Special Events

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

Special Events

A practical meditation course open to anyone: 4 Tuesdays 6:30pm to 8pm, through zoom
Tue, Nov 10, 2020

Would you like to find ways to respond more creatively to the difficulties, and the joys, in life? 

One of the many benefits of meditation is learning to pause and give ourselves the opportunity to respond from a place of wisdom and kindness.  As we become more mindful and aware we can begin to free ourselves from some of our old habits and allow new possibilities to emerge. Our relationship with ourselves and others, and the world around us becomes easier, more appreciative and attentive.

Mindfulness of the Breathing Body, (or just Mindfulness of Breathing), is a beautifully simple and deeply transformative practice. We use the sensations of breathing to ground our awareness in the body, so that we are able to meet the stresses of everyday life with more kindness, clarity and stability. 

Through regular practice in class and at home we can begin to create a more intimate inner connection, and become more mindful of the beauty, the habits, and the wonder available in each day.

This is a friendly, practical, easy to follow four-week course. Ideally you will be able to attend at least 3 of the 4 classes. There will be led meditations each evening with time for questions and sharing our discoveries in a safe and welcoming space. 

Suitable for complete beginners to meditation as well as anyone wishing to refresh their practice.

Please register by Sunday Nov 8 and we will send you the zoom link to join the course.

To register: enter the amount you wish to donate in the Event Donation box and click add to cart. Suggested donation is $120 to $90.  Donations are very much appreciated but if you are experiencing financial difficulties please feel free to enter a lower amount or enter 0 and click 'pay later' on the payment page. (If you don't click "pay later" the registration may not go through.)

Thank you!  

Links to recordings
Mon, Nov 16, 2020

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.

Moderator: Vimalasara

Panelists: Amaragita, Danadasa, Nandaraja, Padmadhara, Singhashri, Sujiva, Suryagupta, Viveka

Conversation 2 with white Order members Saturday September 5th

Watch the recording here

Moderator: Vimalasara

Panelists: Maitrisara, Parami, Prasadachitta, Ratnadharini, Ratnaguna, Saraka, Subhuti, Upayadhi


Conversation 3 with order members of mixed culture and race

Watch the recording here.

Moderator: Vimalasara

Panelists: Amaradipa, Amitamati, Bodhilila, Candramalin, Dayavasini, Dhivajri, Lokamitra, Maitriveer-Nagarjuna, Prasadacarin


Part of the Dharma Toolkit on The Buddhist Center Online


Online Retreat: Saturday December 12 and Sunday December 13
Sat, Dec 12, 2020

A two-day online retreat with Vimalasara Mason-John and Kevin Griffin. 

Saturday December 12 and Sunday December 13, 9am to 1pm Pacific, 5pm to 9pm UK.

Meditation: A Path to Recovery

Vimalsara (Valerie Mason-John) is the chairperson of Triratna Vancouver Buddhist Centre. She is the author of 8 books, including her dharma books, Detox Your Heart (working with anger, fear and hatred) and award winning book, Eight Step Recovery Using The Buddha’s teachings to Overcome Addiction. She works as a public speaker, and a trainer in leadership, anti bullying, restorative justice and Mindfulness Based Addiction Recovery (MBAR).

Kevin Griffin is an author, Buddhist Teacher, and leader in the Mindful Recovery Movement.

Please email Claire at the Vancouver Buddhist Center for more information. (This is not an SFBC event.)


Registration and Payment

Please register below by noon Dec 10 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 USD)

I'm concerned about money (30 CAD, 25 USD)

I still have a job (65 CAD, 50 USD)

The full price I am doing ok  (130 CAD, 100 USD)

I'm doing well and I want to support this retreat (185 CAD, 150 USD)

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 Vimalasara (Vancouver Buddhist Center) and Kevn Griffin's work. Thank you!

Supporting Commitment to change
Sun, Dec 20, 2020

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

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