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

  • three-week introduction to meditation, tuesdays sep 15 to 29, 7pm to 9pm (courses)
  • every thursday, drop-in introduction to buddhist meditation, 7pm to 8pm (courses)

special events

  • sat, sep 5, 7pm to 9: travels in africa, with danadasa - a fundraiser for the sfbc retreat project (special events)

day retreats

  • young sangha, sat, sep 5, 10am to 2pm, for people in their 20's and 30's.

residential retreats

  • women's weekend retreat at jikoji, fri, oct 9 to sun, oct 11 (retreats).

practicing together

  • wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, open to all, meditation at 7pm followed by dharma talk, discussion (sangha night)
    • sep 2- words and precepts, with acarasiddhi, 7pm to 9pm.
    • sep 9 - meditation and dharma, with prasadachitta, 7pm to 9pm.
    • sep 16 - anapanasati, with dhammarati, 7pm to 9pm.
    • sep 23 - meditation and dharma, with acarasiddhi, 7pm to 9pm.


  • 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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