Welcome!


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

classes and courses

  • next meditation training course begins april - buddhism and meditation - tue, april 11 to may 2, 7pm to 9pm (classes and courses)
  • thursday drop-in introduction to buddhist meditation, every thursday, 7pm to 8pm (classes and courses)

practicing together

  • sangha night - wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, open to all, meditation at 7pm followed by dharma talk, discussion (sangha night)

    march 1 to 22: truth and truthiness

    march 29: mitra ceremonies and celebration of viradhamma

    april 5 to 26: grounded and ready

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

day retreats

  • grounded and ready, a day of mindful movement and mediation, with suzannah stason and padmatara, sat, april 8, 10am to 4pm (day retreats)
  • imagination and devotional practice, sat, may 20, 10am to 4pm (day retreats)
  • buddhist action month - de-stressting, sat, june 17, 10am to 4pm (day retreats)

residential retreats

  • beginner's mind weekend retreat: opening to the wisdom of the body, with padmatara and vimalamoksha may 5 to 7 (retreats) - register by april 24. Open to all.

affinity groups

  • young sangha gathering has changed to thursdays, for people in their 20's and 30's. (affinity groups)
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.