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: getting curious, led by viveka and padmatara. fri, nov 7 - sun, nov 9, with option to leave sun, nov 9. register by oct 29. (retreats)
  • winter meditation retreat: awareness and compassion, led by viveka, sat, dec 20 to 27, with option to leave mon 23. (retreats)

learning about buddhism

  • essential dharma - 5 week course begins oct 28 to Nov 25 (or Dec 2): learn the essentials of buddhism, tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm (buddhism courses)

learning meditation

  • the art of meditation - 5 week introductory course begins tue, nov 18 to dec 16: learn the basics of meditation and mindfulness, tuesdays, 7pm to 9pm (meditation courses)
  • every thursday, 7pm to 8pm, drop-in introduction to buddhist meditation (introductory courses)

practicing together

  • wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, open to all, meditation at 7pm followed by dharma talk, discussion (sangha night)
  • oct 15 to nov 5 - what is the sangha? 4-week series

day retreats

  • sat, nov 15, 10am to 4pm, day retreat for men, exploring the personality of awakening, led by prasadachitta, (day retreats)


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

special events

  • eight step recovery book discussion - sat, nov 1, 4pm to 6pm and fri, nov 21, 7pm to 9pm.

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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