Sangha News

SFBC President Visit

Samayashri is visiting the SFBC Dec 7 to 10. During her visit she will lead Sangha Night Wednesday Dec 7, and a gathering for order members and mitras Dec 10. She is looking forward to getting to know us.  More information will follow soon. 

Death of Saramati

Saramati had a strong connection with the SFBC Sangha. He was instrumental in helping set up Triratna activities in the Bay Area in 1988, when he taught Buddhism at Stanford University.  He and his wife, Varasuri, practiced with us until moving to Missoula in 1991. He came back several times to lead retreats and study sessions with our sangha….

Here is the notice that went out to the international order:

20th September 2022

Dear Friends,

SFBC President - from Dhammarati to Samayasri

On July 2 at 11am pacific time there's an opportunity for our Sangha to thank and say goodbye to Dhammarati, who has served as SFBC president for longer than most of us can remember, and to welcome the amazing Samayasri, who will take over the role. Samayasri has been chair of the New York Sangha for the last 5 years, and is also president of Vancouver center.  

Opening our doors (again) March 16

Beginning March 16 we are happy to announce that we will resume our "hybrid" Sangha Nights - in-person with a zoom option.  We are erring on the side of caution to protect the vulnerable, and ask that you register and read our regularly updated safety requirements before attending.  

You only need to register once to receive our updates.  

If all goes well we will begin to offer more classes and events in person.

Fingers crossed, and be well. 

Ordination in San Francisco (and Canada)

I am delighted to announce that the public ordination of Mary Salome from San Francisco, CA took place at the San Francisco Buddhist Center on August 29, 2021.

Mary Salome becomes Rodashruti (the a, u and i are short, accent on the first and third syllable)
a Sanskrit name meaning “She who listens to the cries of the world.”

Registered spelling Rodashruti

Private preceptor Vimalasara
Public preceptor Karunadevi


With Metta,


Ordinations at Dharmadhara

Watch the video showing the offerings and explanations of the names. Thanks to Prasadachitta. 

I’m delighted to announce that two Public Ordinations took place at Dharmadhara Retreat Center in California on May 15, 2021. The ceremony was conducted outside with some sangha and family members attending.

These two new Dharmacharinis were privately ordained on a small eight day retreat with their preceptors.

Public Preceptor Karunadevi:

Emergency support for pandemic relief in India

India is experiencing a catastrophic surge of the Covid pandemic, and millions of people have been infected.  Hundreds of thousands are dying. The disaster is having a terrible impact on the Triratna Community, and every day we get news of Order Members, Mitras and Friends who have died.   Triratna volunteers are helping in their communities, and the Nagaloka training center in Nagpur has been closed and converted to a temporary hospital for people from the Buddhist community.