Upcoming Events

Thriving through Resilience

Topic:  Personal and professional development – inner strength – mindfulness – tools – skills
Event Date:  June 7, 2021
Start Time: 11:00 am
End Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Virtual

Additional Information:

Flexibility and buoyancy are key in the dictionary definition of resilience: the ability to return to original form after being bent or stretched; to recover readily from adversity. Most of us can benefit from cultivating resilience as we continue to navigate an extraordinarily challenging period of time.

Please join this interactive workshop to develop your flexible, buoyant resilience. We will explore your natural resilience strengths, along with the practical skills and tools that builds on those qualities. We will engage positive habits and practices you are drawn to – which easily blend into your life. They range from body, mind and emotional nourishment that speak to you, to every day mindfulness. We will also look at what sabotages your resilience, from self-criticism to not doing what you think you should to take care of yourself. You’ll leave this workshop with a resilience checklist that reflects your life, your needs, and builds on your strengths.

By participating in this workshop you can expect to:
● Create your personal resilience toolbox.
● Identify your resilience strengths.
● Build your mindfulness muscle as a resilience foundation.
● Name and begin to neutralize your resilience saboteur.
● Develop practical intentions for integrating resilience into your life.

Compassion Begins at Home

Topic:  Tenderness – Kindness – Calm – Centeredness
Event Date:  June 7, 2021
Start Time: 5:30 pm
End Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Virtual

Additional Information:

Please join me for this Zoom talk at the San Francisco LGBT Sangha to explore Compassion, especially for those of us who are self-critical largely because of what we experienced from those around us as queer people when we were young and especially vulnerable. Find refuge and freedom in Compassion for self and others. Please sign up for the newsletter to receive the password for the Zoom link.

Transforming Depression and Anxiety: A Path of Skillful Compassion

Topic:  Calm – mindfulness – meditation – tools – stress reduction - stress reduction
Event Dates:  July 12, 2021 - August 4, 2021
Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Virtual

Additional Information:

So many of us are feeling such anxiety and depression with so many stresses that seem relentless. For those of us who tend toward these states of heart and mind, the times are even more difficult. This 4-week online class brings together meditation, mindfulness and contemporary psychological practices in a gentle, safe space to provide support and practical tools to transform your experience of these difficult emotions and states of mind. Please join us on Monday evenings, with an optional weekly practice group on Fridays to discuss and share experience with tools and practices. Dates are:
• Class: Mondays, 7-12; 7-19; 7-27; 9-2 – 6 PM-8 PM PDT
• Practice session: Wednesday, 7-14; 7-21; 7-29; 8-4 6 PM-7 PM PDT

Please click here or on the RSVP link below for more information and to register.

Teaching team: Lisa Hoffman, trained in the Soto Zen tradition at San Francisco Zen Center; Paul Irving, Buddhist teacher trained in the Vipassana tradition at Spirit Rock; David Zimmerman, Abbott, San Francisco Zen Center will fill in for Paul at the December 14 class.

Transforming Depression and Anxiety Practice Group

Topic:  Calm – mindfulness – meditation – tools – stress reduction - stress reduction
Event Dates:  September 13, 2021 - November 22, 2021
Start Time: 5:00 pm
End Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Virtual

Additional Information:

Three-month session: second and fourth Mondays (except October)
5 PM-6:30 PM, beginning September 13

Kindness, mindfulness, and therapeutic tools are engaged to shift our relationship with depression, anxiety, and their companions – judgement and self-criticism – in SFZC’s Transforming Depression and Anxiety (TDA), and Finding Ease with Anxiety classes.

This 3-month virtual practice community supports participants of these courses in practicing compassion and using session tools to disrupt reactive mental patterns that threaten to steal our peace of mind-heart and the moment. We will also engage noticing and questioning the old stories we have long believed about ourselves that can literally poison our perceptions of self, others, and reality. Our purpose is to live more fully in the present moment, less affected by reactivity, rumination and worry — one of the most powerful antidotes to lowered and agitated moods. If you have taken TDA or Finding Ease, please try this Practice Group. If you haven’t, the next online course begins in July. Please click here for more information and to register.