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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Classes and Courses

  • every thursday, drop-in introduction to buddhist meditation, 7pm to 8pm (courses)
  • meditation practice nights, tuesdays, oct 6 and 13, 7pm to 8pm (courses)
  • three-week meditation course: the breathing body, tuesdays oct 20 to nov 3, 7pm to 9pm (courses)

day retreats

  • writing workshop, sat, oct 17, 10am to 4pm, for everyone.
  • young sangha, sat, nov 14, 10am to 2pm, for people in their 20's and 30's.
  • mindfulness morning, sat, nov 21, 9:30am to 1pm, for everyone.

special events

practicing together

  • wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, open to all, meditation at 7pm followed by dharma talk, discussion (sangha night)
    • oct 14 -lit crawl prequel with acarasiddhi
    • oct 21 - experiencing living with kindness, compassion and joy, with karunadevi
    • oct 28 - right mindfulness and right concentration, with hridayashri
    • nov 4 - spiritual friendship, with lokesvara

residential retreats

  • winter meditation retreat at camp double bear, sat, dec 21 to sat, dec 26, option to leave mon 23 (retreats). register by dec 7.


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

film and arts

the sfbc space is available to rent.

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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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