Special Events

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

Special Events

Saturday October 22
Sat, Oct 22, 2022

SILENT MEDITATION DAY October 22

With Mokshasi

You are invited once again 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. Please pre-register so we have an idea of numbers. 

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, but please note that, as things stand, these meditation days will be mask optional during meditation (recommended for hanging out in the reception area).

Session 1

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

9am short welcoming ritual followed by meditation 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.*  

Saturday Nov 5, 1pm to 5pm
Sat, Nov 5, 2022

In person workshop - Saturday Nov 5, 1pm to 5pm

5 Wishes is a living will and advanced care plan that addresses personal, emotional and spiritual needs, along with medical and legal wishes when one is dying.  It is a legal document in the U.S. and in California only needs your signature and the signature of 2 witnesses.

5 Wishes addresses and designates

  • who you want to make health care decisions for (your legal Power of Attorney / health care agent)
  • the kind of medical treatment you do and don’t want (medication, life support) in different situations (close to death, in a coma, brain damage, etc.)
  • how comfortable you want to be (pain management, physical contact, hygiene, etc.)
  • how you want people to treat you (where you want to be, who you want to be with, what you want them to be doing, or not doing)
  • what you want your loved ones to know

It’s also a way to initiate conversations about death with your loved ones.

During the month of October we will be discussing impermanence and death on Sangha Nights. We’re also offering this 3 hour workshop to complete the legal 5 Wishes Document. We’ll go through it together, step by step. You can then choose to keep yours as a hard copy, or it can be a rough draft if you decide to do the online digital option, that you can easily change at any time.

If you are interested in taking this workshop and creating a living will / advance care directive, please watch this video to get the background information:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StrlgPnGIug

and  if you’re still interested, please register below!

Please check you can agree to our current safety requirements listed here. We will ask you to confirm when you arrive. 

TO REGISTER

Enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Suggested donation - $20 to $50, but donations of any amount are very much appreciated, and always optional - please feel free to enter 0 in the box, but if you do this 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.*  

Sat Dec 24 to Sun Jan 1
Sat, Dec 24, 2022 to Sun, Jan 1, 2023

Eight nights, beginning 5pm Saturday Dec 24, and ending Sunday Jan 1.

Led by Padmadharini

Our winter meditation retreat offers the opportunity of a week away from our usual conditions, in silence, supporting each other to go deeper with meditation, and being supported by the surrounding natural beauty.

This year the theme is Mind in Harmony - resolving inner and outer conflict using insight oriented practices. 

The Gift of Silence

The retreat will be mostly silent except for teachings, meditation reviews and mindful communication. 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 will require everyone to be fully vaccinated, and 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.

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. 

Free Time

There will be plenty of free time to hike or stroll around the area or relax. 

Meditation Experience 

This retreat is for people who have a good amount of meditation experience, and have attended at least one silent retreat. If you're not sure please feel free to email us

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. 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, depending on numbers attending, 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

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. (See health and safety above.)

Registration and Payment

To register enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. You can pay in full now ($550 to $700), or reserve your place with a $200 deposit.  In the event that we need to cancel we will refund all payments. 

Please pay the highest amount you are able within the range of $550 to $750. 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 $550  please email us at info@sfbuddhistcenter.org and we will do what we can.

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.)  Checks are payable to San Francisco Buddhist Center - Triratna.

Weekend option

If you cannot stay for the full week there may be the option to leave on Monday 26, depending on numbers.  Send us an email for more information or to be on the waiting list.  It's likely to be quite cold but if you are prepared to camp and/or can drive please let us know in your email as that  may make a difference to whether we can accommodate you. 

April 9 to 22
Sun, Apr 9, 2023

Spring Silent Meditation Immersion Retreat

Two weeks - April 9 to 22, with option to stay first week only

Poetics of Awakening, Led by Paramananda

Awake my dear
Be kind to your sleeping heart
Take it out to the vast fields of light and let it breathe
- Hafiz

The Buddha was known as the awakened one, but what does it mean to really wake up? Buddhism is clear that this awakening is more than just intellectual knowledge, more importantly it is an opening of the heart and imagination to our own deepest nature and our place in the world. During this retreat we will be looking at how we might deepen into ourselves and open to the world through our practice of meditation and ritual.

This retreat is a rare chance to spend 2 weeks meditating together with Paramananda's inimitable guidance, enjoying lots of silence, and supporting each other to go deeper while surrounded by the natural beauty of Dharmadhara.

Silence

The retreat will be mostly silent except for teachings, meditation reviews and mindful communication. 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 will require everyone to be fully vaccinated, and 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.

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. 

Free Time

There will be plenty of free time to hike or stroll around the area or relax. 

Meditation Experience 

This retreat is for people who have a good amount of meditation experience, and have attended at least one silent retreat. If you're not sure please feel free to email us

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. 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, depending on numbers attending, 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

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. (See health and safety above.)

Registration and Payment

To register enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. You can pay in full now, or reserve your place with a $200 deposit.  In the event that we need to cancel we will refund all payments. 

Please pay the highest amount you are able within the range shown - this helps us to cover the cost of the retreat leader, the cook, and others needing help with costs.  

Cost for the full retreat (13 nights April 9 - 22) $1300 to $975

For the first week only (7 nights April 9 - 15) $750 to $550

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.)  Checks are payable to San Francisco Buddhist Center - Triratna.