Thursday, Apr 28, 2016

Calendar: March – May 2016

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.

March 6
Prasadachitta Dharmachari
As an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Community, Prasadachitta teaches meditation,
yoga and Buddhism at the San Francisco Buddhist Center. His practice and teaching grows out
of a valuing of friendship and community. He is interested in the link between ideal qualities,
such as love and clarity, as inspiring guides, and those same qualities as they manifest
“imperfectly” in everyday relationships.

March 13
Padmatara is a member of the Triratna Buddhist Order and the Center Director of the San
Francisco Buddhist Center. She began meditating in 1989, in an effort to give up smoking, and it
worked, eventually. She now teaches meditation and Buddhism and leads retreats at the SFBC
and other Triratna Centers. She’s currently particularly interested in using communication and
improvisation to deepen practice, and is training in Focusing – a mindful self-therapy based on
cultivating kind awareness towards all our experience.

March 20
Jennifer Berezan
Jennifer Berezan is a unique blend of singer/songwriter, teacher, and activist. Over the course
of ten albums, she has developed and explored recurring themes with a rare wisdom. Her
lifelong involvement in environmental, women’s, and other justice movements as well as an
interest in Buddhism and earth-based spirituality are at the heart of her writing. She teaches at
the California Institute of Integral Studies in the department of Philosophy and Religion. Her ongoing class (since 1997) is entitled “the Healing Ecstasy of Sound” and explores music as a spiritual practice from a wide range of cross cultural, traditional and contemporary perspectives.

March 27
Open Discussion

April 3
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.

April 10
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.

April 17
Jana Drakka
“Gengetsu Junsei” received Dharma Transmission in the Soto Zen Buddhist Lineage from
Zenkei Blanche Hartman. Jana’s nonprofit organization, Jana Drakka Community Services,
provides a wide range of services including support groups, workshops, classes and talks.
Jana’s community work is based in Harm Reduction Principles— a way to meet everyone with
complete acceptance—and allows for a client-centered modality. There are three meditation
groups a week in San Francisco which are free and open to everyone. For details and contact
info visit Jana travels widely to teach ‘Harm Reduction Meditation’ in
Universities, Churches, shelters and Zen Centers. Counseling and retreats are always available
upon request.

April 24
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.

May 1
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

May 8
Martha Boesing
In three decades of Buddhist practice and teaching, Martha Boesing has received lay ordination
at Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul, MN, taken refuge with Pema Chodron at Gampo
Abbey, and continued studies with Pema at the Shambhala Center in Berkeley, CA. Having
spent her professional life as a theater artist, she has written over forty produced plays, and led
workshops and directed plays for theaters throughout the country. She was Founder and Artistic
Director of At the Foot of the Mountain theater in Minneapolis from 1974 to 1984 and has won
several national awards, including an NEA, a Bush fellowship, and the Kennedy Center’s Award
for New American Playwrights. Currently she is performing and teaching at the Faithful Fools
Street Ministry in the Tenderloin of San Francisco, where she is now working with a group of
folks who for the most part have previously been, or are now homeless, on a company-created
play called HOME, to open in mid-May. About 6 months ago Martha started attending 350Bay
Area meetings about climate change and is now a member of their speakers bureau.

May 15
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.

May 22
Heather Sundberg
Heather Sundberg began teaching meditation in 1999. She has completed the four-year Spirit
Rock’s Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training. Beginning her own meditation practice in
her late teens, for twenty years+ Heather has studied with senior teachers in the Insight
Meditation and Tibetan traditions, and has sat 1-3 months of retreat a year for the last fifteen+
years. 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 info, visit

May 29
Open Discussion

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