Sangha News

FBA Podcast: What’s Race, Gender, Sexuality and Skin Color Got to Do with Non-Self?

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.

Dharmadhara shrine room update

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).

Rainy Season Schedule

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.

A Year Of Silence - new book, by Kiranada Sterling Benjamin

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. 

Thank you!

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 Funeral and Burial of Urgyen Sangharakshita

Urgyen Sangharakshita 1925-2018

On Saturday 10th November the funeral ceremony and burial of Urgyen Sangharakshita took place in Adhisthana with an estimated 1,200 to 1,400 people attending the ceremony and burial and many tens of thousands watching in online.

This special edition of the Triratna Highlights Newsletter gathers together some highlights from that very significant day in the life of our community.