The SFBC offers a relaxed and friendly place for people who want to participate in a Buddhist community - or want clear instruction about Buddhism and meditation and how they can apply it in their life. We are part of the Triratna Buddhist Community (formerly called "Friends of the Western Buddhist Order") and have been located at 37 Bartlett (@ Valencia/21st) in the Mission District since 1994.

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practicing together

  • sangha night - wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, open to all, meditation at 7pm followed by dharma talk, discussion (sangha night)
    • may 4, 18 and 25: transforming intolerance and racism: training our hearts and minds, with viveka and guest teachers
    • may 11: visioning for buddhist action month, with danadasa
    • june 1 to 29: buddhist action month

residential retreats

  • weekend retreat: beginner's mind, at jikoji, with prasadachitta, fri, jun 3 to sun, jun 5, register by mon, may 23 (retreats).

affinity groups

  • young sangha, sat, may 7, 10am to 2pm, for people in their 20's and 30's, (affinity groups)

day retreats

  • meditating in nature, sat, may 21, with vimalamoksha, open to all, meet at sfbc at 10am (day retreats)

Classes and Courses

  • may 24 to june 14: the mindfulness of breathing, 7pm to 9pm (courses)
  • every thursday, drop-in introduction to buddhist meditation, 7pm to 8pm (courses)


  • weekday morning meditations, mon to fri, 7:30am to 8:15am, open to all - continue throughout the holidays and through january (ongoing activities)
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More About the San Francisco Buddhist Center

Our community is dedicated to supporting the development of spiritual friendship among those who wish to experience the benefits of Buddhist practice and believe that it can make a constructive contribution to the modern world. Our system of practice emphasizes the following spiritual practices in addition to both samatha and vipassana meditation: friendship/sangha, creativity/art, study, and ritual. Check out this article on sfstation.com about meditation centers - it describes the SFBC as an unpretentious and friendly place to learn meditation or practice within a community.

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