Ango Practice Period

June 9 – July 10

A practice period (ango in Japanese) is a time of intense training where we can deepen our practice and understanding of the dharma. It is a way to stretch our formal practice with the support of the greater sangha and more rigorous schedule options. One possibility is to add a practice of your own such as a generosity practice or a patience practice. Another way is to commit to more formal practices for the month.

This custom has an ancient history, tracing back to Buddha’s time when monks would gather to practice during the rainy season. This Practice Period is hosted by the Bozeman Zen Group as an offering for all practitioners in the Dharma Center community to deepen their commitment to and practice of the Dharma.

Formal Practice Opportunities


Weekday Mornings: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays | 6:30 – 7:30 am (meditation, walking, chanting)

Weekends: Sundays | 8:00 am – 10:00 am (meditation, chanting, Dharma talk or activity introducing the week’s theme)

Weeknights: Mondays | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm and Wednesdays | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (meditation, chanting, Dharma talk)

Drop-In Sits: Weekdays: 12:00 – 1:00 pm


This practice period is book-ended by two premiere retreats!

Sacred Expressions of the Heart

Friday-Sunday, June 9-11, led by Tempel Smith
This study and practice weekend workshop will explore the four Brahma Viharas: Kindness, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy, and Equanimity. Sponsored by the Insight Meditation Community. Friday evening is also open to the general public. To register and for more details, click here.

Zen and Yogacara

Friday- Sunday July 7-9th led by Norman and Kathie Fischer
This weekend retreat will focus on teachings from Vasubandhu’s famous “thirty verses” and koans from the Book of Serenity. We will ask how to to bring these profound teachings to practical, everyday matters: How do we see our lives, how do we live them? Friday evening is also open to the general public. More information can be found here.

Pen to Paper Workshops

June 17
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Written Word: a workshop on Sutra copying
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm The Incomplete Circle: a workshop on Enso Drawing

Weekly Themes of the
Practice Period

Week One: Beginning the Practice Period
Week Two: Touching the Earth
Week Three: Temple Arts
Week Four: Host & Guest

Marcia Lieberman

Visiting teacher, Marcia Lieberman, leads us in this month-long practice period.  Marcia is a long-term Buddhist practitioner who has been at San Francisco Zen Center since 1989. She has been a resident at all three SFZC practice centers. During this time she received training in the temple arts regarding service and practice. She is a devoted student of way of tea. As head gardener at City Center, she enjoyed gathering and arranging flowers for the altars.

Prior to residing at Zen Center, Marcia taught at UC Berkeley and at California College of the Arts. Courses she taught include: theory on space and time, aesthetics of dwelling, and photographing people. As an artist, her affinity for the beauty and form of Zen ceremony has been a guiding part of her practice. In recent years she has increased her focus and study of the basic Zen temple arts and their place in every day zen practice.