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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calendar highlights

day retreats

  • young people's practice day, sat aug 16, 10am to 2pm (day retreats)

learning meditation

  • every thursday, 7pm to 8pm, drop-in introduction to meditation (introductory courses)
  • next 5 week course in the art of meditation begins tuesday evenings, 7pm to 9pm in the fall (introductory courses)

practicing together

  • wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, open to all, meditation at 7pm followed by dharma talk, discussion (sangha night)
  • july 30 and aug 6 - buddhism by the numbers, with acarasiddhi
  • aug 13 to 27 - reflecting on the dharma.


  • weekday morning meditations, mon to fri, 7:30am to 8:15am, open to all (ongoing activities)

film and arts

learning about buddhism

  • essential dharma: 5-week course in the essentials of buddhism, tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm - no experience necessary (next dates in fall) (courses)

the sfbc space is available to rent.

Come on in!

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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