Each year we aim to offer a variety of arts and special interest events to include the whole community.
Four week introductory course on zoom
4 Tuesdays. May 18 to June 8, 6:30pm to 8pm
Mindfulness is the ability to give our undivided attention to the present moment and to wholeheartedly engage with what needs doing. It enhances all experience. In this course we will learn how to apply mindfulness to our day-to-day activities and bring greater joy, depth, and spaciousness into our lives. No experience necessary.
Open to complete beginners and anyone wishing to refresh, support and deepen their practice.
This course is one of four courses in our Meditation, Buddhism and Mindfulness series running twice a year.
Please register by Monday May 17 and we will send you the zoom link to join the course.
To register: enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Suggested donation is $120 to $90. Donations are very much appreciated but if you are experiencing financial difficulties please feel free to enter a lower amount or enter 0 and click 'pay later' on the payment page. (If you don't click "pay later" the registration may not go through.)
Saturday May 22, 10am to 12 PDT
This meditation workshop will focus on the body as a way of cultivating kindness and insight. You may find it particularly helpful if you have taken an introductory class and want to explore more deeply, but anyone is very welcome to attend.
We're very happy and fortunate that Bodhilila is able to join us on zoom from the UK.
Bodhilila is chair of the West London Buddhist Center, and has many years of experience of teaching and leading retreats. She is also a member of the BIPOC/BAME teaching kula with Viveka, Singhashri, Danadasa and others hosting the monthly Welcoming Liberation classes on the last Saturday of the month. She has co-led many retreats for women and the LGBTQ community with Singhashri and is currently co-leading a series of online meditation retreats with Paramananda.
Please register below by noon May 20 if you would like to attend this online class and we will send you the link by 2pm that day.
If you miss the registration deadline or have questions please email us and we'll respond if we're able.
To register: enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Thank you!
Suggested donation $50 to $20 or whatever you an afford. All donations are greatly appreciated but if you are facing financial difficulties please feel free to enter 0, and make sure to click 'pay later' on the payment page (to make sure your registration goes through).
The Lion's Roar: Speaking Up in a Troubled World
Beginning June 5.
Follow the Buddhist Center online for International Information, and we will post local information shortly on this site.
Here are some resources about Buddhism and the Climate Crisis: https://www.nbo.org.uk/bam-reading-audio-and-video-talks-etc/
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.