Each year we aim to offer a variety of arts and special interest events to include the whole community.
Exploring Metta and Compassion, Sat Feb 6, 10am to 12
Saturday February 5, 10am to 12 noon
Tejananda invites us to explore the qualities of love and compassion in their depths through meditation, discovering what is readily available to us when we are grounded in our senses and able to "look" at our experience in particular ways.
The morning will include Tonglen compassion meditation.
Tejananda has been visiting San Francisco to lead retreats for many years. He lives and teaches at Vajraloka Retreat Centre in Wales and leads retreats and events around the world, and now online. We're very happy that he is able to join us for another short online retreat.
Some meditation experience recommended.
Please register below by noon Feb 4 if you would like to attend this online class and we will send you the link by 2pm that day.
If you miss the registration deadline or have questions please email us and we'll respond if we're able.
To register: enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Thank you!
Suggested donation $50 to $20 or whatever you an afford. All donations are greatly appreciated but if you are facing financial difficulties please feel free to enter 0, and make sure to click 'pay later' on the payment page (to make sure your registration goes through).
March 20 to 21, with Amaragita
A two day retreat on zoom, with Amaragita. March 20 and 21, 9am to 12 noon.
Through guided meditation, reflection, and paired work we will explore the kinds of communication that allows us to respond most appropriately to our friends and offer speaking and listening that supports their exploration of the dharma life.
This is a West Coast Sangha Retreat for Seattle, Vancouver, Tacoma and San Francisco Buddhist Center Sanghas.
Amaragita has been in love with meditation for the last 33 years. She loves to have conversations with people that open up possibility. She is a mother of two children and has been ordained in the Triratna Buddhist Order for 20 years. She leads retreats for mothers, intergenerational retreats and meditation courses. She is a trainer and facilitator and teaches coaching and communication skills. She currently is the Chair of Buddhafield a charity committed to land based Buddhist practices and ecological renewal, and lives in the UK.
REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT
Please register below by noon March 18 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.
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 Amaragita and the four West Coast Buddhist Centers
Links to recordings
Courageous Conversations about Race is a series of 3 discussions curated by Vimalasara where members of the Triratna Buddhist Order will be talking about race from their personal experience.
These conversations have been inspired by the recent uprisings against systemic and structural racism and the impact this has had on our Triratna Buddhist communities around the world. They are also a continuation of recent talks rooted in friendship between Viveka and Paramananda, and between Suryagupta and Subhuti.
It’s hoped that as many institutions are reflecting on systemic racism, we as a Buddhist community can reflect on how we can make Triratna more diverse, and our sanghas more reflective of the populations that live where some of our centers are situated.
Questions will be invited from the audience. These panel discussions are open to the whole of the Triratna Community and to all who wish to attend.
Conversation 1 with BIPOC/BAME Order members Saturday, July 25, 2020
Watch the recording here.
Panelists: Amaragita, Danadasa, Nandaraja, Padmadhara, Singhashri, Sujiva, Suryagupta, Viveka
Conversation 2 with white Order members Saturday September 5th
Watch the recording here
Panelists: Maitrisara, Parami, Prasadachitta, Ratnadharini, Ratnaguna, Saraka, Subhuti, Upayadhi
Conversation 3 with order members of mixed culture and race
Watch the recording here.
Panelists: Amaradipa, Amitamati, Bodhilila, Candramalin, Dayavasini, Dhivajri, Lokamitra, Maitriveer-Nagarjuna, Prasadacarin
Part of the Dharma Toolkit on The Buddhist Center Online
Supporting Commitment to change
In support of a recent statement from PACT (Pan American Chairs - Triratna) 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 open to all
Courageous Conversations About Race: A series curated by Vimalasara, July 25, Sep 5 and Sep 26
- Wednesday Sangha vigil supporting Black Lives Matter, 1pm (email for details)
The Buddhist Center Online a series of conversatios: Getting Real - Soulful Meditation and Conversation with Viveka and Paramananda, following the pilot inspired by James Baldwin and his poem "For Nothing is Fixed"
Viveka - Mindfulness and the Creative Disruption of Bias - racism from the perspective of the Dharma (Facebook video - SFBC talk 2016)
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.
A Selection of Local and Online Events and Resources recommended by Sangha Members
- (White) Awareness is Revolutionary https://www.awarenessisrevolutionary.com a new website put together by a collective of white and white-presenting members of the Triratna Buddhist Community (TBC) committing to support racial justice.
- An excellent compendium put together by members of Triratna on the East Coast: (Some Additional) Resources for Buddhists Committing to Racial Justice.
- Showing up for Racial Justice Bay Area and San Francisco
- Race - the power of an illusion, award-winning documentary discussing the origins, beliefs and consequences of what we call race.
Race Forward Building Racial Equity virtual trainings - how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities - spaces July and August.
- A list of Anti-racism resources for white people
- Support Black-Owned Vegan Restaurants
- Petition to Rename George Washington High School after former student and national hero Maya Angelou
- Support for undocumented residents: Undocufund (SFBC is donating part of June Sangha Night income to this local non-profit.)
- EJI Equal Justice Initiative: https://eji.org
- Incarceration: companies exploiting prison labor.