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Calendar: June-November 2015

Sunday Sittings

10:30 am to 12 noon
Every Sunday at 10:30am we meditate together for 30 minutes, followed by a talk or discussion till 12 noon. Everyone is then welcome to stay and socialize over refreshments till approximately 12:30, after which those who are interested usually go somewhere local for lunch. We ask for a $10 or more donation to pay for our monthly bills.

Our sittings are held at the San Francisco Buddhist Center,37 Bartlett Street, San Francisco.(Look for the red door near 21st St between Mission and Valencia Streets).

MUNI: 14 Mission or 49 Van Ness-Mission, alight at 21st St, walk ½ block.

BART:24th and Mission,walk 3½ blocks.

PARKING:on street or in adjacent New Mission Bartlett Garage.

PROGRAM CALENDAR Sunday Speakers

2015

JUNE 7 -David Lewis: The Paramis (10 Perfections), Part 3

David Lewis has been following the dharma path for over 40 years and has a degree in comparative religious studies.  He started out in the Tibetan Shambhala tradition and has been practicing vipassana meditation since moving to San Francisco  over 25 years ago.  For the past 7 years he has been practicing intensively.  David is a member of the Mission Dharma sangha, where he teaches an introduction to insight meditation class.  He is a long time member of the Gay Buddhist Fellowship and also leads a weekly sitting group for seniors every Friday morning.  David is a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dedicated Practitioners Program and has been on the teaching team for Spirit Rock retreats.

JUNE 14 – All Sangha Day (will end at the usual 12:30pm)

JUNE 21 – Dharma Duo: Jeff Lindemood and Michael Murphy

JUNE 28 – Eugene Cash

Eugene Cash is a Spirit Rock teacher and the founding teacher (since 1992) of San Francisco Insight. Eugene co-found the Dedicated Practitioners’ Program for senior students at Spirit Rock. Currently he co-leads the Community Dharma Leaders program training people from around the world to teach mindfulness in their respective communities. In addition, Eugene teaches the Diamond Approach®. He is passionate about teaching awareness, inquiry and waking up in daily life.

JULY 5 – Open Discussion

JULY 12 – Emilio Gonzalez

Emilio Gonzalez has been practicing Qig Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan since 1973. A senior student of Grand Master Kai Ying Tung, he taught Tai Chi at 50 Oak Street in San Francisco for over twenty years. In the 1990s, he established a special Qig Qigong for Health class for people with HIV and other chronic illnesses. He also taught at San Francisco State University, at Mills College, and at various national conferences on Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1996, he produced a best-selling Qig Qigong video that was broadcast nationwide on PBS.

JULY 19 – Tom Moon

Tom Moon has been a practitioner of Vipassana meditation for fifteen years, and his spiritual home is Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He is a psychologist in San Francisco, working primarily with gay men. His chief commitment is in exploring the interface between Buddhist practice and psychotherapy.

JULY 26 – Jon Bernie

Jon Bernie, author of Ordinary Freedom, is a contemporary spiritual teacher focused on the unfolding of natural wakefulness — the already enlightened basic state that lies at the core of human experience. He has four decades of practice and study in the contemplative traditions of Soto Zen, Theravadan Insight Meditation & Advaita Vedanta, and was formally asked to teach by Adyashanti in 2002. Jon is also an experienced healer and teacher of somatic embodiment via his extensive training in the Alexander Technique, the Qigong system of Dr. Yu Penxi and the Zero Balancing system of Dr. Fritz Smith.

AUG 2 – Open Discussion

AUG 9 – Sandy Boucher

Sandy Boucher, MA, is a Buddhist author, editor, and teacher who has been active for 35 years in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. She is author of Turning the Wheel: American Women Creating the New Buddhism, a groundbreaking exploration of women’s participation in Buddhist practice, as well as She Appears: Encounters with Kwan Yin, Goddess of Compassion.

AUG 16 – Joe Rodriguez

Joe Rodriguez is a Soto Zen student from the Shunryu Suzuki lineage, studying under Furyu Nancy Schroeder (Abiding Abbess, Green Gulch Farm Zen Center) and serving as a board member of the San Francisco Zen Center.  As a business executive and a long-time LGBT activist, his practice is to bring awareness, compassion, and forgiveness to daily life.

AUG 23 – Benjamin Young

Benjamin began meditation as part of his spiritual practice when he was in his early twenties. Over the last forty-four years, he has studied many spiritual paths, pursued a number of meditation practices, led spiritual retreats and given spiritual talks. Benjamin traveled to India for two months in 2001 where he and a close friend took monk’s vows. He has been practicing a Buddhist form of meditation called Anapanasati (Mindfulness of the In and Out Breath) for the past 20 years and assisting others in developing their spiritual practices.

AUG 30 – David Lewis

David Lewis has been following the dharma path for over 40 years and has a degree in comparative religious studies.  He started out in the Tibetan Shambhala tradition and has been practicing vipassana meditation since moving to San Francisco over 25 years ago.  For the past 7 years he has been practicing intensively.  David is a member of the Mission Dharma sangha, where he teaches an introduction to insight meditation class.  He is a long time member of the Gay Buddhist Fellowship and also leads a weekly sitting group for seniors every Friday morning.  David is a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dedicated Practitioners Program and has been on the teaching team for Spirit Rock retreats.

SEPT 6 – Open Discussion

SEPT 13 – Heather Sundberg

Heather Sundberg began teaching meditation in 1999. Beginning her own meditation practice in her late teens, for more than twenty years, Heather has studied with senior teachers in the Insight Meditation and Tibetan traditions, and has sat one-three months of retreat a year for the last fifteen-plus years. She has completed the four-year Spirit Rock/ Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training. She is a teacher for Mountain Stream Meditation Center in the Sierra Foothills, and also teaches classes, daylongs and retreats nationally, especially at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. For more information, visit www.heathersundberg.com.

SEPT 20 – Stuart Slovatsky

Stuart Slovatsky is degreed from CIIS and Princeton. He has lived the “inner marriage” kundalini bhakti tantra for forty years, and chanted Sanskrit benedictions privately for Yanez Drnovsec (chair of Unaligned Nations of the World) and for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in India. He is author of Advanced Spiritual Intimacy, which has been endorsed by Robert Thurman and Ken Wilber. In 1977, he received the only federal grant to bring meditation into a juvenile facility.

SEPT 27 – David Richo

Dave Richo, Ph.D, MFT, is a psychologist, teacher, and writer in Santa Barbara and San Francisco who emphasizes Jungian, transpersonal, and spiritual perspectives in his work. He is the author of How to Be an Adult in Relationships. For more information, visit www.davericho.com.

OCT 4 – David Lewis

David Lewis has been following the dharma path for forty years and has a degree in comparative religious studies. He attended his first retreat in the Shambhala tradition at the age of seventeen and has been practicing Insight Meditation since moving to San Francisco over twenty-five years ago. David teaches an Insight Meditation course at the Mission Dharma Sangha, has led the Gay Buddhist Fellowship’s fall residential retreat for several year, and facilitates a weekly meditation group for seniors. He is a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dedicated Practitioners Program.

OCT 11 – Daigan Gaither

Daigan Gaither began Buddhist practice in 1995 in the Vipassana tradition and then began to study Zen in 2003 with Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi. He received Lay Ordination in 2006, when he was given the name Daigan, or “Great Vow.” He received Priest Ordination in July 2011. His work, practice, and free time include many hours devoted to community service in a variety of ways, including his work as one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and as a volunteer at Zen Hospice Project. He has spoken nationwide on a variety of issues and has sat on a number of boards and committees that serve community and social justice.

OCT 18 – Laura Burges

Ryuko Laura Burges, a lay entrusted Buddhist teacher in the Soto Zen tradition, lectures and leads retreats at different practice centers in Northern California. A teacher of children for 30 years, she trains other teachers to bring mindfulness practice into the elementary classroom. Laura co-founded the Sangha in Recovery program at Zen Center, and has a particular interest in the intersection of Buddhism and Recovery. She is the abiding teacher at the Lenox House meditation group in Oakland.

OCT 25 – Open Discussion

NOV 1 – Baruch Golden

Baruch Golden is a longtime GBF Member who has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1998. He completed Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders program in 2012 and the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program with the Sati Center in Redwood City in 2013. He teaches dharma to many sitting groups in the Bay Area. Baruch is a registered nurse and has been doing hospice work for the past 14 years.

NOV 8 – Eve Decker

Eve Decker began practicing Vipassana meditation in 1991. She has been teaching dharma since 2006. She has released two CDs of original, dharma based music. She leads groups on “Metta-for-Self” and a monthly “Sit-and-Sing-Sangha” in her hometown of Berkeley. She is a graduate of the Path of Engagement and Community Dharma Leader training programs at Spirit Rock Center in California. For more on Eve see her website at www.evedecker.com.

NOV 15 – Frank Ostaseski

Frank Ostaseski is a Buddhist teacher, international lecturer, and a leading voice in contemplative end-of-life care. In 1987, he co-founded the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. In 2004, he created the Metta Institute to provide innovative educational programs and professional trainings that foster compassionate, mindfulness-based care. His groundbreaking work has been widely featured in the media, and in numerous print publications.

NOV 22 – Pamela Weiss

Pamela Weiss has practiced in the Zen and Theravada traditions of Buddhism for over 25 years, including several years of Zen monastic training. She completed teacher training with Jack Kornfield through Spirit Rock, leads a Wednesday evening sitting group at SF Insight, and teaches classes, workshops and retreats internationally. Pamela is also an executive coach and the Founder of Appropriate Response, a company dedicated to bringing the principles and practices of Buddhism into the workplace.

NOV 29 – Open Discussion

 
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