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. Sunday meters start their toll at noon; you can prepay with coins; some meters allow you to use credit cards or SF parking meter cards.
01/26 Sean Feit
Sean teaches the Dharma as a path of inquiry and integration, and draws on 20 years of devotion to meditation and yoga. He was a monk in Burma in 2002, and has
studied with many wonderful teachers including Jack Kornfield, Sylvia Boorstein and Eugene Cash (Dharma, meditation), David Moreno and Alice Joanou (yoga), and
Steve Hoskinson (Somatic Experiencing). Sean teaches at Yoga Tree, Yoga Garden SF, Piedmont Yoga, and SF Insight, and leads kirtan, offering the practice of
Bhakti Yoga as an integral aspect of a heart-centered Path. Sean is authorized to teach meditation & Dharma by Jack Kornfield.
Sean is certified as an SEP (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner) and E-RYT200/RYT500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher). He is a graduate of the Dedicated Practitioner’s
Program and the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Training at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
2/2 Baruch Golden
Baruch Golden is a long-time GBF Member that has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1998, and completed the Community Dharma Leaders program in 2012 through Spirit Rock Meditation Center. He teaches dharma in the Bay Area. Baruch is a registered nurse and has been doing hospice work for the past 14 years.
2/9 Jeff Lindemood
Jeff Lindemood is one of the group facilitators of the Sunday Sittings at GBF, and will be presenting a slide-show of his recent journey to northern India.
2/16 Donald Rothberg
Donald Rothberg, Ph.D., a member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock, has practiced Insight and Metta Meditation since 1976, and has also received training in Tibetan Dzogchen and Mahamudra practice and the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, Kenyon College, and Saybrook Graduate School, he writes and teaches on meditation, daily life practice, spirituality and psychology, and socially engaged Buddhism. He is the author of The Engaged Spiritual Life: A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World. For more information visit www.donaldrothberg.com
2/23 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 http://davericho.com/
3/2 Bill Scheinman
Bill Scheinman is a mindfulness meditation teacher and life coach in San Francisco. He teaches 8-week classes in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) as well as courses in mindfulness for reducing stress at Bay Area businesses. He is the co-founder of Stress Reduction at Work and is the author of the mindfulness guide, Moment By Moment. He is a graduate of the Dedicated Practitioner’s Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is the former President of the Board of the San Francisco Insight Meditation Community. For more information, visit http://www.stressreductionatwork.com/about.html
3/9 Tom Bruein
Tom Bruein has been practicing with the Gay Buddhist Fellowship since 2005. In this talk he will explore Tonglen, or ‘taking and sending’ meditation. Tonglen practice assists in developing bodhicitta, or compassion for the benefit of all sentient beings. The practice centers on using one’s own challenges, struggles and pain to help understand and connect with the suffering of others, and in so doing move toward awakening.
3/16 Open Discussion
3/23 David Zimmerman – “Getting To What Matters From a Zen Perspective”
Kanzan David Zimmerman has been practicing Zen for over 20 years, half of which have been in residence at San Francisco Zen Center. He was ordained as a Soto Zen priest in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi by Rev. Teah Strozer in 2006, and spent eight years at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, where he held a number of positions including monastery director and Head Monk (Shuso). David is now Program Director for SFZC and lives at the City Center temple. He also serves on the SFZC Diversity and Multiculturalism Committee, is a co-facilitator of Queer Dharma, and supports Dr. Lee Lipp with classes and workshops on “Transforming Depression and Anxiety.”
3/30 David Lewis – Part 1 of a 3-part series on the “Three Characteristics of Existence.”
David Lewis has been following the dharma path for 40 years and has a degree in comparative religious studies. He attended his first retreat in the Shambhala tradition at the age of 17 and has been practicing insight meditation since moving to San Francisco over 25 years ago. David teaches an insight meditation course at the Mission Dharma sangha, led the Gay Buddhist Fellowship’s 2013 fall residential retreat, and facilitates a weekly meditation group for seniors. He is a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dedicated Practitioners Program. David will be offering a three part series of talks on the three characteristics of existence: anicca (impermanence), dukkha (unsatisfactoriness), and anatta (not-self). The three characteristics are a core teaching of all Buddhist traditions. They are not a dogma, but rather a very pragmatic view of reality that is revealed through observation of our direct experience. The Buddha taught that deeply understanding the three characteristics, or the nature of reality, leads to wisdom and therefore freedom from suffering.