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

A practical meditation course open to anyone: 4 Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8pm, through zoom
Tue, Oct 5, 2021

Would you like to live more creatively, with more freedom, kindness and wisdom, and less fear, irritation and confusion?  The Buddha practiced and then taught meditation for this very purpose, and the practices are readily available to everyone.  

Mindfulness of the Breathing Body, (or just Mindfulness of Breathing), is a beautifully simple and deeply transformative practice, where we use the sensations of breathing to ground our awareness in the body, so that we can open to the events of everyday life with more spaciousness, clarity and sensitivity. 

Practicing in class and at home, we begin to recognize our less helpful habits without always following them, allowing space for new possibilities to emerge. Gradually our relationship with ourselves and others and the world around us becomes easier, more appreciative and attentive.

This is a friendly, practical, easy to follow four-week course. Ideally you will be able to attend at least 3 of the 4 classes. There will be led meditations each evening with 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.

See also Meditating with Kindness

Please register by 5pm Tues 5 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!  

A practical meditation course open to anyone: 4 Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8pm, through zoom
Tue, Nov 2, 2021

4 weeks, Nov 2 to 30, skipping Nov 23

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. 

See also Mindfulness of Breathing

Please register by Monday Nov 1 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!  

Tuesdays, April 13 to May 4, 6:30pm to 8pm
Tue, Apr 13, 2021

Dates for 2022 to be confirmed

Through discussion of practical Buddhist teachings, along with periods of reflection and meditation, we will clarify and deepen our understanding of what it means to have an effective practice, and build the confidence and inspiration we need to keep it up, while enjoying the positive changes it can bring. 

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. 

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. 

Please register by Monday April 12 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!  

Vivir con Atención Plena
Thu, Jun 3, 2021

2022 Dates to be confirmed

Curso de 4 semanas

¿Te gustaría vivir la vida más plenamente?

En este curso introductorio totalmente práctico, a lo largo de 4 semanas aprenderemos cómo cultivar atención plena al cuerpo, las sensaciones, las emociones, a los pensamientos y a la realidad. Esto nos ayudará a crear cambios significativos en la forma en la que nos vemos y nos relacionamos con el mundo. Estableceremos una rutina de meditación con objetivos claros y realistas. Desarrollaremos herramientas para estar más atentos a los pequeños detalles de nuestra vida, así como a las cosas realmente importantes que tienen un impacto en ella. Conoceremos mejor nuestra mente y la forma en la que nos relacionamos con el mundo, y aprenderemos cómo cambiar y mejorar dicha relación.

Te invitamos a este curso de  4 semanas en donde aprenderemos la consciencia plena ("mindfulness") y meditación de la manera más clara y sencilla para que sea fácil de entender y practicar en casa y en todas las situaciones de tu vida.  Si eres nueva al Mindfulness o ya lo conoces, entonces este curso es para tí. 

Un curso para aquellos y aquellas que eligen vivir y sanar. Espero que hagas esa elección y tomes el curso.

Por favor inscríbete antes del 1 de junio y te enviaremos la liga de zoom para unirte al grupo.

Para inscribirte: introduce la cantidad que deseas donar en el cuadro que dice "Event Donation" y da click en "Add to cart". La donación que se sugiere es de $120 a $90. Las donaciones son muy apreciadas, pero si estás teniendo alguna dificultad económica, por favor, siéntete libre de donar una menor cantidad o pon 0 y da click en "Pay later" en la página de pagos. (Si no pones "pagar después" tu inscripción no quedará registrada.)

Muchas gracias!

Thursdays 7pm to 8pm
Starts on Thu, Feb 4, 2021

This online class is taking a break - will post updates here. 

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.

 

 

Four week introductory course on zoom
Tue, May 18, 2021

Dates for 2022 to be confirmed

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.

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. 

Please register by Monday May 17 and we will send you the zoom link to join the course. (If you register late please send an email to ensure places are available.)

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!