For Newcomers

Welcome to the San Francisco Buddhist Center!  The classes and courses below are for people with little or no previous experience of meditation or Buddhism, or anyone wanting a refresher.

We also have many events open to people with all kinds of experience who are interested in going deeper. Please take a look at our Sangha Night, Retreats and Special Events listings. 

If you would like to know more about the SFBC Sangha, please visit our About Us page.

Courses and classes

Every Thursday, drop-in introduction to Buddhist meditation, 7pm to 8pm
Starts on Thu, Feb 1, 2018

Each Thursday* we offer a brief introduction to meditation and lead through one of two main practices: Mindfulness of Breathing and Loving Kindness (Metta). This is a very good place to get a feel for meditation, meet our teachers and discuss what you might do next. No experience necessary.

Drop in as often as you like. Suggested donation: $10-5.

 

Introductory Level, Four Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm
Starts on Tue, Nov 27, 2018

Mindfulness is the ability to give our undivided attention to the present moment and to wholeheartedly engage with what needs doing. It enhances all experience. In this course we will learn how to apply mindfulness to our day-to-day activities and bring greater joy, depth, and spaciousness into our lives. No experience necessary.

Based on the book: Life with Full Attention: A Practical Course in Mindfulness, by Maitreyabandhu.

This course is one of four courses in our Meditation, Buddhism and Mindfulness series running twice a year. 

To register choose your payment amount and click on "add to cart" below - if you do not see this button yet you may need to first click on the course title above. 

Introductory level
Starts on Tue, Feb 5, 2019

Four Tuesday evenings, 7pm to 9pm.

Do you sometimes find yourself stuck in old habits despite all your best intentions? Would you like to find ways to respond more creatively to the difficulties, and the joys, in life? 

One of the many benefits of meditation is learning to pause and give ourselves the opportunity to respond from a place of wisdom and kindness.  As we become more mindful and aware we can begin to free ourselves from some of our old ruts and allow new possibilities to emerge. Our relationship with ourselves and others, and the world around us becomes easier, more appreciative and attentive.

Mindfulness of the Breathing Body, (or just Mindfulness of Breathing), is a beautifully simple and deeply transformative practice. We use the sensations of breathing to ground our awareness in the body, so that we are able to meet the stresses of everyday life with more kindness, clarity and stability. 

Through regular practice in class and at home we can begin to create a more intimate inner connection, and become more mindful of the beauty, the habits, and the wonder available in each day.

This is a friendly, practical, easy to follow four-week course held Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm, Sep 11 to Oct 2. Ideally you will be able to attend at least 3 of the 4 classes. There will be led meditations each evening with plenty of time for questions and sharing our discoveries in a safe and welcoming space. The course book also contains helpful information and instruction. 

Suitable for complete beginners to meditation as well as anyone wishing to refresh their practice.

This course is one of four courses in our Meditation, Buddhism and Mindfulness series running twice a year. 

To register choose your payment amount and click on "add to cart" below - if you do not see this button yet you may need to first click on the course title above. 

Meditation Course - introductory level, four Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm
Starts on Tue, Mar 5, 2019

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)

The metta bhavana, or cultivation of loving kindness, is a powerful meditation practice that teaches us how to bring a friendly, kind, curious attention to ourselves and to other people, and to whatever arises in our experience, softening harsh self-criticism and judgment and bringing a sense of ease and openness to our participation in the world. 

In this 4-week workshop we teach different ways to do the practice so that everyone has what they need to continue effectively at home.  The course is friendly, practical and easy to follow. There are led meditations each evening with plenty of time for questions and sharing our discoveries in a safe and welcoming space. The course book also contains helpful information and instruction. 

Suitable for complete beginners to meditation as well as anyone wishing to refresh their practice. refresh their practice.

To register choose your payment amount and click on "add to cart" below - if you do not see this button yet you may need to first click on the course title above.