The Satipatthana Sutta, which describes the four foundational practices of mindfulness, is one of the primary teachings of early Buddhism, known as the First Turning of the Dharma Wheel. It outlines a progressive methodology for the cultivation of awareness.

This pre-recorded class was offered in June 2021 by Senior Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller and can now be viewed at any time. The course examines each of the categories of practice in the Satipatthana and compares them to the perspectives and practices within the Zen tradition.

IN meditation...

your expression of being alive...
your best expression of being alive...

has deep relevance in your being.

It has something to teach you

about what you are, how you are, and how you're living life.


is teaching us that kind of deliberateness.
A basis for diligence and persistence.
A steady sustaining of engagement.

Ryushin Paul Haller

Your Instructor

Urban Temple Dharma Teacher Ryushin Paul Haller has lived and practiced at San Francisco Zen Center since the 1970s and held many positions at Tassajara and City Center. He received Dharma Transmission from Sojun Mel Weitsman and has been teaching for over 30 years. He served as Abiding Abbot at City Center from 2003 to 2012, and is currently the Urban Temple Dharma Teacher at City Center. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, he teaches throughout the US and Europe and has led mindfulness programs to assist with depression and recovery. Paul has also taught in prisons and has a long involvement with the Zen Hospice Project. He has been practicing yoga for 30 years.Paul teaches at the Black Mountain Zen Centre in Belfast.

Founder and former Director of Outreach at SFZC, Paul is interested in finding ways of expressing our practice in society: as compassionate service and making it available to as many people as possible.