Tassajara Practice Period Application

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San Francisco Zen Center

TASSAJARA ZEN MOUNTAIN CENTER
Practice Period Application
Fall 2021 (September 13 – December 12, 2021)
Led by San Francisco Zen Center Senior Dharma Teacher
Ryushin Paul Haller

PART I: Please provide the following information
Prerequisites for a Practice Period at Tassajara:
  • Completion of at least one two-month residential practice period at San Francisco Zen Center's City Center or Green Gulch Farm.
  • Commitment to attend the full three months of the practice period.
  • Complete application fee of $30, if not currently a resident.
  • Practice period credit or full tuition paid before the 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 (have not completed a practice period at Tassajara)
RETURNING STUDENT (have completed a practice period at Tassajara, but is not currently a resident)
CONTINUING STUDENT (have completed a Tassajara practice period and is currently a Tassajara resident)








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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 in 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 here.
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.

PART V: 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 gorge area, with steep rock walls that overlook the Zen Mountain Center.  At all times, both in the immediate area of Tassajara and in the surrounding area, there is a high risk from land falls, falling rocks and boulders and, after rainfall, there is a potential of flooding and injury associated with flooding.  In addition, because only one road provides access to and from Tassajara, at any time this road could be blocked, thereby limiting evacuation, access to healthcare and other regular and emergency services. 

3. Risks from Fires and Rock Falls 
Over at least the last thirteen years, fires have occurred in Monterey County. The “Basin-Indians Fire” in 2008 and the Soberanes fire in 2016, burned many thousands of acres in Monterey County including the upper Carmel River, Arroyo Seco, San Antonio, Rat Creek, Big Sur and Little Sur watersheds and other parts of the Los Padres National Forest in which Tassajara is located. The most recent fires in the general vicinity of Tassajara were the  “Carmel Fire” and the “Dolan Fire” in 2020. Risks from future fires remain.

The site of Tassajara is located at the bottom of an active inner gorge area, with steep (nearly vertical) highly fractured rock walls, rock fall, dry ravel and deposits from previous debris flows exist. 

The County road giving access to Tassajara may be impacted by fires, debris flows, flooding, and hill failures and may be impassable after fire outbreaks and heavy rain.  As such, access to Tassajara may be cut off, making evacuation difficult.

Reports of the Carmel Fire and the Dolan Fire from 2020 can be found here:
https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/administrative-office/office-of-emergency-services/response/2020-fires

4. Risk of exposure to or infection by COVID-19
COVID-19 is highly contagious and is known to be spread mainly via respiratory droplets from one person to another. While in transit to/from Tassajara, and while visiting or staying at Tassajara, I agree to abide by the procedures established by SFZC to protect visitors and residents, including wearing a mask & social distancing. I agree that I voluntarily assume the risk that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 in transit to/from Tassajara and while at Tassajara and I waive any liability against SFZC and any other parties. 
5. Assumption of Risk
I have read the above and I am aware that because of factors identified in this waiver and the incidence of fires, and COVID-19, there is currently a higher than normal risk to physical safety and life by visiting Tassajara and/or residing in Tassajara during the current period.  I am further aware that, at all times, both in the immediate area of Tassajara and in the surrounding area, there is a high risk from fire, land falls, falling rocks and boulders and, after rainfall, I am aware that there is a potential of flooding and injury associated with flooding.  I am aware that there is a risk of being exposed to or infected by COVID-19 while in transit to/from Tassajara and while at Tassajara.  I acknowledge that there is only one access road out of Tassajara and, as outlined above, this road could be blocked thereby limiting evacuation, access to healthcare and other emergency services.
6. Waiver of Liability
As consideration for being permitted by the San Francisco Zen Center to visit and use related facilities at Tassajara, I hereby agree that I, my assignees, heirs, distributees, guardians and legal representatives will not make a claim against, sue, or attach the property of San Francisco Zen Center, its employees, agents, or directors, on account of physical or mental injury, accidents, illness (including death), economic loss, or damage to personal property resulting from the negligence or other acts, howsoever caused, by any employee, agent, or contractor of the San Francisco Zen Center as a result of my presence in Tassajara and participation in the practice session at Tassajara and arising out of the risks described in this release.  I hereby release the San Francisco Zen Center from all actions, claims, or demands that I, my assignees, heirs, distributees, guardians and legal representatives now have or may hereafter have for physical or mental injury, accidents, illness (including death), economic loss, or damage to personal property resulting from my participation in the Practice Session at Tassajara and related activities and arising out of the risks described in this Release.

I further understand that this Release covers the period of my visit to Tassajara, including my residency at Tassajara and my travel to and from Tassajara related thereto.

7. Knowing and Voluntary Execution
I HAVE CAREFULLY READ THIS RELEASE, AND I AM SIGNING IT FREELY.  I FULLY UNDERSTAND THE CONTENTS OF THIS DOCUMENT AND THE LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OF SIGNING IT, INCLUDING (A) RELEASING THE SAN FRANCISCO ZEN CENTER FROM ALL LIABILITY, (B) WAIVER OF MY RIGHT TO SUE THE SAN FRANCISCO ZEN CENTER, AND (C) ASSUMPTION OF ALL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH MY PRESENCE AT TASSAJARA, INCLUDING TRAVEL TO AND FROM TASSAJARA. 

PART VI: 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 an option to earn a credit retroactively for this 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 payment options.




PART VII: Application Fee (for nonresidents) & Submission

Application fee of $30 may be paid here. Visa/MC only. Charge may appear as "Fonteva" on your card.





If you have any questions please contact the application administrator at zmcapplications@sfzc.org