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

residential retreats

  • women's weekend retreat: compassionate listening, with viveka and padmatara, nov 4 to 6, register by oct 24 (retreats).

practicing together

  • sangha night - wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, open to all, meditation at 7pm followed by dharma talk, discussion (sangha night)
    • october 5 to 26: life, the universe and everything - what's that all about?
    • october 29: day retreat on the same theme (10am to 4pm)
    • nov 2 to 30: facing change

special events

  • silence in the city, oct 22, 9am to 1pm, (special events)
  • day of the dead meditation and shrine building, oct 30, 2pm to 4pm (special events)

classes and courses

  • oct 25 - nov 22: metta bhavana - cultivating loving kindness, 7pm to 9pm (courses)
  • every thursday, drop-in introduction to buddhist meditation, 7pm to 8pm (courses)

affinity groups

  • young sangha practice morning, first saturday of the month, for people in their 20's and 30's, (affinity groups)


  • 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.