Calendar: June-August 2015
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
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.