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

learning meditation

residential retreats

  • winter meditation retreat: awareness and compassion, led by viveka, sat, dec 20 to 27, with option to leave mon 23. sign up by dec 8. (retreats)

day retreats

  • sat, dec 6, 10am to12 noon, meditation morning for anyone who has taken one of our meditation courses, (day retreats)

special events

  • sfbc annual fundraiser and silent auction - sat, dec 6, 6pm to 9pm. (special events)

practicing together

  • wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, open to all, meditation at 7pm followed by dharma talk, discussion (sangha night)
  • nov 26 - thanksgiving practice night, with padmatara
  • dec 3 - viradhamma
  • dec 10 - emotional intelligence and positivity, with viveka
  • dec 17 - last sangha night of 2014, with prasadachitta


film and arts

the sfbc space is available to rent.

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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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