Each year we aim to offer a variety of arts and special interest events to include the whole community.
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.*
Supporting Commitment to change
The SFBC is committed to working with Sangha Members and others to share resources and training and take action where we can towards ending the oppression of Black, Indigenous and People of Color in our own communities and around the world.
This list is very much a work in progress.
Triratna BIPOC/BAME events and spaces
- Welcoming Liberation - a Space for Thriving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) BAME (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic) Dharma and Community Connection. Meets the last Saturday of every month at 9am PST. First meeting is Aug 29. Info and registration here.
Triratna/SFBC events and recordings open to all
Courageous Conversations About Race: A series curated by Vimalasara, July 25, Sep 5 and Sep 26
- The Buddhist Center Online a series of conversatios: Getting Real - Soulful Meditation and Conversation with Viveka and Paramananda, following the pilot inspired by James Baldwin and his poem "For Nothing is Fixed"
Viveka - Mindfulness and the Creative Disruption of Bias - racism from the perspective of the Dharma (Facebook video - SFBC talk 2016)
Triatna/SFBC events for Core Sangha (Order Members and Mitras)
- Our Liberation is Intertwined - Interrupting the karmic momentum of racism: a weekend retreat for Triratna Order Members and Mitras, hosted by Aryaloka. Fri Aug 21 to Sun Aug 23 - 2.5 hours per day.
A Selection of Local and Online Events and Resources recommended by Sangha Members
Speaking out against Asian American Violence - San Francisco Zen Center resources.
- (White) Awareness is Revolutionary https://www.awarenessisrevolutionary.com a new website put together by a collective of white and white-presenting members of the Triratna Buddhist Community (TBC) committing to support racial justice.
- An excellent compendium put together by members of Triratna on the East Coast: (Some Additional) Resources for Buddhists Committing to Racial Justice.
- Showing up for Racial Justice Bay Area and San Francisco
- Race - the power of an illusion, award-winning documentary discussing the origins, beliefs and consequences of what we call race.
Race Forward Building Racial Equity virtual trainings - how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities - spaces July and August.
- A list of Anti-racism resources for white people
- Support Black-Owned Businesses
- Support Black-Owned Vegan Restaurants
- Petition to Rename George Washington High School after former student and national hero Maya Angelou
- Support for undocumented residents: Undocufund (SFBC is donating part of June Sangha Night income to this local non-profit.)
- EJI Equal Justice Initiative: https://eji.org
- Incarceration: companies exploiting prison labor.