Learn Meditation

If you are new to meditation:

:: Drop-in intro. to meditation :: Meditation courses ::

If you already have some experience:

:: Sangha Night :: Day Retreats :: Residential Retreats :: Morning Meditations ::

Current offerings are always listed on Upcoming Events.

Drop-in Introduction to Buddhist Meditation Class

Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm, February to December
Doors open at 6:45pm.
Suggested donation: $10-$5/class*

A very brief introduction to two basic Buddhist meditation practices. The Mindfulness of Breathing and the Cultivation of Loving-kindness (metta bhavana) meditations are alternately taught, providing a balanced basis for the development of insight, clarity, and compassion. Come as often as you like - no pre-registration required.

Meditation Courses

Consecutive Tuesday evenings 7:00-9:00pm


Four 4-week modules, beginning again Feb 6, 2018, 7pm to 9pm

Would you like to experience the many benefits of meditation and mindfulness in your daily life? We offer a comprehensive training that aims to provide the necessary tools and support for a consistent and deepening practice of mindfulness, kindness and wisdom.

The training is divided into four 4-week modules. Take them all in one go, or spread them out, depending on your schedule and preferred pace.

Each module will explore meditation and the benefits of kind attention through a particular doorway, delving into different practices and the wisdom behind them to discover their full potential. Each will include instruction, guidance, practice and plenty of time for discussion and questions, plus optional individual practice reviews. Open to complete beginners and anyone wishing to refresh, support and deepen their practice.

Feb 6 to 27: The Mindfulness of Breathing

This first module will explore the Mindfulness of Breathing practice, using the sensations of breathing to ground our awareness in the body, allowing us to meet the stresses of everyday life with more kindness and stability, to create a more intimate inner connection, and to be mindful of the beauty, the habits, and the wonder available in each day.

March 6 to 27: The Metta Bhavana - Cultivating Loving-Kindness

Even as a mother at the risk of her life, watches over and protects her only child, so with a boundless heart let one cherish all living beings. (From the Metta Sutta)

This may seem a tall order, but a boundless heart, responding to the world and all beings (including the being we call "me") with unconditional love, is both an expression of freedom and the key to it, and is well within our human capacity. Cultivating an intention of kind awareness towards whatever arises in our experience, we can interrupt our habitual patterns of insecurity and begin to experience the liberating qualities of love, compassion, joy and equanimity known as the brahma viharas or illimitables. This course will focus on the cultivation of Metta, or love, usually translated as loving-kindness or friendliness.

April 3 to 24: Meditation and Buddhism

May 1 to 22: Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Four Tuesday evenings. 7pm to 9pm. Cost for the first 4-week module: $120 ($80 low-income), then $110 ($70) for subsequent modules. You can pay by check (to FWBO, 37 Bartlett St, SF, CA 94110), or through just give or paypal here.*

Please register by sending an email with your name and the course title.

*A note about fees and donations
Unless otherwise stated, all fees and donations go toward operating costs of the San Francisco Buddhist Center, a nonprofit organization. Teaching at this Center is done by volunteers. For events with a sliding scale, please pay what you can afford within that range, or contact us in advance to arrange a further reduced rate. The suggested donation given for most of our regular events is there as a guide and you should feel free to pay more if you can and less if you need to. Make checks out to the "FWBO" (Friends of the Western Buddhist Order.) Please give your name and the reason for your donation. Thank you!