Renting the SFBC

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The SFBC space is available to rent for events compatible with Buddhist ethical guidelines, which are grounded in the principle of non-harm. Past uses have included meetings, weddings, performance, rehearsals, dance, memorial services, bodywork, seminars, and theater.

To inquire about renting the SFBC, email us at info [at]

Note that some events offered at the SFBC are offered by groups renting the space. For a partial list of renters and their websites, check our renters page.

About the Space

  • Located near 21st and Valencia in the Mission district (see Contact Us page).
  • The meditation hall (920 sq. ft.) has two skylights, new wood floors and new lighting--it is a beautiful and peaceful room.
  • Maximum seating capacityfor about 80 people in folding chairs with ample room in front.
  • In the meeting/reception room (1150 sq. ft.) there is a lounge area with couches and folding chairs
  • Hot water urn, microwave, coffee maker, sink, small refrigerator, and two restrooms.
  • About 20 chairs onsite, so large groups will need to rent additional chairs.

Scroll down to see a few pictures and get a better sense of the space.

Availability & Rates

The SFBC space is generally available during the day during the week, and on weekends - week nights become more available during summer months - please ask as far in advance as possible. If you have any questions or would like to inquire about a date, please email info [at]

The ground floor space is available weekdays no earlier than 8:30am and usually no later than 5:00pm (including time to setup and break down.) The rate for weekday daytime rental is $200 which includes a $25 cleanup fee. Small groups may apply for a lower rate or rent the annex. The annex is a smaller space (two ajoining rooms) on the 2nd floor suitable for 10-12 people, which can be rented in conjunction with the ground floor as break out rooms, or rented separately.

Please email us for complete rental rates - by local standards they are very reasonable. Rental fees go toward the cost of operating this nonprofit public center.


Meeting/reception room during a class

Meeting/reception room during one of our classes.

Special shrine -- east side of meditation hall

Special shrine on risers; view is facing the far wall of meditation room during a special event.

Looking back from shrine and audience

View from far wall

Photos - second floor annex

View of two rooms (doors between can be closed)
Library and wisdom hall (annex).

Library overlooking street (annex).