Friday, Dec 09, 2016

Calendar: December 2016-February 2017

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.

December 4 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 30 years ago. For the past 10 years he has been teaching and 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 currently enrolled in the Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Advanced Practitioners Program and has been on the teaching team for Spirit Rock retreats.

December 11 Dorothy Hunt
Dorothy Hunt serves as the Spiritual Director of Moon Mountain Sangha, teaching at the request of Adyashanti. She has practiced psychotherapy since 1967 and is the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Self-inquiry, as taught by Ramana Maharshi, led to the first of a series of awakenings. In meeting Adyashanti, she was invited to see beyond identifications with either the Absolute or the relative. Dorothy is the author of Only This! and Leaves from Moon Mountain, a contributing author to The Sacred Mirror, Listening from the Heart of Silence, and the on-line journal Undivided. She is a featured spiritual teacher in the book, Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom. Dorothy offers satsang, retreats, and private meetings in the Bay area and elsewhere by invitation. For more information, please visit

December 18 John Martin
John Martin teaches Vipassana (Insight), Metta (Loving Kindness), and LGBTQI themed meditation retreats. He leads an on-going weekly Monday evening meditation group in the Castro, teaches an Advanced Practitioners Program group and is the guiding teacher for the LGBTQueer Sangha at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City.  He has had a dedicated practice while being engaged in the working world and emphasizes practice for daily life. He completed the SRMC/IMS/IRC 4-year teacher training in 2016.  John has been a hospice volunteer for many years, first with Shanti Project and more recently with Zen Hospice. 
John just recently finished a three month retreat at the Insight Meditation Society.

December 25 Open Discussion

January 1 Open Discussion

January 8 – 29 Dhammachari Danadasa
Dhammachari Danadasa has been practicing with the San Francisco Buddhist Center (SFBC) community since 1993 and was ordained in 2011. His current area of exploration is the cultivation of metta (universal loving kindness) as a response to all the hatred, discrimination and bigotry in the world out there. “In the Satipatthana Sutta, the Buddha describes mindfulness as the direct path to liberation. What is liberation? What is mindfulness? And how does mindfulness lead to liberation? During the month of January we will be exploring the four spheres of experience described in the Satipattana Sutta – the body, the heart, the mind, and the teachings of the Buddha. We will also
explore the relationship between mindfulness and the three Jewels of Buddhism – The Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. I would like to invite you to consider the month of January as a month long practice period, a time to put a bit more intentionality, discipline and energy into this beautiful and mysterious process of transformation.”
January 8 “The Mind and the Sangha.”
January 15 “The Heart and the Buddha.”
January 22 “The Body and the Dharma.”
January 29 “We are all in this together.”

February 5 Eugene Cash
Eugene Cash is the founding teacher of the San Francisco Insight Meditation Community of San Francisco. He teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and leads intensive meditation retreats internationally. His teaching is influenced by both Burmese and Thai streams of the Theravada tradition as well as Zen and Tibetan Buddhist practice. He is also a teacher of the Diamond Approach, a school of spiritual investigation and self-realization developed by A. H. Almaas.

February 12 Jon Bernie
Jon Bernie 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, Theravada Insight Meditation & Advaita Vedanta. In addition to his work as a spiritual teacher, 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. He has been in private practice since 1981. Jon leads classes, intensives and retreats in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally.

February 19 Open Discussion

February 26 Susan Moon
Susan Moon is a writer, editor, and lay teacher in the Soto Zen tradition. She leads Buddhist retreats and teaches writing workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Her books include This Is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity, The Hidden Lamp: Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women, with co-editor Florence Caplow, and most recently, What Is Zen? Plain Talk for a Beginner’s Mind, with Zoketsu Norman Fischer.

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