The SFBC offers a relaxed and friendly place for people who want to participate in a Buddhist community - or want clear instruction about Buddhism and meditation and how they can apply it in their life. We are part of the Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly called "Friends of the Western Buddhist Order") and have been located at 37 Bartlett (@ Valencia/21st) in the Mission District since 1994.

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calendar highlights

practicing together

  • weekday morning meditations mon to fri, 7:30am to 8:15am, open to all. continues throughout the holidays (ongoing activities)
  • sangha night - wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, open to all, meditation at 7pm followed by dharma talk, discussion (sangha night)

    april 4 to 25: communicating freedom

residential retreats

  • weekend meditation retreat, with padmatara at jikoji in the santa cruz mountains: only kindness, may 4 to 6, 2018 (retreats)
  • summer meditation immersion retreat, with dhammarati, at dharmadhara in lake county: aug 4 to 11. (retreats)

classes and courses

  • mindfulness in everyday life: meditation and buddhism tue, may 15 to june 5. (classes and courses)
  • thursday drop-in introduction to buddhist meditation, thursday, 7pm to 8pm (classes and courses)

day retreats

  • communicating freedom, a morning of meditation followed by mindful communication, sat, april 21, 10am to 4pm (day retreats)

online meditation classes

affinity groups

  • young sangha occasional gatherings for people in their 20's and 30's. (affinity groups)
Come on in!

More About the San Francisco Buddhist Center

Our community is dedicated to supporting the development of spiritual friendship among those who wish to experience the benefits of Buddhist practice and believe that it can make a constructive contribution to the modern world. Our system of practice emphasizes the following spiritual practices in addition to both samatha and vipassana meditation: friendship/sangha, creativity/art, study, and ritual. Check out this article on sfstation.com about meditation centers - it describes the SFBC as an unpretentious and friendly place to learn meditation or practice within a community.