Learn About Buddhism


We offer these introductory Buddhism classes:

::Buddhism courses ::

And these Buddhist Meditation courses and classes:

::Meditation courses ::

And these Mindfulness courses:

::Mindfulness courses ::

and if you already have some experience:

:: Sangha Night :: Day Retreats :: Residential Retreats ::

Five Week Introductory Buddhism Courses

Tuesday evenings 7:00-9pm
Cost $145 - $95* (includes course book)

These courses are offered 2 or 3 times a year. For more Course Dates see Calendar
Class size is usually 8-12 people

Essential Dharma: Exploring the Concepts that Guide Buddhist Practice

Next course begins: Tuesday April 14 (led by Prasadachitta)

We can experience the benefits of mindfulness meditation without exploring other buddhist teachings, but an understanding of the wisdom behind these practices helps give us a sense of their full potential. The aim of this course is to examine key principles that guide buddhist practice and get a feel for the liberating path the Buddha taught. We will also look at practical ways to bring this wisdom into our lives. In addition to conveying key concepts there will be an emphasis on allowing participation to guide our discussion. Most weeks will include a led meditation. No experience is necessary. The course is open to anyone with an interest in Buddhism.

Pre-registration required for this course. (How to register for SFBC events.)

Four Week Introductory Mindfulness Courses

Monday evenings 7:00-9pm
Cost $100 - $65* (includes course book)

These courses are offered 2 or 3 times a year.

Life with Full Attention: A Practical Course in Mindfulness

Next course begins Monday March 16 (led by Danadasa and Viveka)

Is your life filled with rushing about and multitasking? Is your attention being pulled in different directions by competing demands and desires? The path of mindfulness is a path of gathering up these competing demands and desires and transforming them into a harmonious whole. Mindfulness is the ability to give our undivided attention to the present moment and to wholeheartedly engage with what needs doing. It enhances all experience. In this course we will learn how to apply mindfulness to our day-to-day activities and bring greater joy, depth, and spaciousness into our lives. No previous meditation experience required. The course is based on the book: Life with Full Attention: A Practical Course in Mindfulness, by Maitreyabandhu.

Pre-registration required. (How to register for SFBC events.)


*A note about fees and donations
Unless otherwise stated, all fees and donations go toward operating costs of the San Francisco Buddhist Center, a nonprofit organization. Teaching at this Center is done by volunteers. For events with a sliding scale, please pay what you can afford within that range, or contact us in advance to arrange a further reduced rate. The suggested donation given for most of our regular events is there as a guide and you should feel free to pay more if you can and less if you need to. Make checks out to the "FWBO" (Friends of the Western Buddhist Order.) Please give your name and the reason for your donation. Thank you!