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.
Our theme for 2020 is "Simply Practice" - both a suggestion and a description of how we might sustain ourselves as we respond to the events of the year ahead.
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
Feb 5 to 26
The moon reflected
In a mind clear
As still water:
Even the waves, breaking,
Are reflecting its light. (Dogen)
Our theme for 2020 is Simply Practice - both a suggestion and a description of how we might approach the events of the year ahead.
In February we will introduce the theme and explore some simple and deep practices we can return to over and over again, to sustain us and wake us up as we do what we can to care for ourselves and the world we live in.
Come for the whole series or drop in any evening.
then it is only kindness that makes sense any more
... only kindness that raises its head from the crowd of the world to say,
it is I you have been looking for,
and follows you everywhere, like a shadow, or a friend
(From Kindness, by Naomi Shihab Nye)
Sometimes kindness feels like the natural birthright that it is. Sometimes, especiallly when people and world events are challenging, we struggle to stay connected to it. Yet it's always available when we're able to be present to our feelings. This month, with the help of poetry and, of course, the Buddha's teachings, we will continue our theme of simplicity and explore some simple, practical ways to stay open to ourselves and the world around us and respond with kindness and courage.
April 8: Special SFBC Party at Foreign Cinema - 7pm to 10pm, food, drinks, music. More information will follow here.
April 22: Special Guest Nagapriya, Chair of the Cuernavaca Buddhist Center in Mexico, will look at the meaning of renunciation and the Four Clingings. Nagapriya
April 1, 15 and 29 - information will follow shortly!
June 3 and 10 - information will follow shortly
June 17 to July 8: The Simplicity of the Threefold Path: Ethics Meditation and Wisdom, with Special Guest Paramabodhi, from the UK.
June 17: Ethics
June 24: Meditation - Mindfulness
July 1: Meditation - Metta
July 8: Wisdom
Paramabodhi was instrumental in getting the SFBC started back in the 90's along with Paramananda, and we're very happy that he is able to stay in touch and visit us now and then. He will also lead 2 day retreats while he's here:
Saturday June 20: Meditation Day Retreat
Saturday June 27: Drawing/Mindfulness/Meditation Day Retreat