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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practicing together

  • wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, open to all:
  • april 23 - discovering meaningful truth (sangha night)
  • april 30 to may 21 - transcending limiting views - 4 weeks - drop in to any week. (sangha night)

learning meditation

deepening meditation practice

  • 3 week course: tuesdays, may 20 to june 3, 7pm to 9pm: Loving Awareness and the Worldly Winds (going deeper courses)
  • weekday morning meditations, mon to fri, 7:30am to 8:15am, open to all (ongoing activities)

film and arts

  • writing workshop: words on a page, sat, may 31, 10am to 4pm (day retreats)


  • summer retreat: the creative path of transformation, led by vajradaka, june 14 to 21. register by june 4. (retreats)


  • day retreat: buddhist approaches to overcoming addiction, july 21 (day retreats)

the sfbc space is available to rent.

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.

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