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 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
Not Making Things Worse
This year our theme is Simply Practice. In June we will explore how the dharma can help us practice non-harm in the world and in our personal lives during these confusing and uncertain times.
To mark Buddhist Action Month which usually takes place in June, the SFBC will donate half of any Sangha Night Income this month to two organizations working with people impacted by COVID-19: Undocufund San Francisco, a local organization founded in March to provide direct assistance to undocumented workers and families; and Nagaloka, a Buddhist organization in Nagpur, India associated with Triratna, who provide support and basic necessities to some of the most vulnerable communities in India.
Register below for any or all Sangha Nights in June. We will send you the link to join Zoom online by 2pm on the day of each class. (There is a different link for each class.)
Sangha (community) nights are open to anyone interested in connecting through an interest in meditation and buddhist practices. Usually there's a meditation followed by a talk and optional discussion groups.
June 3: Responsibility and Receptivity in the Age of Covid, with Karunadevi
We will examine these qualities in light of Ksanti and Virya, 2 of the 6 Perfections in the Mahayana text, The Bodhisattva Way of Life.
Ksanti is related to spiritual receptivity, is translated as patience and forbearance, and is the antidote to anger.
Virya is energy in pursuit of the good or for the sake of all beings. Our energies must be integrated and focused in order to make progress.
Our discussions will follow on from Prasadachitta’s talk last Wednesday about nourishment, intention and purposefulness, though you do not need to have attended that class.
June 10: Sangha in India today, with Viradhamma
June 17: The Dharma of Grieving, with Mokshasi
June 24: Opening to what we don't know, with Padmatara
To register: 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.