Each year we aim to offer a variety of arts and special interest events to include the whole community.
Vitality in Stillness and Motion, with Manidha
Vitality in Stillness and Motion
“The fastest way to still the mind is to move the body...There is no way out, but through the body.” Gabrielle Roth
We move throughout the day, but very few people are aware of how they are moving. Anyone can experience more vitality and aliveness through movement with awareness. Stillness, the background of all experience, can then naturally arise. Using meditation and somatic practices grounded in neuroscience, Manidha will guide you through a process of awakening the whole body and tapping into the brain’s unlimited potential for transformation. Anat Baniel Method Neuromovement, Continuum Movement, and Polyvagal Theory are some of the areas we will explore to rewire your brain and strengthen your nervous system.
Dates: Friday Sept 18, 6:30-8:00pm, Saturday Sept 19 and Sunday 20, 9:00am-12:30pm (Zoom online)
Please register below by noon Sep 17 if you would like to attend this online retreat 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.
These are just some helpful guidelines. Please join us regardless of your ability to make a donation!
$5 - Times are extremely hard
$25 - I'm concerned about money
$75 - I still have a job
$100 - Full price, I'm ok
$125 - I'm doing well
$150 - I don't have to worry about money and want to support Dharma activities in the west coast centers
$___ - Custom amount
All donations are greatly appreciated and will be shared to support Vancouver, Seattle, Tacoma and San Francisco Buddhist Centers. Thank you!
Supporting Commitment to change
In support of a recent statement from PACT (Pan American Chairs - Triratna) 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 open to all
Courageous Conversations About Race: A series curated by Vimalasara, July 25, Sep 5 and Sep 26
- Thursday Sangha vigil supporting Black Lives Matter, 6pm (email for details)
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
- (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 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.
Conversation 3 Sat, Sep 26
Courageous Conversations about Race is a series of 3 discussions curated by Vimalasara where members of the Triratna Buddhist Order will be talking about race from their personal experience.
These conversations have been inspired by the recent uprisings against systemic and structural racism and the impact this has had on our Triratna Buddhist communities around the world. They are also a continuation of recent talks rooted in friendship between Viveka and Paramananda, and between Suryagupta and Subhuti.
It’s hoped that as many institutions are reflecting on systemic racism, we as a Buddhist community can reflect on how we can make Triratna more diverse, and our sanghas more reflective of the populations that live where some of our centers are situated.
Questions will be invited from the audience. These panel discussions are open to the whole of the Triratna Community and to all who wish to attend.
Conversation 1 with BIPOC/BAME Order members Saturday, July 25, 2020
Watch the recording here.
Panelists: Amaragita, Danadasa, Nandaraja, Padmadhara, Singhashri, Sujiva, Suryagupta, Viveka
Conversation 2 with white Order members Saturday September 5th
Watch the recording here
Panelists: Maitrisara, Parami, Prasadachitta, Ratnadharini, Ratnaguna, Saraka, Subhuti, Upayadhi
Conversation 3 with order members of mixed culture and race
Saturday, September 26th 11:00-13:00 PST | 13:00-15:00 México | 14:00-16:00 EST | 19:00-21:00 UK | 23:30-01:30 India | Australia EST 04.00-06.00 (Sunday 6th) | New Zealand 06.00-08.00
Panelists: Amaradipa, Amitamati, Bodhilila, Candramalin, Dayavasini, Dhivajri, Lokamitra, Maitriveer-Nagarjuna, Prasadacarin
Part of the Dharma Toolkit on The Buddhist Center Online