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

  • sangha night - wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, open to all, meditation at 7pm followed by dharma talk, discussion (sangha night)
    • apr 27: the reluctant bodhisattva, with nagapriya
    • may 4, 18 and 25: transforming intolerance and racism: training our hearts and minds, with viveka and guest teachers
    • may 11: visioning for buddhist action month, with danadasa
    • june 1 to 29: buddhist action month

residential retreats

  • weekend retreat: beginner's mind, at jikoji, with prasadachitta, fri, jun 3 to sun, jun 5, register by mon, may 23 (retreats).

special events

  • buddhist travel stories from japan, with danadasa and nagapriya april 29, 7pm to 9pm, (special events)

Classes and Courses

  • meditation and mindfulness training program next four-week course: mindfulness in everyday life, tuesday april 26 to may 17, 7pm to 9pm (courses)
  • may 24 to june 14: the mindfulness of breathing, 7pm to 9pm (courses)
  • every thursday, drop-in introduction to buddhist meditation, 7pm to 8pm (courses)

day retreats

  • urban retreat, sat, april 30: entering the pure land, with special guest, nagapriya, 10am to 4pm, open to all (day retreats)

affinity groups

  • young sangha, sat, may 7, 10am to 2pm, for people in their 20's and 30's, (affinity groups)


  • weekday morning meditations, mon to fri, 7:30am to 8:15am, open to all - continue throughout the holidays and through january (ongoing activities)
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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.

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