Special Events

Occasional courses, workshops, retreats, arts and special interest events. 

Special Events

Nov 25 to 27, or locally in December/January
Fri, Nov 25, 2022

This is an international Triratna Event happening over the US holidays, so the good news is that our local SFBC Green Sangha is planning a sibling event at a time that works better for those in the US and similar time zones. It will likely be December or January. Watch this space.   

The second annual Triratna Earth Sangha online conference

Fear, Grief and Faith

A Buddhist approach to the climate and ecological crises

25-27 November 2022

This year we are broadening our remit to include papers, workshop outlines, guided meditations, puja, music, poetry and the visual arts. We will present perspectives of particularly affected communities and show what Buddhists can do in this current time of multiple crises. We will also introduce the work of the Triratna Earth Sangha.

Who are we?

A group of Triratna Order members, Mitras and Friends worldwide who are deeply concerned about the climate and ecological crises we face and see it as part of their practice to do something about them. We are all too painfully aware of the Buddha’s core teaching that actions have consequences. The accelerating destruction of ecosystems in the natural world caused by greed, hatred and ignorance is causing untold suffering to beings of many kinds, and we feel that it is our duty as Buddhists to do what we can to raise awareness of the plight of the planet, demonstrate an alternative way of life based on stillness, simplicity and contentment and act to relieve suffering where we can. Website, Facebook group, Slack channel.

Register on Eventbrite

Sat Dec 24 to Sun Jan 1 at Dharmadhara
Sat, Dec 24, 2022 to Sun, Jan 1, 2023

A Deeper Harmony: a somatic and energetic approach to finding harmony in body and mind

Led by Padmadharini

This Week-Long meditation retreat is for practitioners wishing to go deeper in their practice of meditation and insight.

The Triratna system of practice provides a clear and comprehensive model that lays out practical ways we progressively move towards deeper peace and insight. Each stage contains essential developmental imperatives that support the arising of peace and harmony.  We can approach each as a stage on a journey, and we can consider that each of these elements can be explored and received moment-to-moment.  

The system of practice points to the deeper need to be receptive and to let go. During the retreat, you will be guided through somatic and energy-based meditations and inquiry that draw on your deepest capacity to be open and receptive. We’ll begin by becoming familiar and learning to trust the energy of harmony and ease. You’ll then be guided to explore and say ‘yes’ to challenging psychic and emotional energies in order to integrate those energies. Once integrated, we can include the positive flow of energy that is always available. 

The retreat will be highly experiential and invite you to immerse yourself in somatic and energetic experience that opens a door to the unknowable, mysterious realm of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. 

Padmadharini is a courageous and dedicated meditation practitioner.  She has attended around 3 years of cumulative meditation retreats during which she has tried out various approaches to insight. She is trained and educated in modalities that support going deeper in meditation. This includes her training as a Chaplain, training as a coach, training in mindfulness courses and in focusing and somatic work.

The Gift of Silence

The retreat will be mostly silent except for teachings, meditation reviews and mindful communication. It's a rare chance to take a break from making conversation and to see what happens when we really let ourselves be. We will provide an emergency number so that you do not need to check your phone.  If you don't feel comfortable putting your device/s aside please consider not attending. 

Health and Safety

We will require everyone to be fully vaccinated, and to take reasonable precautions to protect against infection in the days leading up to the retreat. Please check all our requirements here.  

If you consider yourself at increased risk you should not attend.

We recommend that you don't travel long distance since there is always the risk of cancelation or illness in these uncertain times, but if you do, please be sure you have refundable tickets and/or a back-up place to stay.

Food and Work Periods 

All food is vegan, with eggs and dairy options on the side. To simplify cooking and cleaning in silence we have a cook to organize lunch and dinner, and everyone on the retreat chooses a task that they can do every day - either preparing breakfast, chopping vegetables, or cleaning dishes. If you have a preference please let us know in advance. There is also a clean up session that we all share at the end of the retreat. 

Free Time

There will be plenty of free time to hike or stroll around the area or relax. 

Meditation Experience 

This retreat is for people who have a good amount of meditation experience, and have attended at least one silent retreat. If you're not sure please feel free to email us

Dharmadhara

Is a rustic residence with a very beautiful shrine room, located  in Lake County – about 2.5 to 3 hours North of San Francisco. The main building has a kitchen, dining room, sitting room with wood burning stove, 7 small dorms, some with 2 beds, some with 3 beds, 3 indoor toilets and 2 showers. There are no private rooms. If you do not feel comfortable sharing a room with others we may be able to find space in the living room or shrine room, depending on numbers attending, so please get in touch about this before you register.  There is also the option to camp, although it will be cold, and possibly raining or snowing. 

Travel and Carpooling

If you need help organizing a ride please let us know and we will do our best to get you there. If you are driving and can offer rides, please also let us know. Thank you! 

I'm sorry that we cannot arrange airport or train station pickups. (See health and safety above.

Timing

The retreat is eight nights, beginning 5pm Saturday Dec 24, and ending Sunday Jan 1 at noon.

Registration and Payment

To register enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. You can pay in full now ($550 to $700), or reserve your place with a $200 deposit.  In the event that we need to cancel we will refund all payments. 

Please pay the highest amount you are able within the range of $550 to $750. This helps us to cover the cost of the retreat leader, the cook, and others needing help with costs.  

If you need to request a rate lower than $550  please email us at info@sfbuddhistcenter.org and we will do what we can.

When you get to the checkout you will have the choice to pay now through paypal/credit card, or pay later.  (If you click pay now and don't actually pay now, your registration won't go through - contact us if you have any problems.)  Checks are payable to San Francisco Buddhist Center - Triratna.

Weekend option

If you cannot stay for the full week there may be the option to leave on Monday 26, depending on numbers.  Send us an email for more information or to be on the waiting list.  It's likely to be quite cold but if you are prepared to camp and/or can drive please let us know in your email as that  may make a difference to whether we can accommodate you. 

at the SFBC, January 2023
Wed, Jan 4, 2023

 

SFBC ANNUAL RAINY SEASON RETREAT JANUARY 2023

Beginning Wednesday January 4

The Rainy Season Retreat is an opportunity for the SFBC Core Sangha of order members and mitras to spend time practicing together. The tradition goes back to the time of the Buddha when he and his followers gathered together to practice while the rains made it difficult to travel and teach.

Our theme for 2023 is Pathways to Awakening and in January we'll begin our exploration with a series on the Anapanasati Sutta, the Buddha's meditation instructions, directing us to discover the nature of reality through gentle attention to our experience. (See Sangha Nights for more.)

Highlights 

Wednesday Sangha Nights 7pm to 9pm (hybrid), beginning with Padmadharini Jan 4, and continuing with Shunyamala, Mokshasi and Prasadachitta

(Sangha Nights are open to everyone; other events are open to Order Members and Mitras only.

Tuesday Anapanasati practice and check in (meditation dialogue) in person at the SFBC, with Prasadachitta and Padmatara

Thursday Anapanasati practice and check in (meditation dialogue) on zoom with Danadasa and Pete

Monday Prostration Practice for people in ordination training (on zoom or hybrid - tbd), with Karunadevi and others (there may be alternative days - tbd)

Fridays and Saturdays - pujas, practice, hikes etc - let us know what you would like and if there's something you would like to organize. 

More information and detail will follow!

Order Members - meet Saturday Jan 7, 10am to 12 noon.

Donations

Please consider making an extra donation for the rainy season - the suggestion is $50 to $100 for the month, based on $10 to $5 per class, but whatever you can offer is very much appreciated.

PayPal is good, or a check to San Francisco Buddhist Center - Triratna, or cash. Thank you!

 

Information on Core Sangha, Order Members and Mitras

 

April 9 to 22
Sun, Apr 9, 2023

Spring Silent Meditation Immersion Retreat

Two weeks - April 9 to 22, with option to stay first week only

Poetics of Awakening, Led by Paramananda

Awake my dear
Be kind to your sleeping heart
Take it out to the vast fields of light and let it breathe
- Hafiz

The Buddha was known as the awakened one, but what does it mean to really wake up? Buddhism is clear that this awakening is more than just intellectual knowledge, more importantly it is an opening of the heart and imagination to our own deepest nature and our place in the world. During this retreat we will be looking at how we might deepen into ourselves and open to the world through our practice of meditation and ritual.

This retreat is a rare chance to spend 2 weeks meditating together with Paramananda's inimitable guidance, enjoying lots of silence, and supporting each other to go deeper while surrounded by the natural beauty of Dharmadhara.

Silence

The retreat will be mostly silent except for teachings, meditation reviews and mindful communication. It's a rare chance to take a break from making conversation and to see what happens when we really let ourselves be. We will provide an emergency number so that you do not need to check your phone.  If you don't feel comfortable putting your device/s aside please consider not attending. 

Health and Safety

We will require everyone to be fully vaccinated, and to take reasonable precautions to protect against infection in the days leading up to the retreat. Please check all our requirements here.  

If you consider yourself at increased risk you should not attend.

We recommend that you don't travel long distance since there is always the risk of cancelation or illness in these uncertain times, but if you do, please be sure you have refundable tickets and/or a back-up place to stay.

Food and Work Periods 

All food is vegan, with eggs and dairy options on the side. To simplify cooking and cleaning in silence we have a cook to organize lunch and dinner, and everyone on the retreat chooses a task that they can do every day - either preparing breakfast, chopping vegetables, or cleaning dishes. If you have a preference please let us know in advance. There is also a clean up session that we all share at the end of the retreat. 

Free Time

There will be plenty of free time to hike or stroll around the area or relax. 

Meditation Experience 

This retreat is for people who have a good amount of meditation experience, and have attended at least one silent retreat. If you're not sure please feel free to email us

Dharmadhara

Is a rustic residence with a very beautiful shrine room, located  in Lake County – about 2.5 to 3 hours North of San Francisco. The main building has a kitchen, dining room, sitting room with wood burning stove, 7 small dorms, some with 2 beds, some with 3 beds, 3 indoor toilets and 2 showers. There are no private rooms. If you do not feel comfortable sharing a room with others we may be able to find space in the living room or shrine room, depending on numbers attending, so please get in touch about this before you register.  There is also the option to camp, although it will be cold, and possibly raining or snowing. 

Travel and Carpooling

If you need help organizing a ride please let us know and we will do our best to get you there. If you are driving and can offer rides, please also let us know. Thank you! 

I'm sorry that we cannot arrange airport or train station pickups. (See health and safety above.)

Registration and Payment

To register enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. You can pay in full now, or reserve your place with a $200 deposit.  In the event that we need to cancel we will refund all payments. 

Please pay the highest amount you are able within the range shown - this helps us to cover the cost of the retreat leader, the cook, and others needing help with costs.  

Cost for the full retreat (13 nights April 9 - 22) $1300 to $975

For the first week only (7 nights April 9 - 15) $750 to $550

When you get to the checkout you will have the choice to pay now through paypal/credit card, or pay later.  (If you click pay now and don't actually pay now, your registration won't go through - contact us if you have any problems.)  Checks are payable to San Francisco Buddhist Center - Triratna.