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

classes and courses

  • new meditation training course begins february - mindfulness of the breathing body - tue, feb 7 to 28, 7pm to 9pm (classes and courses)
  • new course: practicing together at the sfbc, mon, feb 6 to 27, 7pm to 9pm. (special events)
  • thursday drop-in introduction to buddhist meditation, new program begins thursday feb 2, 2017, 7pm to 8pm (classes and courses)

practicing together

  • weekday morning meditations, mon to fri, 7:30am to 8:15am, open to all - continue throughout the holidays and through january (ongoing activities)
  • sangha night - wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, open to all, meditation at 7pm followed by dharma talk, discussion (sangha night)

    feb 1 to 22: meeting hatred with love

    march 1 to 29: truth and truthiness

special events

affinity groups

  • young sangha practice morning, feb 4, 10am to 2pm (first saturday of the month), for people in their 20's and 30's. (affinity groups)
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.