Special Events

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

Special Events

Day Retreat, Sat Feb 22, 10am to 4-m
Sat, Feb 22, 2020

Many Suttas in Buddhism  show the Buddha quietly and beautifully guiding his followers towards real tranquility and wisdom through awareness of the body.  As part of our "Simply Practice" theme this month and year, Prasadachitta will explore with us the power of simply paying attention to the senses. 

Our day retreats are an opportunity to get a taste of retreat without leaving the city.  They are open to everyone, though some meditation experience recommended. Lunch is not usually provided but there are many restaurants and grocery stores very close to the SFBC. Please feel free to email with any questions.

Register below.


The Black Power Mix Tapes: 1967-1975
Sun, Feb 23, 2020

The Black Power Mixtapes: 1967 - 1975

Director: Goran Hugo Olsson

2011. 97 minutes. (Award-winning) documentary.

"Assembled from 16mm footage shot for Swedish television, most of it in black and white, the documentary takes a chronological approach to the civil rights movement, the Black Panthers and related phenomena. The years covered seem to coincide with Sweden's period of greatest disgust with the U.S., which is clearly linked to the Vietnam War. "


Open to all.  Please arrive by 6pm at the latest - no registration required. 


Fund Raiser for Movement Generation
Fri, Mar 20, 2020

We loved Season 1, so we're bringing it back! Join the Green Sangha in watching Season 2 of Movement Generation's The North Pole! We'll have discussion following the program.

"In its groundbreaking first season, The North Pole introduced us to Oakland’s favorite trash-talking, revolutionary polar bears: Nina, Benny, Marcus, and newcomer Finn.

Now in the aftermath of the police confrontation that rocked North Oakland in the Season 1 finale, Benny is locked up and threatened with deportation. When his radical lawyer convinces him that the best defense is a good offense, Benny decides to runs for office against the shady local Sheriff who is trying to deport him. In the process, he becomes the first undocumented immigrant to run for public office in America – only the first of many ways that his DIY, hilariously subversive campaign will be unique.

Meanwhile, wildfires rage around Northern California, and Nina, Marcus, and Finn face their own struggles with major health crises, racist family members, and ridiculously escalating Twitter wars. As Benny’s unorthodox campaign gains mass attention and spirals out of control, the four friends must somehow unite the neighborhood to defend Benny – and the place they all call home.

Written and executive produced by Josh Healey, directed by Yvan Iturriaga, The North Pole is executive produced by Rosario Dawson and Movement Generation. This show is co-executive produced by Favianna Rodriguez and Darren Colston."

Save the date
Wed, Apr 8, 2020

A fun night out in support of your Buddhist Center!

Our neighbors at Foreign Cinema have generously offered to host our Fundraiser this year in their lovely space (just behind the SFBC on Mission). 

We'll have live music, food, drinks, a silent auction, raffle and more - save the date - ticket information and more detail will follow shortly.

If you are not sure you can attend the party but would still like to donate to our annual fundraiser - please go to our donation page. Thank you in advance!