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TASSAJARA ZEN MOUNTAIN CENTER
Practice Period Application
Fall 2018 (September 25 - December 20, 2018)
Led by Abiding Abbess, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center
Furyu Nancy Schroeder


PART I: Please provide the following information
Prerequisites for Fall 2018 Practice Period at Tassajara:
  • Completion of at least one [2] month residential practice period at San Francisco Zen Center's City Center or Green Gulch Farm
  • Commitment to attend full 3 months of  the practice period
  • Complete application fee of $30
  • Practice period credit or full tuition paid before start of practice period
NOTE: All fields on this form must be completed or you cannot submit your application. 

NOTE: You must select whether you are a New Student, Returning Student or Student Currently in Residence at Tassajara for your application to be processed.

NEW STUDENT [0 Tassajara practice periods completed]
RETURNING STUDENT [1 or more completed Tassajara Practice Periods, not currently a resident]
CONTINUING STUDENT [Currently in Residence at Tassajara]


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PART II: Personal Statement


























PART III: Practice period requirements

Yes, I understand that I am agreeing to the following:
  1. Following the schedule of daily meditation
  2. Participate in daily services of bowing and chanting
  3. Attending several hours of classes and lectures each week
  4. Participating if formal meals and ceremonies
  5. Working several hours each day
  6. Refraining from possession and use of recreational drugs and alcohol
  7. Refraining from initiating any new sexual relationship(s)
  8. Remaining at ZMC throughout the entire practice period except for medical emergencies
Additionally, please print and read the Practice Period Guidelines.

PART IV: Weather Considerations
Based on our experience in the past we expect the seasonal rains will bring additional challenges to the monastery. These challenges include potential flooding as well as debris flows, slides and erosion risks along the Tassajara road and throughout the valley. Due to these potential hazards, Tassajara practice period participants are required to sign a Waiver of Liability. A copy of the Waiver as written below can be found for your records on the Practice Period website: practice period web page.

The Tassajara road may be impassable at times throughout the late fall due to water run-off, fallen trees, and landslides. We strongly recommend practice period participants bring extra supplies of any personal medicines or other necessities in case supplies cannot be transported over the road for a week or more at a time. All medical and dental procedures should be taken care of before arriving for the practice period. Finally, it is also possible the heating system for cabins and communal spaces may not be consistently available due to elevated creek levels, therefore we suggest you come prepared with suitable warm clothing, bedding, and hot water bottles.

WAIVER OF LIABILITY/ASSUMPTION OF RISK

Visitor's Waiver

1. Voluntary Participation
I, the undersigned, am voluntarily visiting the San Francisco Zen Center's Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Carmel Valley, California ("Tassajara").
2. Inherent Risks
Tassajara is located at the bottom of a deep gorge, with steep rock walls and a creek, Tassajara Creek, flowing through the floor of the gorge. At all times, both in Tassajara and in the surrounding areas, there is a high risk of falling rocks, boulders and other debris and, after rainfall, a potential for flooding. In addition, only one road (unpaved) provides access to and from Tassajara, and this road periodically becomes blocked, limiting evacuation, access to healthcare and other regular and emergency services. 
3. Increased Risks Due to Soberanes Fire
From July to October 2016, the Soberanes fire burned 132,127 acres in Monterey County. In light of the widespread damage caused by the fire, a Watershed Emergency Response Team was deployed to evaluate what additional risks resulted from the fire and affected burn area. Their report (the "WERT Report"), issued September 2016, concludes that:

The principle concern with the Soberanes Fire area is an increase in the potential for inchannel streamflow, hyperconcentrated flows, debris torrents, and debris flows derived from erosion. Also of concern is the long-term loss of mechanical support of hillslope materials that was provided by vegetation and vegetative litter.

While Tassajara Zen Mountain Center is not mentioned specifically in the report and is not considered to be in an area of high or even moderate burn severity, the road into Tassajara in places runs adjacent to a burn area, making the road more susceptible to flooding and erosion due to the above factors. In addition, as noted, Tassajara is located at the bottom of a step gorge, and Tassajara Creek, at the bottom of the gorge, receives runoff from numerous small creeks and streams within the extended watershed. During times of high rainfall, increased runoff and debris flow throughout the waterways due to loose fire debris, fire-induced soil water repellency and loss of surface cover is expected. 

A copy of the full WERT Report is available here:

4.  Assumption of Risk/Liability Waiver
I have read the above extract and summary from the WERT Report and I am aware that because of the factors it identified, there is currently a higher than normal risk to physical safety and life by visiting Tassajara and surrounding areas, as well as residing in Tassajara during the current Practice Session. In particular, I am aware that in addition to the normal risks from falling rocks and boulders, there is now a heightened risk of flooding and injury or death associated with flooding, as well as a heightened risk the only road in and out of Tassajara may become impassable for indefinite periods of time, cutting off evacuation, as well as access to healthcare and other emergency services.
BY MY SIGNATURE BELOW, I HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE TO THE FOLLOWING:
  • I AM VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THE ACTIVITIES AT TASSAJARA WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THE RISKS INVOLVED, AS ABOVE DESCRIBED, AND I HEREBY AGREE TO ACCEPT ANY AND ALL SUCH RISKS.
  • I, ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AS WELL AS MY ASSIGNESS, HEIRS, DISTRIBUTEES, GUARDIANS AND LEGAL REPRESENTATIVES, HEREBY RELEASE SAN FRANCISCO ZEN CENTER, ITS EMPLOYEES, AGENTS AND DIRECTORS FROM AND AGAINST ANY AND ALL LIABILITIES, ACTIONS, CLAIMS OR DEMANDS, AND I PROMISE NOT TO SUE OR ASSERT ANY SUCH ACTIONS, CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST, OR ATTACH THE PROPERTY OF, SAN FRANCISCO ZEN CENTER, ITS EMPLOYEES, AGENTS OR DIRECTORS, ON ACCOUNT OF PHYSICAL OR MENTAL INJURY, DEATH, ACCIDENT, ILLNESS, ECONOMIC LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PERSONAL PROPERTY RESULTING FROM MY PRESENCE AT TASSAJARA (INCLUDING TRAVEL TO AND FROM TASSAJARA) AND/OR MY PARTICIPATION IN THE PRACTICE SESSION AT TASSAJARA, DUE TO OR ARISING OUT OF THE RISK DESCRIBED ABOVE. 
  • I HAVE CAREFULLY READ THIS DOCUMENT, AND I AM SIGNING IT FREELY.
I understand that this document is written to be broad and inclusive. I agree that if any provision of this document is held invalid or unenforceable, I will continue to be bound by the remaining terms.

PART V: Payment
The fee for practice period is $3630, which covers room, board and tuition. Payment is full is required before arrival at Tassajara unless another arrangement is made in advance with the director. There is not option to earn a credit retroactively for the Fall 2018 Ango. 

* As the basic operating expenses for the practice period are in excess of $4500 per student, you are invited to donate more if you are able. 
Once your application is reviewed and approved you will receive an email directing you to an electronic payment option. 



PART VI: Application Fee & Submission
Application fee of $30.00 may be paid here (see payment section below)

If you have Questions please contact:
Kogen Dito Keith
ggfabbessassist@sfzc.org

Applications must be received by July 17th, 2018
 
NOTE: Current San Francisco Zen Center Residents [at Green Gulch Farm, City Center and Tassajara] DO NOT pay the application fee.

Currently a SFZC Resident?
If YES, then go to the SUBMIT button below and electronically sign your application.
If NO, then go to enter credit card info to pay the application fee.