Calendar: December 2018, January & February 2019

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.

Our sittings are held at the San Francisco Buddhist Center, 37 Bartlett Street, San Francisco–between 21st St and 22nd St. (Look for the red door near 21st Street. Bartlett Street is between Mission and Valencia Streets).


MUNI: 14 Mission or 49 Van Ness-Mission, alight at 22th St, walk ½ blocks.

BART: 24th and Mission,walk 3½ blocks.

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

December 2
David Lewis
David Lewis has been following the dharma path for 45 years and has a degree in comparative religious studies. He teaches Insight Meditation and enjoys sharing the dharma at several sanghas around the Bay Area. He is a proud long time member of GBF.

December 9
JD Doyle
JD Doyle serves as a Core Teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC)and has served as a Board member and was the co-founder of the LGBTQI meditation group. JD is in the Spirit Rock Meditation Center teacher-training program and was in the Dedicated Practitioner Program (DPP2) and the Community Dharma Leader Program (CDL4). JD has practiced Buddhism since 1995 in the U.S., Thailand, and Burma. For over twenty-five years, they worked as a public school teacher focusing on issues of equity and access. JD holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies from Cornell University and a Masters degree in Language and Literacy and Sociocultural Studies from the University of New Mexico. JD identifies as gender non-conforming. They are committed to celebrating the diversity of our human sangha, addressing the impact of racism on our communities, expanding concepts of gender, and living in ways that honor the sacredness of the Earth.

December 16
Charles Garfield
Charles Garfield, PhD, is Founder of Shanti and the Shanti National Training Institute; founding faculty at Metta Institute End of Life Counseling Program; Research Scholar, Starr King School for the Ministry at the the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley; and a mathematician on the Apollo Eleven first lunar landing program. Dr. Garfield is a Clinical Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of California Medical School, and a faculty member at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He has published ten books including Sometimes My Heart Goes Numb: Love and Caregiving in a Time of AIDS; Psychosocial Care of the Dying Patient; and Stress and Survival: The Emotional Realities of Life Threatening Illness.

December 23
Open Discussion (Christmas)

Open Discussion (New Year’s)

January 6
Baruch Golden—Four Part Series: Intimacy and the Dharma, Part One
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 primarily at the East Bay Meditation Center. Baruch is a registered nurse and did hospice work for the past 14 years.

January 13
Baruch Golden—Four Part Series, Part Two
Intimacy in Relationships and the Dharma, with JD Doyle

January 20
Baruch Golden—Four Part Series, Part Three
Sexuality, Intimacy and the Dharma: Baruch Golden and Daigan Gather
Rev. 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.

January 27
Baruch Golden—Four Part Series, Part Four
Daigan Gaither and Baruch Golden: A Conversation with the Sangha

February 3 – Open Discussion

February 10 – Jennifer Berezan
Jennifer Berezan is a unique blend of musician, teacher, and activist. She has created 10 albums—a combination of singer songwriter CDs as well as long- playing healing works. She recently released “Song For All Beings Live,” the live video of the recent performances that included over 100 artists, activists and spiritual teachers. Her lifelong involvement in environmental, women’s, justice movements and earth-based spirituality are at the heart of her work. She has been a Buddhist practitioner for over 30 years. She teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the department of Philosophy and Religion.

February 17 – Dave 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

February 24 – Kirk Phillips
John Kirk Phillips has been sitting zazen for about 30 years. His first exposure to Buddhism was through Alan Watts in 1968. In 1986 he had the good fortune to meet Issan Dorsey who inspired him to practice zazen, and was also influenced and guided by the work of Ram Dass. His focus is applying Buddhist practice to death and dying. He has been working as a Nurse practitioner at Kaiser since 1998. He studied for 11 years with Darlene Cohen, and was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest in 2009. He is currently a priest with Great Spirit Sangha in San Francisco led by Cynthia Kear.