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

practicing together

  • sangha night - wednesdays, 7pm to 9pm, open to all, meditation at 7pm followed by dharma talk, discussion (sangha night)

    nov 1 to nov 28: reflecting on impermanence

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

new online meditation classes

  • Open to all - tues and thurs 12:15 to 12:45 and sun 6 to 6:30 (special events)

residential retreats

  • winter meditation immersion retreat, fri, dec 22 to fri 29, with option to stay for just the weekend - dec 22 to 24 (retreats)

classes and courses

  • four-week course - mindfulness in everyday life, 7pm to 9pm, nov 28 to dec 19 (classes and courses)
  • thursday drop-in introduction to buddhist meditation, every thursday, 7pm to 8pm (classes and courses)

special events

  • sfbc annual fundraiser, sat dec 9, 6pm to 9pm (special events)
  • new online meditation classes, tue and thur at noon, sun at 6pm. (special events)

day retreats

  • anapanasati - mindfulness with breathing, sat, dec 16, 10am to 4pm (day retreats)

affinity groups

  • young sangha occasional gatherings for people in their 20's and 30's. (affinity groups)
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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.