Calendar: September, October, November 2018

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.

September 2 Open Discussion

September 9 Cindy Spring
Cindy Spring is an author, social activist, and explorer of the unconventional. She authored Wisdom Circles: A Guide to Self-Discovery and Community Building in Small Groups, and coauthored Sometimes My Heart Goes Numb: Love and Caregiving in a Time of AIDS with Charles Garfield. She co-edited the anthology Earthlight: Spiritual Wisdom for an Ecological Age (2007). Since the mid 1990’s, she has been active in local ecology in the San Francisco area and co-founded two ecology nonprofits, EarthTeam and Close to Home, as well as serving as coordinator for Earth Day 2000 for the Bay Area. Her explorations have been in the fields of spirituality, transpersonal psychology and personal growth.

September 16 Laura Burges Ryuko
Laura Burges, a lay entrusted Buddhist teacher in the Soto Zen tradition, lectures and leads retreats at different practice centers in Northern California. A teacher of children for over 30 years, she trains other teachers to bring mindfulness practice into the elementary classroom. Laura co-founded the Sangha in Recovery program at Zen Center and has a particular interest in the intersection of Buddhism and Recovery. She is the abiding teacher at the Lenox House meditation group in Oakland.

September 23 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.

September 30 Open Discussion

October 7 Joe Rodriguez
Joe 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.

October 14 James Baraz
James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978. He is creator and teacher of the Awakening Joy course (since 2003). He leads retreats, workshops and classes in U.S and abroad. He is a Co-founding Teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and co-author of Awakening Joy, the book based on the course (with Shoshana Alexander). He is a Guiding Teacher for One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to expressing a Buddhist response to Climate Change.

October 21 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 Buddhist theories and poetic expressions that communicate links between lofty ideals and our ordinary life. He is also a photographer and aspiring filmmaker.

October 28 Celebration of Sangha Please join us to celebrate the jewel that is GBF! We’ll learn more about our beloved organization and acknowledge our volunteers who make it all possible.

November 4 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 both an Advanced Practitioners Program group and a Dedicated Practitioners Group and is the co-guiding teacher for the LGBTQueer Sangha at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City. John serves on both the Spirit Rock Teachers Council and the Governing Teachers Council. 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 served as hospice volunteer for many years, first with Shanti Project and more recently with Zen Hospice Project.

November 11 & 18 Danadasa Chan—The Four Foundations of Mindfulness 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. Through personal anecdotes and experiential exercises Danadasa will explore our relationship to ourselves and others, with a particular emphasis on our deeply ingrained tendency see others as different from us.

November 25 Open Discussion