Sangha Night Drop in Class
For the time being we are holding all our classes online.
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 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
The Healing Power of Meditation
Wednesday evenings, August 4, 11, 18 and 25, 7pm to 8:30pm
The Healing Power of Meditation
Meditation is not a matter of trying to achieve ecstasy, spiritual bliss, or tranquillity, nor is it attempting to become a better person. It is simply the creation of a space in which we are able to expose and undo our neurotic games, our self-deceptions, our hidden fears and hopes. ~ Pema Chodron
In August Shunyamala and Pete will lead meditations and facilitate sharing and going deeper together with our Meditation Practice.
August 4, 11 (Shunyamala) 18, 25 (Pete).
To register for any or all Sangha Nights in August: 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.
Register for Zoom option
Beginning 15 September, if all goes well, we plan to open our doors for in-person attendance at Sangha Nights. If you would like to attend in-person please read the requirements on this page and register there.
We will still offer a Zoom alternative for those unable to attend in-person. Please register as usual for the zoom link and we'll send it out to you the day of the class.
To register for any or all Sangha Nights in September 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.
Grand re-opening September 15
Beginning September 15, if all goes well, we plan to open our doors to in-person Sangha Nights.
Wednesday evenings beginning September 15.
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 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 of the following symptoms: 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 you 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.
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). Please email us if you have any difficulty.
Please allow up to 2 days for your registration to complete. After that we will keep you up-to-date with any changes.*