Special Events

Each year we aim to offer a variety of arts and special interest events to include the whole community. 

Special Events

For SFBC Core Sangha of Order Members and Mitras
Mon, Jan 31, 2022


January 3 to 31

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 2022 is "Deepening Practice" and we will introduce the topic Jan 5 at Sangha Night. Please feel free to email info@sfbuddhistcenter.org if you have questions or suggestions.


Wednesday Sangha Nights 7pm to 8:30pm

Thursday Pujas 7pm to 8pm

Monday Prostration Practice for people in ordination training and order members 6:30 to 8pm

Tuesday Meditation check in 6:30 to 8pm

Registration and donations

All events in January will now be online only.  You can register for any or all of them below. Once you register we'll send you the zoom link for all January events.




On Zoom: Wednesdays Jan 5 to 26, 7pm to 8:30pm: Deepening Practice, with Shunymala (Jan 5), Pete (Jan 12), Prasadachitta (Jan 19), Mokshasi (Jan 26.


On zoom with West Coast Sanghas: Unguided meditations - bells at the beginning and end, with the occasional poem. 

7:30am to 8:10am Monday to Saturday - feel free to invite your meditating family and friends. See separate Zoom link



On zoom, with Shunyamala, Jan 4 to 25, 6:30 to 8pm


On zoom, Jan 6 to 27, 7pm to 8pm with time to chat afterwards 

Jan 6: Medhashri - Manjushri Puja

Jan 13: Karunadevi - 7-fold puja 

Jan 20: The SFBC Green Sangha

Jan 27: Danamaya - Deepening Practice for the Good


Open to suggestions!  Jan 8 to 29. Meditations, hikes, art projects .... 

Brad and Mary are planning some meditations outdoors - more info to follow.

Saturday Jan 8: online morning for Order Members, 10am to 1pm 

Saturday January 29: 9am to 11am: Welcoming Liberation 2021, international space for thriving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) BAME (Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic) Dharma and Community Connection


(For Mitras in Ordination Training and Order Members)

Online: Jan 3 to 31, 6:30pm to 8pm, practice and optional check in, with Karunadevi, Padmatara and others.


To register for the Rainy Season Retreat

Enter the amount you wish to donate (from 0 to $150) in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Suggested donation is $10 to $150.  Donations are very much appreciated but always optional - if you are experiencing financial difficulties please feel free to enter 0 in the box, and click 'pay later' on the payment page. (If you register for the Rainy Season you do not need to register separately for Sangha Night),

Monthly Zoom space (hosted by Triratna)
Sat, Feb 5, 2022



Beginning Saturday December 4, 11am to 12:30.  Practical Buddhist tools to help you tackle life in your 20s and early 30s

Buddhist Life Hacks for Your 20s is a new initiative led by young Triratna Buddhists!  We offer classes by young people for young people. Beginners are welcome!

If you're in your 20s or early 30s, this is a great way to discover meditation and find out more about the teaching of the Buddha in a way that's relevant to your life, right here and now. Join us every first Saturday of the month over zoom. Our classes start with meditation and are followed by a talk from an experienced Buddhist and breakout groups to foster conversation and friendship building.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buddhist-life-hacks-for-your-20s-tickets-214733753437

I am because we are, with Singhashri, Feb 12 and 13
Sat, Feb 12, 2022

A two day retreat online, with Singhashri

Feb 12 and 13, 9am - 1pm

Registration and suggested donations below

Retreat Description: I am because we are

"I am because we are" is a traditional saying from the African Ubuntu tradition invoking the truth of interconnectedness and the promise of beloved community.

“We will not end…any form of human evil…by trying to tear it to pieces. Instead, we can offer people better ways to belong and better things to belong to.”

- Resmaa MenakemMy Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts

We all yearn to find and engage with others in spaces of deep meaning and heart-felt belonging, where we are each doing our own work in authentic connection with one another.

This is the ideal of Beloved Community.

Our dharma practice provides a crucible where we hold the tension between our ideals and what is happening now, which sometimes feels very far from our ideals.

How do we show up for ourselves and others with an attitude of openness and curiosity, willing to see clearly the parts of us that are both longing for freedom and those still in the shadows, confused, or actively resisting change?

This question is relevant to both how we work internally and also how we engage in beloved community. It is the ground from which true inclusivity can take root, grow and flourish, creating beloved community from the inside out.

Together, we'll explore the following:

  • Our intentions for practicing and our vision for liberation for ourselves and others

  • How our unique conditioning shows up in the space of meditation and how we relate to what’s happening now

  • Embodiment as a radical act

  • The role of joy and pleasure in opening to ourselves, one another and the world

  • How a creative response to fear, grief and anger can support our efforts towards collective liberation

  • The co-created and interconnected nature of experience and reality

For those with at least six months meditation experience interested in deepening their personal and collective practice in the context of social and environmental justice activism.


Please register below by noon February 11 if you would like to attend this online retreat and we will send you the link to join.

To register - enter the US $ amount you wish to donate* in the Event Donation box,

click add to cart, 

when you get to the "review your booking" page, in the payment section you'll have the option to pay through paypal or pay later by check. 

Suggested Donations*:

These are just some helpful guidelines.  Please join us regardless of your ability to make a donation!

Times are extremely hard - $5

I'm concerned about money - $25

I still have a job $50

The full price I am doing ok  $100

I'm doing well and I want to support this retreat $150

I don't have to worry about money I can make a generous donation ( )

All donations are greatly appreciated and will be shared to support the work of Singhashri and the four West Coast Buddhist Centers

Supporting Commitment to change
Mon, May 2, 2022

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

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. 


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