $205.
DirectionsCity Center is located at 300 Page Street (at Laguna), near the end of the Central Freeway in the Hayes Valley/Lower Haight neighborhood, which borders the Civic Center area. Limited on-street parking is available in the neighborhood; a public parking lot is also available on Franklin Street near Oak. Carpooling is encouraged.
Muni buses #6 and #7 run often and stop at either Haight and Laguna (one block away) or Haight and Buchanan (two blocks away). F line trolleys running down Market Street are a 5-10 minute walk from City Center. You can also take the 21 Hayes (get off at Laguna and Hayes), the 22 Fillmore (get off at Oak and Fillmore), or many of the rail lines (get off at Van Ness Station, or at Duboce and Church St.) and walk to our building.