Sangha Night

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

August and September: The Healing Power of Meditation
Wed, Sep 29, 2021

September 22 and 29, 7pm to 8:30pm

The Healing Power of Meditation

The whole secret of meditation is to learn just how to be present in the moment and in a state of complete openness and relaxation. It’s not a matter of gaining, it’s a matter of losing, of dropping—letting go, letting go, letting go. I think it’s really very important, especially in this age where we’re all programmed to want to get something that it’s not a matter of what you get, it’s a matter of what you lose. ~ Tenzin Palmo

In August and September Shunyamala, Pete, Danadasa and friends will lead meditations and facilitate sharing and going deeper together with our Meditation Practice.

To register for any or all Sangha Nights in August and September: 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.

See also October Sangha Nights, In-person and on zoom.

Register here for Zoom option
Wed, Oct 6, 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.

 

 

Grand re-opening October 6
Wed, Oct 6, 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

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 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.

Masks - Updated August 9: we are currently asking that everyone wear a mask for public events.  We have masks available if you do not have your own. 

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

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.*