Sangha Night

Sangha Nights - Every Wednesday, 7pm to 8:30pm (doors open at 6:45pm for in-person attendance)

During COVID times all classes require pre-registration.  We also have special safety requirements for in-person classes. Please read the information carefully. Thank you. 

Our Wednesday Sangha Nights are dedicated to supporting anyone wishing to experience and share the benefits of Buddhist practice. We are committed to strengthening the connection between personal practice and positive action in the world around us, and providing a welcoming and safe place for all those who want to participate. You are welcome here.

Our theme for 2021 is "Healing Communication".

Most evenings are informal and interactive. Introductions are followed by meditation and after the tea break there's usually a talk, workshop or discussion. No particular experience is required, though if you have not meditated before we recommend first attending one of our introductory classes.  Suggested donation: $10–$5, or whatever you can afford. If you'd like a brief orientation please arrive before 7pm. 

Sangha Night Classes

Communicating Sangha
Wed, Nov 24, 2021

Wednesdays in November, 7pm to 8:30pm

To attend in person please read the requirements below before registering; if you have any concerns you can still register here to attend via zoom.

Communicating Sangha

November is the month when we celebrate Sangha - the community of friends we practice with here in San Francisco and around the world.  Please join us for a series of evenings sharing our losses, our joys, and our practice together. There is also an International Sangha Day on Sunday November 21 online, with friends around the world sharing reflections on communication as a crucial part of the practice and development of Sangha.

Nov 3: Sangha and Death - celebrating Dia de Muertos, with Mokshasi

Mokshasi will share reflections on the meaning of Dia de Muertos in her home country of Mexico, as well as here in the Mission District, exploring how it relates to Buddhist practice, particularly the teaching of impermanence and "this precious human life" (from the 4 reminders).

Nov 10: Deepening Practice through Sangha

The Buddha emphasized the importance of spiritual friendship and sangha for those wishing to deepen their practice, and we'll talk about that tonight.  In Triratna we have a simple ceremony for people who feel ready to become Mitras (friends) at the SFBC. This means they choose to practice ethics, meditation and wisdom in this particular Sangha.  At the SFBC we have 2 Mitra Convenors who help people decide if they're ready, and conduct the ceremonies. Shunyamala has been doing this for a few years now, and very recently Danadasa took over from Prasadachitta. Now that we're open again we want to take the opportunity tonight to mark this change and rejoice in these two people, as well as thanking their predecessors - Prasadachitta and Hridayashri. 

Nov 17: Sangha, Generosity and Inclusivity 

For many people in this country the approaching holiday is a time to show gratitude for what they have, and bring to mind, or invite, those who have less. For many it's a time to remember what has been taken from them. Tonight we explore ways that we can go deeper as a sangha without getting stuck in our ways and becoming exclusive. The evening will include a practice of Tonglen - exchanging self for other - that encourages a sense of connection with all beings.  

Nov 21: International Sangha Day on Zoom

Nov 24: Sangha Practice Night on Zoom

Important requirements for in-person attendance

Before registering for in-person attendance please read this list of statements carefully and confirm that they are true for you, and that you are willing to review and confirm again in person each time you arrive at the SFBC:

Yes, I am fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine for COVID-19

In the last 2 days I have not had any unusual symptoms such as: fever (100.4°F/38°C or greater); chills or shivering: cough or sore throat; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; feeling unusually weak or fatigued; loss of taste or smell: muscle or body aches; headache; vomiting or diarrhea, nausea; runny or congested nose

In the past 10 days I have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had a test confirming I have the virus

In the past 10 days I have not had close contact with anyone who has COVID-19, during their contagious period. 

I have read and to the best of my ability I agree to practice the 5 Buddhist precepts as described here.

Masks - Updated August 9: we are currently asking that everyone wear a mask for public events.  We have masks available if you forget your own. 

Social Distancing - please be mindful and sensitive to others and respect their space and sense of safety. 

Air flow - we will have our air filter on and the doors open for air flow, so bring layers!

Food - we will not provide snacks and ask that you don't bring food to share inside.

To register

Enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Donations of any amount are very much appreciated but always optional - please feel free to enter 0 in the box, but if you do this please make sure to click 'pay later' on the payment page (otherwise the registration won't work). Drop us an email if you have any difficulty.

Please add info@sfbuddhistcenter.org to your address book so we can keep you up-to-date with any changes.*  

Wednesdays, Dec 1 to 29
Wed, Dec 29, 2021

WEDNESDAYS IN DECEMBER: 1, 8, 15 and 29, 7PM TO 8:30PM

To attend in person please read the requirements below before registering; if you have any concerns you can still register here to attend via zoom.

THE WHITE LOTUS SUTRA

Dec 1, 8, 15 - with Danadasa

The White Lotus Sutra is a famous Buddhist Mahayana sutra that invites us into an imaginal realm filled with phantasmagorical images and timeless parables. Rather than speaking the language of intellectual analysis, the White Lotus Sutra speaks the language of poetry and myth to communicate our ineffable human potential that is beyond our ability to comprehend. This is a world that lies beyond time and space and is a doorway into the great mysteries of this journey towards wholeness and belonging. 

Dec 23 - No class

End of year celebration Dec 29 and 31 - more information to follow. 

IMPORTANT REQUIREMENTS FOR IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE

Before registering for in-person attendance please read this list of statements carefully and confirm that they are true for you, and that you are willing to review and confirm again in person each time you arrive at the SFBC:

Yes, I am fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine for COVID-19

In the last 2 days I have not had any unusual symptoms such as: fever (100.4°F/38°C or greater); chills or shivering: cough or sore throat; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; feeling unusually weak or fatigued; loss of taste or smell: muscle or body aches; headache; vomiting or diarrhea, nausea; runny or congested nose

In the past 10 days I have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had a test confirming I have the virus

In the past 10 days I have not had close contact with anyone who has COVID-19, during their contagious period. 

I have read and to the best of my ability I agree to practice the 5 Buddhist precepts as described here.

Masks - Updated August 9: we are currently asking that everyone wear a mask for public events.  We have masks available if you forget your own. 

Social Distancing - please be mindful and sensitive to others and respect their space and sense of safety. 

Air flow - we will have our air filter on and the doors open for air flow, so bring layers!

Food - we will not provide snacks and ask that you don't bring food to share inside.

TO REGISTER

Enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Donations of any amount are very much appreciated but always optional - please feel free to enter 0 in the box, but if you do this please make sure to click 'pay later' on the payment page (otherwise the registration won't work). Drop us an email if you have any difficulty.

Please add info@sfbuddhistcenter.org to your address book so we can keep you up-to-date with any changes.*  

Register here for Zoom option
Wed, Oct 27, 2021

Register below to attend via zoom. Read the requirements and register here to attend in person.

Beginning 6 October, if all goes well, we plan to open our doors for in-person attendance at Sangha Nights. 

Meanwhile we'll continue to offer a zoom option for as long as there's a need and an interest. Please register below as usual for the zoom link and we'll send it out to you the day of the class. 

Oct 6 - Celebrate our Grand Re-opening! 

Oct 13 to 27: Healing communication - Getting Unstuck

Much of our suffering, according to Buddhism, comes from our attachment to habitual ways of viewing and thinking about our experience. Buddhist teachings and practices can help to point us beyond these old unsatisfying perspectives, to a fresh sense of what’s possible. Since the Dharma was initially communicated verbally we have countless easy to remember Buddhist lists and reminders that offer a helpful hand each time we find ourselves stuck in our ways.  Used wisely they can open our hearts and minds to include a more direct, intimate experience of life and allow a deeper connection with the beauty in ourselves and other people just as we are.  

This year we’ve looked at the potential of several lists, including the 3-fold and 8-fold path and the 4 reminders, and over the next few weeks we’ll talk together about some more. 

Here's a list of lists to give you an idea of the variety: http://www.leighb.com/listlist.htm

(See also Uncontrived Mindulness: Ending Suffering through Curiosity and Attention, for a fresh look at the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness - Saturday Oct 16 on zoom)

To register for any or all Sangha Nights in October on zoom: enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Suggested donation is based on $5 - $10 per evening.  Donations are very much appreciated but always optional - if you are experiencing financial difficulties please feel free to enter 0 in the box, and click 'pay later' on the payment page. We'll send you the zoom link by 2pm on the day of each class.  If you don't receive it by 2pm, or if you register after that time please email us.

 

 

Getting Unstuck
Wed, Oct 27, 2021

Read the requirements below before registering to attend in person; if you have any concerns you can still register here to attend via zoom.

Beginning October 6 we plan to open our doors to in-person Sangha Nights. We hope you can join us to celebrate!  

Wednesday evenings 7pm to 8:30pm, with opportunity to hang out and chat afterwards.

Oct 6 - Celebrate our Grand Re-opening! 

Oct 13 to 27: Healing communication - Getting Unstuck, with Padmatara (10/13), Shunyamala (10/20), and Danadasa (10/27)

Much of our suffering, according to Buddhism, comes from our attachment to habitual ways of viewing and thinking about our experience. Buddhist teachings and practices can help to point us beyond these old unsatisfying perspectives, to a fresh sense of what’s possible. Since the Dharma was initially communicated verbally we have countless easy to remember Buddhist lists and reminders that offer a helpful hand each time we find ourselves stuck in our ways.  Used wisely they can open our hearts and minds to include a more direct, intimate experience of life and allow a deeper connection with the beauty in ourselves and other people just as we are.  

This year we’ve looked at the potential of several lists, including the 3-fold and 8-fold path and the 4 reminders, and over the next few weeks we’ll talk together about some more. 

Here's a list of lists to give you an idea of the variety: http://www.leighb.com/listlist.htm

(See also Uncontrived Mindulness: Ending Suffering through Curiosity and Attention, for a fresh look at the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness - Saturday Oct 16 on zoom)

For the safety and welfare of all beings we are requiring that all in-person attendees register and confirm that they are fully vaccinated and free of Covid related symptoms. Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to ensure everyone's safety otherwise. We will continue to have a zoom option for those unable to attend, for as long as there's an interest in this.  Register for the October online zoom link here.

Before registering for in-person attendance please read this list of statements carefully and confirm that they are true for you, and that you are willing to review and confirm again in person each time you arrive at the SFBC:

Yes, I am fully vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine for COVID-19

In the last 2 days I have not had any unusual symptoms such as: fever (100.4°F/38°C or greater); chills or shivering: cough or sore throat; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; feeling unusually weak or fatigued; loss of taste or smell: muscle or body aches; headache; vomiting or diarrhea, nausea; runny or congested nose

In the past 10 days I have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had a test confirming I have the virus

In the past 10 days I have not had close contact with anyone who has COVID-19, during their contagious period. 

I have read and to the best of my ability I agree to practice the 5 Buddhist precepts as described here.

Masks - Updated August 9: we are currently asking that everyone wear a mask for public events.  We have masks available if you forget your own. 

Social Distancing - please be mindful and sensitive to others and respect their space and sense of safety. 

Air flow - we will have our air filter on and the doors open for air flow, so bring layers!

Food - we will not provide snacks and ask that you don't bring food to share inside.

To register: enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Donations of any amount are very much appreciated but always optional - please feel free to enter 0 in the box, but if you do this please make sure to click 'pay later' on the payment page (otherwise the registration won't work). Drop us an email if you have any difficulty.

Please add info@sfbuddhistcenter.org to your address book so we can keep you up-to-date with any changes.*