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

Thursdays 7pm to 8pm
Starts on Thu, Jun 4, 2020

Now online!

Join us on zoom Thursday evenings for a brief introduction to meditation and lead through of one of two main practices: Mindfulness of Breathing and Loving Kindness (Metta). This is a friendly, informal class, open to complete beginners and anyone wishing to meditate.  It's very good place to get a feel for meditation, meet our teachers and discuss what you might do next. 

How to prepare: find a way to sit while meditating that allows you to feel comfortable, stable and alert. A hard-backed chair is good, or cushions if you prefer, and a blanket can be helpful.  Here's some more information about posture

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

Join through zoom by 7pm here.  You may be in a waiting room for a few minutes before the class begins.  

 

 

A practical meditation course open to anyone: 4 Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8pm, through zoom
Tue, Jun 16, 2020

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 online workshop we'll explore 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.

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

Please register by Sunday June 14 and we will send you the zoom link to join the course.

To register: enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Suggested donation is $120 to $90.  Donations are very much appreciated but if you are experiencing financial difficulties please feel free to enter a lower amount or enter 0 and click 'pay later' on the payment page. (If you don't click "pay later" the registration may not go through.)

Thank you!  

Introductory Level, Four Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm
Starts on Tue, Aug 4, 2020

In the Buddhist tradition meditation is part of a whole set of tools that help us to effectively engage with and transform the heart and mind. By looking closely at the ways we interpret our experience of ourselves and the world we learn how to work with perceptions and feelings in ways that enhance, rather than undermine, the benefits of meditation. 

Through discussion of practical Buddhist teachings, along with periods of reflection and meditation, we will clarify and deepen our understanding of effective practice, building the confidence and inspiration we need to keep it up and enjoy the positive changes it can bring. 

Open to complete beginners and anyone wishing to refresh, support and deepen 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. 

Introductory Level, Four Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm
Starts on Tue, Nov 24, 2020

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.

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, four Tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm
Starts on Tue, Sep 8, 2020

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. 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.