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 and mindfulness

practicing together

  • wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, open to all, meditation at 7pm followed by dharma talk, discussion (sangha night)
  • april 22 - mindfulness in everyday life, with Danadasa.
  • april 29 - memories of the sfbc, with paramabodhi and paramananda.

day retreats

  • mindfulness morning, sat, april 25, 9:30am to 1pm, with danadasa, open to all.
  • the alchemical heart, sat may 2, 10am to 4pm, with paramananda, open to all
  • young sangha, sat, jun 6, 10am to 2pm, for people in their 20's and 30's.

special events

  • bike to worship, sat may 30, 10am


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

film and arts

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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