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

classes and courses

  • four-week course - buddhism and meditation, 7pm to 9pm, oct 31 to nov 21 (classes and courses)
  • thursday drop-in introduction to buddhist meditation, every thursday, 7pm to 8pm (classes and courses)

day retreats

  • finding your stories, poems, words, sat, oct 21, 10am to 4pm (day retreats)
  • reflecting on impermanence sat, nov 18, 10am to 4pm (day retreats)

practicing together

  • sangha night - wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, open to all, meditation at 7pm followed by dharma talk, discussion (sangha night)

    oct 4 to 25: creativity and the spiritual life

    nov 1 to nov 28: reflecting on impermanence

  • weekday morning meditations mon to fri, 7:30am to 8:15am, open to all. (ongoing activities)

residential retreats

  • women's weekend retreat - coming into relationship with yourself and others, fri, nov 10 to sun nov 12 (retreats)
  • winter meditation immersion retreat, fri, dec 22 to fri 29, with option to stay for just the weekend - dec 22 to 24 (retreats)

special events

affinity groups

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