Special Events

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

Special Events

Book Launch and Open Mic on zoom
Tue, Mar 2, 2021

Tuesday March 2, 7pm to 8pm on zoom

Join us to celebrate the publication of MJ Moore's new book of beautiful poems: Topography of Dreams.  

After a brief introduction and a few questions from Acarasiddhi, MJ will read some of her poems for us. Then we'll open up to others to share poems or short prose (about 2 minutes each), before closing with another poem from MJ. 

Mj is a Mitra at the SFBC, a poet, artist, teacher, mother, and many other things. 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 829 9416 3792
Passcode: 059805

"Ranging from lush memories to direct insights, MJ Moore’s poems sweep across continents, life’s stages, the natural world. She invites us to join her in travels to Vietnam, to India, to desert border-crossings and more. In other poems, we find ourselves enjoying old grainy home movies, upstate New York’s apple markets, and the “velvet flames” of cello music. Along the way, her poems inspire, evoke, and encourage as they reach gently into the heart. Filled with clarity and startling perception, this collection is a treasure, each poem a pleasure to read and read again."

—   Tony Press (Acarasiddhi), Author of Crossing the Lines


MJ Moore has lived in Miami, Atlanta, Boston, and now the San Francisco Bay Area. Her various incarnations have included technical writer, environmental activist, farm apprentice, teacher, poet, Buddhist practitioner, wife and mother. Her odd collection of skills includes milking goats, driving a tractor, editing books on meditation and library format integration, directing first-grade plays, and chanting mantras in Pali. As a bicoastal being, she thrives on salt air, wind and waves, but also loves mountains and deserts. For her, poetry is a source of vision and joy, a way to engage the inner life of the heart and celebrate beauty in the world.

Order direct from MJ or Amazon.

Atención Plena (mindfulness) para sanar
Thu, Mar 4, 2021

Decir que COVID-19 ha sido una montaña rusa emocional es decir poco. Mientras te encuentras trabajando en casa, haciendo "home office", atendiendo "home schooling" para los niños y desinfectando todas tus compras, tu mente está dando vueltas con pensamientos de preocupaciones: "¿Qué va a pasar con mis ahorros?", "¿Qué tal si pierdo mi empleo?", y el peor de todos: "¿qué tal si me da tos, fiebre u algún otro síntoma de esta enfermedad?".

Hoy es más importante que nunca tener la capacidad de regular nuestras emociones y cultivar estados mentales de calma, conexión y amabilidad.

Te invitamos a este curso de  4 semanas en donde aprenderemos la consciencia plena ("mindfulness") y meditación de la manera más clara y sencilla para que sea fácil de entender y practicar en casa y en todas las situaciones de tu vida.  Si eres nueva al Mindfulness o ya lo conoces, entonces este curso es para tí. 

Un curso para aquellos y aquellas que eligen vivir y sanar. Espero que hagas esa elección y tomes el curso.

Por favor inscríbete antes del 3 de marzo  y te enviaremos la liga de zoom para unirte al grupo.

Para inscribirte: introduce la cantidad que deseas donar en el cuadro que dice "Event Donation" y da click en "Add to cart". La donación que se sugiere es de $120 a $90. Las donaciones son muy apreciadas, pero si estás teniendo alguna dificultad económica, por favor, siéntete libre de donar una menor cantidad o pon 0 y da click en "Pay later" en la página de pagos. (Si no pones "pagar después" tu inscripción no quedará registrada.)

Muchas gracias!

March 20 to 21, with Amaragita
Sat, Mar 20, 2021

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 allow 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 is a highly respected and experienced trainer and facilitator. She teaches meditation, coaching and communication skills, and loves to have conversations with people that open up possibility. A mother of two, she leads retreats for mothers, intergenerational retreats and meditation courses. She is currently the Chair of Buddhafield, a charity committed to land based Buddhist practices and ecological renewal, and lives in the UK. She was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order 20 years ago.


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. 

Suggested Donations*:

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

The Lion's Roar: Speaking Up in a Troubled World
Sat, Jun 5, 2021

Beginning June 5.

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