Special Events

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

Special Events

Day Retreat Saturday August 10, 10am to 4pm
Sat, Aug 10, 2024

This Day Retreat will be led by special guest Paramabodhi, visiting from the UK. 

Inspired by the Satipatthana Sutta and the direct teachings of the Buddha, Paramabodhi will emphasize the use of our imagination to engage fully with this beautiful sutta and deepen our mindfulness practice. 

The Satipatthana is one of the most influential meditation texts in Buddhism, and can support us to live with more embodied awareness, contentment and insight.

This is a not-to-be missed chance to spend the day contemplating and meditating on this sutta with someone who has over 40 years of experience in guiding people to do this.

This retreat concludes a 3 week Sangha Night series on Wednesdays: Mindfulness as Insight Practice. You do not need to attend the whole series, although that is highly recommended. 

Please pre-register below. 

As a taster, here is 'Mindfulness of the Buddha' week one at LBC.

For Satipatthana Resources see Sangha Night Series

 

Registration and Donations

Enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Our suggestion is $30 to $75, but donations of any amount are very much appreciated. (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.*  

 

with Samayashri Aug 30 to Sep 2
Fri, Aug 30, 2024 to Mon, Sep 2, 2024

This Retreat is an opportunity for Order Members and Mitras from the SFBC Sangha to practice together, deepen our friendships, have fun, and to meet and hear some wisdom from our SFBC President, Samayashri

We will have more information about the retreat theme later in the year. 

 

TIMING AND COST

The retreat is 3 nights, from 5pm Friday Aug 30 to around 12 noon Monday Sep 2 (Labor Day).  

For those of you with family caregiving responsibilities or other limitations on your time we'd like to make it possible for you to join us for any part of the retreat.  

If you are able to attend the whole retreat please register below.  

If you would like to attend part of the retreat please register below and complete this short form. Thank you!

The cost for 3 days starts at $180 to $250. Please pay the highest rate you can comfortably afford within the range - thank you. 

If you need a reduced rate go here

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

We ask everyone to take reasonable precautions to protect against infection in the days leading up to the retreat. Please check all our requirements here.  

If you consider yourself at increased risk you should not attend.

 

FOOD AND WORK PERIODS 

All food is vegan, with eggs and dairy options on the side. On Core Sangha retreats we all share the cooking and cleaning - there will be a sign up sheet.

There is also a clean up session that we all share at the end of the retreat. 

 

DHARMADHARA AND ACCOMMODATION

Dharmadhara (Dharma Mountain) is about 2.5 to 3 hours North of San Francisco, in Lake County. (Thanks to Pete for the new road sign in the photo.)

There are 7 small dorms, some with 2 beds, some with 3 beds, 3 indoor toilets and 2 showers. There are no private rooms.  Please be prepared to share and bring good earplugs, or, if you do not feel comfortable sharing a room with others you may prefer to camp.  There is plenty of space for tents, and the weather should be fine in September. 

 

TRAVEL AND CARPOOLING

We encourage carpooling and if you would like us to help you find a ride please let us know on your registration. If you are driving and can offer rides, please also let us know. Thank you! 

 

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

Registration deadline Aug 15. 

You can pay in full now ($180 to $250), or reserve your place with a $100 deposit and pay the rest by Aug 15 or at the beginning of the retreat. 

When you get to the checkout you will have the choice to pay now through paypal/credit card, or pay later.  (If you click pay now and don't actually pay now, your registration won't go through - contact us if you have any problems.)  Choose pay later if you want to pay by a method other than PayPal, or if you have asked for a reduced rate. Checks are payable to San Francisco Buddhist Center - Triratna, addressed to SFBC, 37 Bartlett Street, San Francisco, CA 94110. You can also pay by Venmo - @SFBuddhistcenter. If you want to pay cash please just let us know and bring it with you to the retreat. 

Wednesday Sep 18, with special guest Arthabandhu
Wed, Sep 18, 2024

Explore the magic of the dream world on this special Wednesday Sangha Night, 7pm to 9pm

Arthabandhu has generously offered to lead this evening while visiting from the UK. Drawing from 20 years of exploring the dream world and the benefits it can offer he will guide us in reconnecting with the magic of our dream lives and show how dreams can be part of a rich Dharma life.

He has long had a special interest in dreams and has explored them in relation to Buddhist practice ever since hearing Urgyen Sangharakshita say: “If you want to really know yourself, pay attention to your dreams.”  He lives in the UK, working with adults with learning disabilities and is visiting us after volunteering at a summer camp for people with disabilities in Minnesota.

Here is his website.

Our Sangha nights are open to anyone interested in Buddhist practices and Meditation.  They are hybrid - for in person please check our safety guidelines, for zoom you'll find the link here

2024 Dec 21 to 28
Sat, Dec 21, 2024

Embodied Courage

 

Led by Pasadini, at Dharmadhara

 

Theme

How do we face our life fully? Where do we find the courage to turn towards ourselves and others, the fullness of our lives, the negative as well as the positive?  When we deeply inhabit the space of our body, both somatic and energetic, it gives us a resource from which to walk through life more easefully, freely and joyfully. On this retreat, we will use different methods to help us find the support to witness and engage with ourselves, and others, with love, kindness, courage, and joy.

Alongside meditations focusing on breath, body and heart, we will introduce exercises focused on the energy centres that lead to an increasing awareness of our energetic/somatic body. This helps to build resources both inner, outer and higher to help us find the ground of our “being-ness”. From this ground we can courageously meet life, and see the deeper truths of reality.

We also incorporate working in healing circles which is a practice of deep listening, and speaking, and allows for connection and healing, and serves as an interpersonal meditation practice.

 

EXPERIENCE

This retreat is for people who are familiar with Mindfulness of Breathing, Metta Bhavana, and Just Sitting meditation practices. You should feel comfortable being in silence around people for long periods of time. It is helpful if you have been on a previous retreat.  If you are not sure whether this retreat is right for you please email us.   

 

SILENCE

After the first day the retreat will be in silence except for teachings, meditation reviews, and some mindful communication in the shrine room. There will be a note jar for questions, and the organizer will be available for anything urgent. It's a rare chance to take a break from making conversation and to see what happens when we really let ourselves be. We will provide an emergency number so that you do not need to check your phone.  If you don't feel comfortable putting your device/s aside please consider not attending. 

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

We highly recommend being vaccinated and boosted against COVID 19 but this is no longer required.

We ask that you take reasonable precautions to protect against infection in the days leading up to the retreat. Please check all our requirements here.  

If you consider yourself at increased risk you should not attend.

We recommend that you don't travel long distance since there is always the risk of cancelation or illness in these uncertain times, but if you do, please be sure you have refundable tickets and/or a back-up place to stay.

 

FOOD AND WORK PERIODS 

All food is vegan, with eggs and dairy options on the side. To simplify cooking and cleaning in silence we have a cook to organize lunch and dinner, and everyone on the retreat chooses a task that they can do every day - either preparing breakfast, chopping vegetables, or cleaning dishes. If you have a preference please let us know in advance. There is also a clean up session that we all share at the end of the retreat. 

 

ACCOMMODATION

Dharmadhara is a rustic residence with a very beautiful shrine room, located  in Lake County – about 2.5 to 3 hours North of San Francisco. The main building has a kitchen, dining room, sitting room with wood burning stove, 7 small dorms, some with 2 beds, some with 3 beds, 3 indoor toilets and 2 showers. There are no private rooms and we ask that you come prepared, with good earplugs and a willingness to practice forbearance towards your roommate/s. If you do not feel comfortable sharing a room with others we may be able to find space in the living room or shrine room for one or two people, but this is not guaranteed, so please get in touch about this before you register.  There is also the option to camp, although it will be cold, and possibly raining or snowing. 

 

TRAVEL AND CARPOOLING

We encourage carpooling. If you need help organizing a ride please let us know and we will do our best to get you there. If you are driving and can offer rides, please also let us know. Thank you! 

I'm sorry that we cannot arrange airport or train station pickups. 

 

TIMING AND COST

The retreat is seven nights, beginning 5pm Saturday Dec 21, and ending Saturday Dec 28 by noon.

The sliding scale is $570 to $770. The deposit to reserve your space is $200.

 

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT

Registration deadline December 1. 

To register enter the amount you wish to pay in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. You can pay in full now ($570 to $770), or reserve your place with a $200 deposit and pay the rest by December 1. In the event that we need to cancel we will refund all payments. If there is a waiting list and you have not paid a deposit we will do our best to contact you but if we don't hear back we will give your place to someone else. Deposits are non-refundable after the registration deadline. 

Please pay the highest amount you are able within the range of $570 to $770. This helps us to cover the cost of the retreat leader, the cook, and others needing help with costs.  

If you need to request a rate lower than $570 please email us at info@sfbuddhistcenter.org and we will send you an application.

When you get to the checkout you will have the choice to pay now through paypal/credit card, or pay later.  (If you click pay now and don't actually pay now, your registration won't go through - contact us if you have any problems.)  If you choose pay later you can pay through PayPal (info@sfbuddhistcenter.org) or Venmo (@SFBuddhistcenter) or Zelle, or you can drop off a check, payable to San Francisco Buddhist Center - Triratna, to SFBC, 37 Bartlett Street, San Francisco, CA 94110.