Sangha Night

From March 16, 2022 we will open our doors again for in-person attendance, with a zoom option.  Please read requirements carefully - they will be updated regularly.

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 2022 is "Deepening Practice".

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

Wednesdays 7pm, online and in person
Tue, May 31, 2022

WHY DO WE MEDITATE?

Wednesdays in April and May, 7pm to 8:30pm. Pre-registration required for online and in person (see in person safety requirements):  Register below

Continuing our theme of "Deepening Practice," during April and May we will focus on meditation. This will be an opportunity to investigate and celebrate the importance, the power, the effectiveness, the beauty and the mystery of meditation.

The Buddhist path is traditionally seen as having three parts:  ethics, meditation and wisdom.  What is the role of meditation?  What happens, exactly, when we meditate?  Is meditation necessary? What sort of change, transformation and opening does meditation make possible?

We will be contemplating and discussing these questions and also considering them by, yes, meditating.

These Sangha Nights will primarily be a chance for each of us to clarify and answer these questions for ourselves: What is my relationship with meditation?  Why do I meditate?  What happens, for me, when I meditate?

April 6 - A Kalyana Mitra (Beautiful Friendship) ceremony for MJ, with Karunadevi and Nanasiri, will take place during this evening in a separate shrine room, supported by a Loving Kindness

Meditation. In keeping with the evening's theme of spiritual friendship, Pete will introduce the meditation series with a look at meditation as a way to cultivate a friendship with ourselves.

See also April 9, Saturday meditation morning with Paramananda

April 13 - The SFBC Green Sangha puja and benefit for Ukraine and all beings experiencing the suffering of war. Full information here

April 20 - Dhammarati, visiting from the UK, will lead the evening

April 27 - The dynamics of activity and receptivity in meditation and in life, with Danadasa

May 4 -  Untangling the knot of self. Noticing and stepping outside the usual thought patterns that fabricate, reinforce and harden our sense of "self."  Led by Pete.

May 11 - The dynamics of calming meditation practices (samatha) and insight meditation practices (vipassana), with Danadasa 

May 18 - Online only -  Two Sangha members - Chiara and Juan Felipe - will share reflections on their meditation practice:         

Why do you meditate? How has meditation shaped your experience?  With time for discussion and questions.

May 25 - Online only - Why Meditate (when the world is is messed up), with Rodashruti

Registration - please register below so that we have your information in case of changes to the Sangha Night program or zoom link. You only need to do this once.  

Donations: Please consider making a donation or joining our Dana program to help support our teaching. More information on this page

Our doors are currently open for in-person attendance.  If you would like to attend in person please check you can agree to our current safety requirements listed here. We will ask you to confirm when you arrive. 

We will still offer the zoom option each week. 

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.*  

Buddhist Action for Peace
Wed, Jun 1, 2022

Buddhist Action For Peace

Wednesdays in June, 7pm to 8:30pm. 

Our theme for 2022 is Deepening Practice, and this June we join Triratna Centers around the world in Buddhist Action Month. Each Wednesday we will look at how members of our SFBC Sangha engage with their practice during these demanding times. There are so many different opportunities calling for us to care, to take some action - whether this be internally, in our meditations, or out in the world. It promises to be both inspiring and connecting!

Registration - please register below so that we have your information in case of changes to the Sangha Night program or zoom link. You only need to do this once.  

Donations: Please consider making a donation or joining our Dana program to help support our teaching. More information on this page

If you would like to attend in person please check you can agree to our current safety requirements listed here. We will ask you to confirm when you arrive. 

We will still offer the zoom option each week. 

Program for June

June 1 - Choosing Peace: how awareness of views can lead to more peace both internally and in the world around us. With Mokshasi and Padmatara

June 8 -  Metta in Action, an evening to practice a deepening of metta to share out into the world, with time for personal reflection and appreciation on what this looks like in your practice. With Shunyamala, Jon and Brad.

June 15 - Nanasiri and Hridayashri

June 22 - SFBC Green Sangha

June 20 - Helen will introduce the EDJI (Equality, Diversity, Justice and Inclusivity) working groups, and their new blog.

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.*  

Summer of Love
Wed, Jul 6, 2022

 

SUMMER OF LOVE

Deepening our practice of the four Brahma Viharas: Metta/Loving Kindness, Karuna/Compassion, Mudita/Sympathetic Joy, Uppeka/Equanimity

Wednesdays in July and August, 7pm to 8:30pm. 

More information will follow. 

Registration - please register below so that we have your information in case of changes to the Sangha Night program or zoom link. You only need to do this once.  

Donations: Please consider making a donation or joining our Dana program to help support our teaching. More information on this page

If you would like to attend in person please check you can agree to our current safety requirements listed here. We will ask you to confirm when you arrive. 

We will still offer the zoom option each week. 

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.*  

Recollecting the Buddha
Wed, Sep 7, 2022

Recollecting the Buddha, with stories from the Buddha's time, and the Archetypal Buddhas

Wednesdays in September and October, 7pm to 8:30pm. 

Our theme for 2022 is Deepening Practice. In September Paramabodhi is visiting from the UK, and will lead us in some recollections of the Buddha. In October we will include the qualities of the archetypal Buddhas. 

More information will follow. 

Registration - please register below so that we have your information in case of changes to the Sangha Night program or zoom link. You only need to do this once.  

Donations: Please consider making a donation or joining our Dana program to help support our teaching. More information on this page

If you would like to attend in person please check you can agree to our current safety requirements listed here. We will ask you to confirm when you arrive. 

We will still offer the zoom option each week. 

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.*  

Deepening Practice through Ritual, in Buddhism and in Life (and Death)
Wed, Nov 2, 2022

 

DEEPENING PRACTICE THROUGH RITUAL, IN BUDDHISM AND IN LIFE (AND DEATH)

Wednesdays in November and December, 7pm to 8:30pm. 

In November and December we will look at the role of Ritual for deepening practice, in Buddhist Practices and in our lives in general.  November begins with a celebration of Day of the Dead, and includes a Sangha Festival and a recollection of indigenous peoples, aka Thanksgiving.  In December we will explore the meaning of Puja. 

More information will follow. 

Registration - please register below so that we have your information in case of changes to the Sangha Night program or zoom link. You only need to do this once.  

Donations: Please consider making a donation or joining our Dana program to help support our teaching. More information on this page

If you would like to attend in person please check you can agree to our current safety requirements listed here. We will ask you to confirm when you arrive. 

We will still offer the zoom option each week. 

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.*