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

  • wednesday sangha night - full program of talks, meditation and special events, 7pm to 9 - drop in any wednesday. 4 week series feb 8 to 29: transforming self, 3 week series mar 14 to 21: the transformative power of ethics (sangha night)
  • meditation day retreat, sat, mar 17, 10am to 4pm (special events)
  • weekday morning meditations, open to all (ongoing activities)
  • thursday introduction to meditation - thursdays feb 2 through december, 7pm to 8pm (introductory classes)
  • mar 20 - new six-week intro course combining buddhism and meditation (introductory classes)
  • 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 affirms the SFBC as an unpretentious and friendly place to learn meditation or practice within a community.

Regular Weekly and Monthly Program

Our offerings include the following (start dates listed in the calendar of upcoming events):