Events Archive

This page shows events that we hold regularly but are either not yet scheduled at all or are waiting for more information. 

Archived Events

Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation (David Whyte)
Sat, Apr 21, 2018

Continuing the theme of this month's Sangha Night we'll explore ways we communicate - out loud, in silence and through writing - that lead to more freedom and less suffering.

with Prasadachitta
Sat, May 19, 2018

Continuing the theme of Sangha Night. Spend the day meditating, reflecting and discussion the Four Noble Truths, how the apply to our lives and how they can free us from suffering. 

with Hridayashri
Sat, Jun 9, 2018

Meditation in the World - part of our Buddhist Action Month series.

This is an opportunity to take our practice outside and commune with nature.  Starting at 10am we will meet in Dolores Park.  Look for us on the grass above the tennis courts near the corner of 18th and Dolores St.  Mats and cushions are provided.  Please bring your own blankets, sunscreen, water, hat, and weather appropriate clothing. We will do a sit, walk, sit. Then share in a vegetarian potluck lunch.  Please register so we know how many cushions to bring.

with Viveka
Wed, Jun 20, 2018

Viveka facilitates breakthroughs with people building community power to shape a thriving world that is healthy, inclusive, and equitable. She has collaborated for 25 years within movements for racial, economic, gender and environmental justice and with dharma communities seeking to model and work towards a transformed, liberating society. She will share her reflections and engage us on these questions:

  • What is power? Different kinds of power?
  • How can we engage and shift toxic power in our society skillfully?
  • What is our power to co-create positive change in the world?
  • How do we wield that creative power ethically?
with Advayamati
Sat, Jul 28, 2018

Developed by Advayamati ‘body dharma’ workshops are based on shiatsu, loving- kindness and mindfulness. They support the integration of body, mind and spirit, leading us to a deeper experience of inter-connectedness. 

Advayamati has taught buddhism and meditation at the Ipswich Buddhist Centre (UK) for 14 years and been practicing shiatsu for 30. 

The workshops involve a combination of bodywork, chi chung, ‘do in’ (simple self shiatsu), and yoga stretching with mindfulness meditation that helps us take our practice deeper and bring more of our whole experience into  our meditation, helping to balance the flow of energy. There is some paired work.

Please wear loose clothing.

 

Led by Shantigarbha
Sat, Sep 15, 2018

I'll Meet You There

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there." Rumi.

Based on his new book and drawing on many years of training in meditation, buddhism, non-violent communication (NVC)and mediation, Shantigarbha will lead through meditations, guided reflections, stories from the life of the Buddha, and practical exercises to help us develop our empathic listening skills. 

Shantigarbha is a Buddhist activist and mediator, and author of I'll Meet You There: a practical guide to empathy, mindfulness and communication, released in June 2018 from Windhorse Publications. Read the first chapter and order the paperback and e-book here

All welcome. No NVC or meditation experience required.  

Four-week Courses on Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm

Would you like to experience the many benefits of meditation and mindfulness in your daily life?

Twice a year we offer four 4-week courses exploring meditation, mindfulness and buddhism, Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm. While we recommend taking all four courses, feel free to take them in the order that suits your schedule and preference.

Each course explores 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.

Please pre-register to be sure of a place. See cost and registration information below.

The Four Noble Truths may be the most well-known teaching of the Buddha, and as such it can be easy to overlook.  Prasadachitta will lead us in a 5 week exploration of this simple but important expression of the Buddhist path: Suffering, the origin of suffering, the end of suffering and the way to the end of suffering.  

See also Four Noble Truths Day Retreat on May 19.

The Four Noble Truths may be the most well-known teaching of the Buddha, and as such it can be easy to overlook.  Prasadachitta will lead us in a 5 week exploration of this simple but important expression of the Buddhist path: Suffering, the origin of suffering, the end of suffering and the way to the end of suffering.  

See also Four Noble Truths Day Retreat on May 19.

The Four Noble Truths may be the most well-known teaching of the Buddha, and as such it can be easy to overlook.  Prasadachitta will lead us in a 5 week exploration of this simple but important expression of the Buddhist path: Suffering, the origin of suffering, the end of suffering and the way to the end of suffering.  

See also Four Noble Truths Day Retreat on May 19.

The Four Noble Truths may be the most well-known teaching of the Buddha, and as such it can be easy to overlook.  Prasadachitta will lead us in a 5 week exploration of this simple but important expression of the Buddhist path: Suffering, the origin of suffering, the end of suffering and the way to the end of suffering.  

See also Four Noble Truths Day Retreat on May 19.

The Four Noble Truths may be the most well-known teaching of the Buddha, and as such it can be easy to overlook.  Prasadachitta will lead us in a 5 week exploration of this simple but important expression of the Buddhist path: Suffering, the origin of suffering, the end of suffering and the way to the end of suffering.  

See also Four Noble Truths Day Retreat on May 19.

with Hridayashri and special guests

In June we will be joining Triratna Centers around the world to participate in Buddhist Action Month (BAM).  During Sangha Nights, and our monthly Day Retreat June 9, we will explore the theme of "Transforming Self and World".  There will also be opportunities to join online communities. More information here: thebuddhistcenter.

June 9: What is Buddhist Action, with Hridayashri

Hridayashri will share some thoughts on Buddhist action and what it means to her.  We will look at how the path of Right Action leads to a loosening of the sense of a separate self and a greater connection with all things.  With space for all to explore their own practice of undertaking skillful action. 

June 13: Special guests Lena Wolff and Future Chorus

Future Chorus formed in the summer of 2017 as a way of addressing the fallout of the political moment after the 2016 presidential election. Still going strong today, the chorus is made up of an ensemble of over 25 friends, artists and musicians who sing original and cover songs that are incantations to the forces that drive transformative socio-political resistance movements, offering messages of hope, resilience and empowerment to forge a better future.  Artist Lena Wolff will share some thoughts on how to activate around issues of empathy and how we can generate sublime experiences in times of political and ecological unrest.

June 20: Surprise guest speaker - tba

June 27: The Individual and Social Change, with Viradhamma

Viradhamma will explore the role of individuals as agents of social change in the contemporary world where communities are polarized, news is unreliable and there is confusion about community values.

See also June 9, Day Retreat

with Hridayashri and special guests

In June we will be joining Triratna Centers around the world to participate in Buddhist Action Month (BAM).  During Sangha Nights, and our monthly Day Retreat June 9, we will explore the theme of "Transforming Self and World".  There will also be opportunities to join online communities. More information here: thebuddhistcenter.

June 9: What is Buddhist Action, with Hridayashri

Hridayashri will share some thoughts on Buddhist action and what it means to her.  We will look at how the path of Right Action leads to a loosening of the sense of a separate self and a greater connection with all things.  With space for all to explore their own practice of undertaking skillful action. 

June 13: Special guests Lena Wolff and Future Chorus

Future Chorus formed in the summer of 2017 as a way of addressing the fallout of the political moment after the 2016 presidential election. Still going strong today, the chorus is made up of an ensemble of over 25 friends, artists and musicians who sing original and cover songs that are incantations to the forces that drive transformative socio-political resistance movements, offering messages of hope, resilience and empowerment to forge a better future.  Artist Lena Wolff will share some thoughts on how to activate around issues of empathy and how we can generate sublime experiences in times of political and ecological unrest.

June 20: Surprise guest speaker - tba

June 27: The Individual and Social Change, with Viradhamma

Viradhamma will explore the role of individuals as agents of social change in the contemporary world where communities are polarized, news is unreliable and there is confusion about community values.

See also June 9, Day Retreat

with Hridayashri and special guests

In June we will be joining Triratna Centers around the world to participate in Buddhist Action Month (BAM).  During Sangha Nights, and our monthly Day Retreat June 9, we will explore the theme of "Transforming Self and World".  There will also be opportunities to join online communities. More information here: thebuddhistcenter.

June 9: What is Buddhist Action, with Hridayashri

Hridayashri will share some thoughts on Buddhist action and what it means to her.  We will look at how the path of Right Action leads to a loosening of the sense of a separate self and a greater connection with all things.  With space for all to explore their own practice of undertaking skillful action. 

June 13: Special guests Lena Wolff and Future Chorus

Future Chorus formed in the summer of 2017 as a way of addressing the fallout of the political moment after the 2016 presidential election. Still going strong today, the chorus is made up of an ensemble of over 25 friends, artists and musicians who sing original and cover songs that are incantations to the forces that drive transformative socio-political resistance movements, offering messages of hope, resilience and empowerment to forge a better future.  Artist Lena Wolff will share some thoughts on how to activate around issues of empathy and how we can generate sublime experiences in times of political and ecological unrest.

June 20: Surprise guest speaker - tba

June 27: The Individual and Social Change, with Viradhamma

Viradhamma will explore the role of individuals as agents of social change in the contemporary world where communities are polarized, news is unreliable and there is confusion about community values.

See also June 9, Day Retreat

with Hridayashri and special guests

In June we will be joining Triratna Centers around the world to participate in Buddhist Action Month (BAM).  During Sangha Nights, and our monthly Day Retreat June 9, we will explore the theme of "Transforming Self and World".  There will also be opportunities to join online communities. More information here: thebuddhistcenter.

June 9: What is Buddhist Action, with Hridayashri

Hridayashri will share some thoughts on Buddhist action and what it means to her.  We will look at how the path of Right Action leads to a loosening of the sense of a separate self and a greater connection with all things.  With space for all to explore their own practice of undertaking skillful action. 

June 13: Special guests Lena Wolff and Future Chorus

Future Chorus formed in the summer of 2017 as a way of addressing the fallout of the political moment after the 2016 presidential election. Still going strong today, the chorus is made up of an ensemble of over 25 friends, artists and musicians who sing original and cover songs that are incantations to the forces that drive transformative socio-political resistance movements, offering messages of hope, resilience and empowerment to forge a better future.  Artist Lena Wolff will share some thoughts on how to activate around issues of empathy and how we can generate sublime experiences in times of political and ecological unrest.

June 20: Surprise guest speaker - tba

June 27: The Individual and Social Change, with Viradhamma

Viradhamma will explore the role of individuals as agents of social change in the contemporary world where communities are polarized, news is unreliable and there is confusion about community values.

See also June 9, Day Retreat

Four Tuesdays, July 10 to 31, 7pm - 9pm

Are you too restless to meditate? Is your mind moving a mile a minute? Do you feel like meditation would give you clarity, but you just can't find time for it?

In this 4-week workshop we will explore new ways in to meditation, through the body. And we will explore variations on the loving kindness and mindfulness of breathing practices taught at the Center.

And if you are up for more rigorous training, you can commit to a 21-day no-excuses meditation challenge, to directly experience the benefits of daily mind training. Individual meditation check-ins will be offered throughout the program.

Meditators of any level of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes for actively moving. 

The course instructor, Dayamudra, is an experienced yoga and meditation teacher. 

Please register in advance.

with Danadasa

In this Buddhist path of transformation, how we relate to practice has a profound effect upon what unfolds. How do we relate to the idea of path and goal? How do we relate to effort? How do we relate to not knowing? During this 3 week series, Danadasa will explore what is meant by a wise relationship to practice through the perspective of the 5 spiritual faculties: mindfulness, conviction, energy, meditation, and discernment. 

All are welcome. Come to the whole series or drop in to any of the 3 evenings. Suggested donation $10 to $5 or whatever you can afford.

Please note that the Center will be closed on Wednesday July 4th .

Four Tuesdays, July 10 to 31, 7pm - 9pm

Are you too restless to meditate? Is your mind moving a mile a minute? Do you feel like meditation would give you clarity, but you just can't find time for it?

In this 4-week workshop we will explore new ways in to meditation, through the body. And we will explore variations on the loving kindness and mindfulness of breathing practices taught at the Center.

And if you are up for more rigorous training, you can commit to a 21-day no-excuses meditation challenge, to directly experience the benefits of daily mind training. Individual meditation check-ins will be offered throughout the program.

Meditators of any level of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes for actively moving. 

The course instructor, Dayamudra, is an experienced yoga and meditation teacher. 

Please register in advance.

with Danadasa

In this Buddhist path of transformation, how we relate to practice has a profound effect upon what unfolds. How do we relate to the idea of path and goal? How do we relate to effort? How do we relate to not knowing? During this 3 week series, Danadasa will explore what is meant by a wise relationship to practice through the perspective of the 5 spiritual faculties: mindfulness, conviction, energy, meditation, and discernment. 

All are welcome. Come to the whole series or drop in to any of the 3 evenings. Suggested donation $10 to $5 or whatever you can afford.

Please note that the Center will be closed on Wednesday July 4th .

Four Tuesdays, July 10 to 31, 7pm - 9pm

Are you too restless to meditate? Is your mind moving a mile a minute? Do you feel like meditation would give you clarity, but you just can't find time for it?

In this 4-week workshop we will explore new ways in to meditation, through the body. And we will explore variations on the loving kindness and mindfulness of breathing practices taught at the Center.

And if you are up for more rigorous training, you can commit to a 21-day no-excuses meditation challenge, to directly experience the benefits of daily mind training. Individual meditation check-ins will be offered throughout the program.

Meditators of any level of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes for actively moving. 

The course instructor, Dayamudra, is an experienced yoga and meditation teacher. 

Please register in advance.

with Danadasa

In this Buddhist path of transformation, how we relate to practice has a profound effect upon what unfolds. How do we relate to the idea of path and goal? How do we relate to effort? How do we relate to not knowing? During this 3 week series, Danadasa will explore what is meant by a wise relationship to practice through the perspective of the 5 spiritual faculties: mindfulness, conviction, energy, meditation, and discernment. 

All are welcome. Come to the whole series or drop in to any of the 3 evenings. Suggested donation $10 to $5 or whatever you can afford.

Please note that the Center will be closed on Wednesday July 4th .

Four Tuesdays, July 10 to 31, 7pm - 9pm

Are you too restless to meditate? Is your mind moving a mile a minute? Do you feel like meditation would give you clarity, but you just can't find time for it?

In this 4-week workshop we will explore new ways in to meditation, through the body. And we will explore variations on the loving kindness and mindfulness of breathing practices taught at the Center.

And if you are up for more rigorous training, you can commit to a 21-day no-excuses meditation challenge, to directly experience the benefits of daily mind training. Individual meditation check-ins will be offered throughout the program.

Meditators of any level of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes for actively moving. 

The course instructor, Dayamudra, is an experienced yoga and meditation teacher. 

Please register in advance.

Cultivating stillness, joy, and insight through meditation

During the month of August, we will be focusing on meditation practice. We will explore meditations that calm the mind (samatha) and that lead to insight (vipassana), as well as ritual & devotion and the dynamics of activity and receptivity. Each evening will include a double sit and a brief talk on a particular aspect of meditation. 

Feel free to come to the whole series or drop in to any evening.  

Cultivating stillness, joy, and insight through meditation

During the month of August, we will be focusing on meditation practice. We will explore meditations that calm the mind (samatha) and that lead to insight (vipassana), as well as ritual & devotion and the dynamics of activity and receptivity. Each evening will include a double sit and a brief talk on a particular aspect of meditation. 

Feel free to come to the whole series or drop in to any evening.  

4 Mondays, Aug 13 – Sept 3, 7 – 9 pm

Many people feel isolated and lonely and long for a sense of belonging. Sharing life stories is a powerful way to step more fully into community. This 4 week gathering is an opportunity to be seen and heard with kindness, and to see and hear others with kindness.

The value of sharing life stories

  • Working directly with the experience of isolation and separateness from others
  • Cultivating empathy, connection and community
  • Experiencing solidarity, kinship, shared humanity
  • Getting to know the habitual mental and emotional patterns of our lives
  • Remembering experiences of being wholeheartedly engaged, alive, inspired, at ease
  • Remembering experiences of being stuck, confused, fearful, anxious, frustrated
  • Noticing our relationship to privacy by noticing what we choose to not share
  • Developing the skills of honesty, acceptance, authenticity

This offering is appropriate for anyone who has an established and alive relationship with this community and would like to deepen this connection. All stories will be treated as confidential.

Suggested donation is $100, and please contact us to request a reduced rate.

Cultivating stillness, joy, and insight through meditation

During the month of August, we will be focusing on meditation practice. We will explore meditations that calm the mind (samatha) and that lead to insight (vipassana), as well as ritual & devotion and the dynamics of activity and receptivity. Each evening will include a double sit and a brief talk on a particular aspect of meditation. 

Feel free to come to the whole series or drop in to any evening.  

4 Mondays, Aug 13 – Sept 3, 7 – 9 pm

Many people feel isolated and lonely and long for a sense of belonging. Sharing life stories is a powerful way to step more fully into community. This 4 week gathering is an opportunity to be seen and heard with kindness, and to see and hear others with kindness.

The value of sharing life stories

  • Working directly with the experience of isolation and separateness from others
  • Cultivating empathy, connection and community
  • Experiencing solidarity, kinship, shared humanity
  • Getting to know the habitual mental and emotional patterns of our lives
  • Remembering experiences of being wholeheartedly engaged, alive, inspired, at ease
  • Remembering experiences of being stuck, confused, fearful, anxious, frustrated
  • Noticing our relationship to privacy by noticing what we choose to not share
  • Developing the skills of honesty, acceptance, authenticity

This offering is appropriate for anyone who has an established and alive relationship with this community and would like to deepen this connection. All stories will be treated as confidential.

Suggested donation is $100, and please contact us to request a reduced rate.

Cultivating stillness, joy, and insight through meditation

During the month of August, we will be focusing on meditation practice. We will explore meditations that calm the mind (samatha) and that lead to insight (vipassana), as well as ritual & devotion and the dynamics of activity and receptivity. Each evening will include a double sit and a brief talk on a particular aspect of meditation. 

Feel free to come to the whole series or drop in to any evening.  

4 Mondays, Aug 13 – Sept 3, 7 – 9 pm

Many people feel isolated and lonely and long for a sense of belonging. Sharing life stories is a powerful way to step more fully into community. This 4 week gathering is an opportunity to be seen and heard with kindness, and to see and hear others with kindness.

The value of sharing life stories

  • Working directly with the experience of isolation and separateness from others
  • Cultivating empathy, connection and community
  • Experiencing solidarity, kinship, shared humanity
  • Getting to know the habitual mental and emotional patterns of our lives
  • Remembering experiences of being wholeheartedly engaged, alive, inspired, at ease
  • Remembering experiences of being stuck, confused, fearful, anxious, frustrated
  • Noticing our relationship to privacy by noticing what we choose to not share
  • Developing the skills of honesty, acceptance, authenticity

This offering is appropriate for anyone who has an established and alive relationship with this community and would like to deepen this connection. All stories will be treated as confidential.

Suggested donation is $100, and please contact us to request a reduced rate.

Cultivating stillness, joy, and insight through meditation

During the month of August, we will be focusing on meditation practice. We will explore meditations that calm the mind (samatha) and that lead to insight (vipassana), as well as ritual & devotion and the dynamics of activity and receptivity. Each evening will include a double sit and a brief talk on a particular aspect of meditation. 

Feel free to come to the whole series or drop in to any evening.  

4 Mondays, Aug 13 – Sept 3, 7 – 9 pm

Many people feel isolated and lonely and long for a sense of belonging. Sharing life stories is a powerful way to step more fully into community. This 4 week gathering is an opportunity to be seen and heard with kindness, and to see and hear others with kindness.

The value of sharing life stories

  • Working directly with the experience of isolation and separateness from others
  • Cultivating empathy, connection and community
  • Experiencing solidarity, kinship, shared humanity
  • Getting to know the habitual mental and emotional patterns of our lives
  • Remembering experiences of being wholeheartedly engaged, alive, inspired, at ease
  • Remembering experiences of being stuck, confused, fearful, anxious, frustrated
  • Noticing our relationship to privacy by noticing what we choose to not share
  • Developing the skills of honesty, acceptance, authenticity

This offering is appropriate for anyone who has an established and alive relationship with this community and would like to deepen this connection. All stories will be treated as confidential.

Suggested donation is $100, and please contact us to request a reduced rate.

Cultivating stillness, joy, and insight through meditation

During the month of August, we will be focusing on meditation practice. We will explore meditations that calm the mind (samatha) and that lead to insight (vipassana), as well as ritual & devotion and the dynamics of activity and receptivity. Each evening will include a double sit and a brief talk on a particular aspect of meditation. 

Feel free to come to the whole series or drop in to any evening.  

A Practical Guide to Empathy, Mindfulness and Communication, with Shantigarbha, visiting from the UK

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

‘An excellent book on empathy that teases out the centrality of this value in Buddhism  as the foundation for the cultivation of compassion and loving-kindness.’ – Stephen Batchelor, Buddhist teacher and author.

Shantigarbha has been studying and teaching Non Violent Communication for many years.  On this Sangha Night he will introduce and read from his recently published new book.

On Saturday Sep 15 he will also lead a workshop based on his book.