Special Events

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

Special Events

April 13, 7pm to 9pm
Wed, Apr 13, 2022

Thanks to everyone who contributed, and to the Green Sangha for organizing.  We raised $1694 and were able to send $847 each to the two amazing organizations below. Although our fundraiser is now over I'm sure they will still welcome your donations if you didn't get the chance yet.  

Sangha Night Benefit, April 13, 7pm to 8:30pm, on zoom and in person. 

The San Francisco Buddhist Center along with the SFBC Green Sangha is devoting the evening of April 13th to sending out healing energy to Ukraine and all other parts of the world that are suffering from war.  This humanitarian crisis calls upon all of us to remember our aspiration to follow the path of the bodhisattva and help in whatever way we can.  

We will gather both in person and online to do a special meditation and puja to send out a wish for peace and healing. 

This event is also a benefit for two organizations who are helping with the crisis. At the end of April donations will be divided evenly between these two organizations:

Doctors without Borders is helping with the overwhelming need for medical help on the ground in Ukraine.  They are currently directing all emergency funds to Ukraine.  


OutRight Action International is helping LGBTIQ Ukrainian refugees who cannot count on mainstream systems for help. They have set up a special fund for LGBTIQ Ukrainian refugees.  


We have seen in the last two years how interconnected we are as a global community and how what happens in one part of the world affects us all. Let’s keep our hearts radiating with compassion for all parts of the world that are suffering “so long as all have not attained to peace”.

This fundraiser is now over, but you can of course still donate directly to these life-saving organizations. 

[the beautiful bodhisattva photo on our home page is by Jon Ramirez]


In person only
Sat, Jun 25, 2022

Silent Meditation Day June 25th, led by Mokshasi

You are invited to join us at the SFBC for a very simple, silent day of meditation practice.  You can join for the whole day or any portion of it - just please be sure to arrive during a break, as we will be unable to let you in otherwise. 

Meditations will be unguided, just bells, and the opportunity to sit together in our lovely shrine room. 

As for all our in person events we ask that you check the requirements here before attending. Thank you. 

Session 1

Doors open at 8:45am and close by 9am.  

Meditation 9am to 9:45am, followed by 15 minutes to lie down, take a break, walk or leave.

Session 2

Doors open at 9:45am and close by 10am.  

Meditation 10am to 10:45am, followed by 15 minutes to lie down, take a break, walk or leave.

Session 3

Doors open at 10:45am and close by 11am.  

Meditation 11am to 11:45am, followed by a break for lunch.

Lunch Break

Session 4

Doors open at 12:45pm and close by 1pm.

Meditation 1pm to 1:45pm, followed by 15 minutes to lie down, take a break, walk or leave.

Session 5

Doors open at 1:45pm and close by 2pm.

Meditation 2pm to 2:45pm, followed by 15 minutes to lie down, take a break, walk or leave.

Session 6

Doors open at 2:45pm and close by 3pm.

Meditation 3pm to 3:45pm.

Registration and Donations

Enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Our suggestion is $25 to $50 for the whole day, or $5 to $10 for each session, but donations of any amount are very much appreciated and always optional. (If you enter 0 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.*  

Compassion and Connection in Times of Crisis
Thu, Jun 30, 2022

Buddhist Action Month

June 2022: Compassion and Connections in Times of Crisis

Buddhist Action Month is coming around again in June. This year has brought yet  more crises to challenge us: the war in Ukraine, the cost of living, the omicron variant  in the coronavirus pandemic, all on top of the background of the ever worsening  climate crisis.

How should we respond as Buddhists? In the Chan/Zen Buddhist tradition this  exchange has been handed down: A monk once asked the ancient Chinese Zen master  Yunmen, “What is the teaching of the whole lifetime of Buddha?” Yunmen replied, “An  appropriate response.”

This sounds simple, but it can be difficult to know what an appropriate response is in  these turbulent and complex times. Taking part in Buddhist Action Month is an  opportunity to engage in action, with compassion and connection at its heart, to help  ourselves and others through these times of crisis.

Many of our lives have been adversely affected by Covid and by the associated  economic and social changes it has brought. Restrictions are now easing and this may  bring opportunities for us to reconnect. Connecting with each other, in our sanghas of  Buddhist practitioners and beyond, is one of the jewels of Buddhism and key to our  well-being.

Other ways of caring for ourselves include: keeping active, learning new things, giving  to others and mindful awareness. Please find attached the leaflet “Five Ways to Good  Mental Wellbeing and Buddhism” which can be freely shared.

BAM is about action: June might be a chance to kickstart a mid-year resolution! Let us  know what you’re doing…it could be small or large, increasing your personal practice  and encouraging others could be the start of a new wave of positive change rippling  out into the world.

You are invited to join 2 events with David Loy, full details will be posted separately

Friday, 3 June 19.00 – 20.30pm in-person and on zoom

What Does the Ecological Crisis Mean for Buddhism? 

Saturday, 4 June 11.00 – 17.00 GMT

The Bodhisattva/Ecosattva Path Today 

For more information and ideas of how to participate go to the Network of Buddhist Organization's Website

The SFBC will be discussing what we can each do in June on Wednesday Sangha Nights.