Sixteen members of the Core Sangha gathered at Dharmadhara to meditate and reflect on Stillness, Simplicity, and Contentment, focusing on the Satipatthana Sutta. Paramabodhi, who was visiting from the UK, led the retreat this year. He is an old friend to the sangha, having helped get the SFBC going in the early 90's before returning to London to work on his art.
A timely and thought-provoking talk given at a People of Color (POC) day-long retreat at Oakland’s East Bay Meditation Center earlier this year. The East Bay Meditation Center hosts teachers from all lineages to teach the Dharma to their POC, LGBTQI2, Differently Abled and Scent Free Communities.
Talk given February 2019.
A word so radical, spellcheck doesn't recognize it! Visit the link below for reflections on how inclusivity impacts sangha and practice, and to listen to the talk Singhashri gave at the London Buddhist Centre’s Transforming Self and World group in April, 2017.
Drew reports that "the shrine room is nearly there and is looking great. We'll be doing a few more things before the retreats in April: put extra fire-resistant treatment on the outside (required by code), add trim at wall/floor, and add lighting. We were running short on the dried boards we cut earlier so we prioritized the walls and floor. This means the following things will be finished later: add doors to shelves, finish wall behind shelves, and add boards to the clear story (short wall up in the ceiling).
Congratulations to Prasadadhi - aka Helen Rey from Seattle Buddhist Center Sangha, who was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order at Adhisthana last week - Feb 28, 2019.
Prasadadhi (long second ’a’ and long ‘i’), is a Sanskrit name meaning "she whose Wisdom is clear, bright, pure".
During the month of January, the San Francisco Buddhist Center turns its focus inward for our Annual Rainy Season Retreat, an opportunity for Mitras and Order Members Members at the SFBC to spend time practicing together. The Center is still open to the public for 7:30 AM morning meditation, but is otherwise closed to the public during this time. Groups that rent the Center usually continue during January, but contact organizers if you are not sure of their schedules.
Ever wondered what it might be like to spend a year in silence on a solitary retreat? Now's your chance to find out. Kiranada did just that, and wrote a book about it so we can share the ups and downs and the sheer wonder of spending a year on retreat on the edge of the New Zealand wilderness.
Available now at the SFBC Bookstore.
Our 2018 Fundraiser was a very enjoyable success!
Thanks to all those who contributed and/or participated we have already received over $4,000 this year, with payments still coming in. It was a fantastic evening and lovely to see so many of our community sharing their skills and talents, and most of all - enjoying themselves!
Together with all the generous donations we've received throughout 2018 we will be able to continue to share meditation, dharma, and mindfulness in this beautiful space throughout 2019.
The Fall 2018 issue of the Vajra Bell magazine is here!
This issue covers the topic of generosity and includes a piece by local Order member Acarasiddhi. You can read the complete publication on Issuu.
In this issue: