Sangha Night Drop in Class
Every Wednesday, 7pm to 9pm (doors open at 6:45pm)
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.
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
Sangha Night: The Four Noble Truths
The Four Noble Truths may be the most well-known teaching of the Buddha, and as such it can be easy to overlook. Prasadachitta will lead us in a 5 week exploration of this simple but important expression of the Buddhist path: Suffering, the origin of suffering, the end of suffering and the way to the end of suffering.
See also Four Noble Truths Day Retreat on May 19.
Sangha Night: Buddhist Action Month: Transforming Self and World
with Hridayashri and special guests
In June we will be joining Triratna Centers around the world to participate in Buddhist Action Month (BAM). During Sangha Nights, and our monthly Day Retreat June 9, we will explore the theme of "Transforming Self and World". There will also be opportunities to join online communities. More information here: thebuddhistcenter.
June 9: What is Buddhist Action, with Hridayashri
Hridayashri will share some thoughts on Buddhist action and what it means to her. We will look at how the path of Right Action leads to a loosening of the sense of a separate self and a greater connection with all things. With space for all to explore their own practice of undertaking skillful action.
June 13: Special guests Lena Wolff and Future Chorus
Future Chorus formed in the summer of 2017 as a way of addressing the fallout of the political moment after the 2016 presidential election. Still going strong today, the chorus is made up of an ensemble of over 25 friends, artists and musicians who sing original and cover songs that are incantations to the forces that drive transformative socio-political resistance movements, offering messages of hope, resilience and empowerment to forge a better future. Artist Lena Wolff will share some thoughts on how to activate around issues of empathy and how we can generate sublime experiences in times of political and ecological unrest.
June 20: Surprise guest speaker - tba
June 27: The Individual and Social Change, with Viradhamma
Viradhamma will explore the role of individuals as agents of social change in the contemporary world where communities are polarized, news is unreliable and there is confusion about community values.
See also June 9, Day Retreat
Day Retreat: Buddhist Action Month
Meditation in the World - part of our Buddhist Action Month series.
This is an opportunity to take our practice outside and commune with nature. Starting at 10am we will meet in Dolores Park. Look for us on the grass above the tennis courts near the corner of 18th and Dolores St. Mats and cushions are provided. Please bring your own blankets, sunscreen, water, hat, and weather appropriate clothing. We will do a sit, walk, sit. Then share in a vegetarian potluck lunch. Please register so we know how many cushions to bring.
July 4: No Sangha Night
Sangha Night: Urban Retreat
Where Dharma meets Art with Vajradarshini
“Our meditation doesn't stay on the cushion. We are a studio and a laboratory, testing new ways to view life. Evoking curiosity and playfulness. Looking for meaning. Finding beauty.”
In September this year Vajradarshini will lead 3 weeks of urban exploration of “Buddhism in a creative package”.
Vajradarshini has been teaching and leading retreats since 1997. “In all that time the aspect of practice that I loved the most was bringing the Buddhist teachings together with art. Something would happen, the art illuminated the dharma and the dharma illuminated the art.” She currently lives in Sweden.