Awake-in-Life: Zen & Crafting a Life Fully Lived 2019



Awake-in-Life Program participants meet

  • In-person once a month for Saturday Precepts Meetings and

  • Remotely once a month for Tuesday Web Meetings.

Saturday Meetings: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The In-Person Precepts Meetings are at this location on Saturday mornings:

The Hobart Building
582 Market Street (at Montgomery), Suite #1403
San Francisco, CA  94104

  • If you’re participation is fully online then just join us by the same Zoom ID as below.

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ; SECOND Saturdays except marked by *
January 5 *
February 9
March 9
April 13
May 11   
June 8
July 13
August 10

Tuesday Web Meetings

Tuesday Web Meetings are conducted remotely via Zoom (see remote attendance section below for more info). Participants meet for an hour.

6 - 7 pm ---- Everyone in one group. Please join on-time.        

January 22
February 26
March 26
April 23
May 28
June 25
July 23

Remote Participation

We use Zoom for remote participation.

If you’re new to Zoom or to our sitting group, visit this link. This will download Zoom client onto your computer and automatically launch the meeting. Zoom is available for Windows and Mac computers as well as Android and iPhone devices.

If you already have Zoom client you can use this Meeting ID to connect: 272-155-964. If you wish to connect with your phone, you can call in to +1-408-638-0968.

To preserve people’s privacy these sitting group meetings are not recorded. If you have any problems using Zoom, please email Anton <>.



  1. Live with the 16 Bodhisattva Values as transmitted in the lineage from Shakyamuni Buddha thru to Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Zenkei Blanche Hartman, and Keiryu Liên Shutt.

  2. Allow for these Precepts to permeate your life by committing to “walking thru the mist” of practicing with them in an intentional, dedicated and compassionate way; all your life though especially during this study-period.


The teachings say we are awake already and how can we know this? By entrusting. By engagement. By enactment. Buddha is entrusting yourself to the teachings. Dharma is engaging with the teachings. Sangha is enactment through interactions with others with awareness. The temple or monastic environments are containers for putting these teachings into practice. Since we do not live in such containers, the process begins with being able to commit to creating such a container in your home and current life-situation. The Awake Program is asking you to do this by:

  • Buddha = Entrusting in your Buddha Nature (your wholeness) by making time and space to be aware of it. The Awake Program is set up for you to do this by asking for you to commit to:

    • A Practice Schedule

      • Engaged-Studies Track:

      1. Commit to 3+/week zazen/meditation schedule of 20-30 minutes

      2. Attend A2Z Meditation Group 2+/month (1 in-person at minimum)

      3. Attend three 1-day silent meditation practice retreats

      4. Two class series are highly encouraged -- Meditation Training (MT) & MT 2.0

      • Jukai Track:

      1. Commitment to Rev. Liên as your Dharma teacher and a willingness to train with her for 2+ years

      2. Previous practice contacts with Rev. Liên for at least one year prior to joining this Program

      3. Commit to 3+/week zazen/mediation schedule of 30+ minutes

      4. Attend A2Z Meditation Group 3+/month (2 in-person at minimum)

      5. Attend three 1-day silent meditation practice retreats

      6. Attend at least one 3-day or longer silent retreat/sesshin

      7. Mandatory: Previous (or concurrent) attendance of Meditation Training (MT) & MT 2.0 with Rev. Liên

      8. Other classes or workshop TBD with Rev. Liên

      9. Commitment to following this practice schedule for 2+ years after the Awake Program

    • Monthly Practice Discussions with Rev. Liên

  • Dharma = Engaging in the Dharma thru study, reflections and practices to access your faith and confidence in your values & of your wholeness. The Awake Program is set up for you to do this by asking for you to commit to:

    • Dharma Talks, Readings , Reflections on the Precepts, including:

      • On-line Suzuki Roshi, Rev. Liên, or other teachers' talks

      • Reading and studying these books:

        • Robert Aitken: The Mind of Clover

        • Reb Anderson: Being Upright

        • Cheri Huber (ed. Sara Jenkins): Good Life: A Zen Precepts Retreat

        • Norman Fischer: Taking Our Places

      • A2Z Precept Packet Articles

      • Monthly intentional, mindful practices

      • Sewing (Jukai Track only)

  • Sangha = Enacting these teachings thru group interactions; non-isolation. The Awake Program is set up for you to do this by asking for you to commit to:

    • Sangha / Community Practice:

      • Sangha practice with A2Z (AccessToZen) Meditation Group

      • The monthly intentional, mindful practice may involve interactions with your own or other communities

    • Sliding-Scale Fee: Monthly; with A2Z sangha-determined income-match guide

      • $270 (“Pay it Forward”; more than $75K)

      • $220 (“Standard”; between $35 -$75K)

      • $ 175/ month (“Limited Income”; less than $35K)

      • No one ever turned away for lack of funds due to economic hardship. Please discuss w/ Rev. Liên

      • Cash or check. PayPal payments sent to:

      • RETURN POLICY if you are not continuing w/ Awake:

        • Monthly: 60% refund when notified in writing/email no later than the 7th of that month. None after.

    • Sits/Retreats likely will have a FEE; may be free (Depending where you go for the retreat): Per the ones you and Rev. Liên have agreed; Zen, Insight, or Vajarana.

      1. Jukai track:

        • Sewing: SFZC Sewing Rooms (donation or fee depending on site)

        • Jukai 1-Day, Ceremony & Reception: TBD: (estimated $100 – $200/person; depending on venue)

A piece from my teacher Zenkei Blanche Hartman to get you started: Living a Life of Vow