Friday, Feb 12, 2016

Calendar: Winter Dec – Feb 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.


Program Calendar


January 3 – Dale Borglum

Dale Borglum is the founder and Executive Director of The Living/ Dying Project. He is a pioneer in the conscious dying movement and has worked directly with thousands of people with life- threatening illness and their families for over 30 years. In 1981, Dale founded the first residential facility for people who wished to die consciously in the United States, The Dying Center. He has taught and lectured extensively on the topics of spiritual support for those with life-threatening illness, caregiving as a spiritual practice, and healing at the edge of illness, of death, of loss, of crisis. Dale has a BS from UC Berkeley and a PhD from Stanford University. He is the co-author of Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guidebook and has taught meditation for the past 35 years.

January 10 – Dhammachari Danadasa

Dhammachari Danadasa has been practicing with the San Francisco Buddhist Center (SFBC) community since 1993 and was ordained in 2011. What brought him to Buddhism was a deep sense of isolation and dissatisfaction with my life. What brought him to ordination was a deep knowing that Buddhist practice is of utmost value and a burning desire to align his actions with the teachings of the Buddha. About 3 years ago, he became fascinated with the secular mindfulness movement. What is the mindfulness movement doing well, and what is it leaving unsaid? What is the difference between relaxation techniques and mindfulness training? He has been teaching a mindfulness class at the SFBC for two years.

January 17 – Open Discussion

January 24 – Benjamin Young

Benjamin Young 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.

January 31 – 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

February 7 – Bill Weber

Bill Weber is a senior Vipassana practitioner and a graduate from Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders program. He has twenty years of extensive retreat practice and currently practices at home with his husband or sits with a small group of gay men. He is also a documentary filmmaker and video editor, whose latest projects are The Galapagos Affair and To Be Takei.

February 14 – Open Discussion

February 21 – 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.

February 28 – Jonathan Reynolds – “Right Livelihood: Practicing Mindfulness in Our Professional Life”

Jonathan Reynolds is a business, leadership, and career coach in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Jonathan specializes in helping  individuals and organizations worldwide make better personal and professional decisions.  Since 1997, Jonathan has studied and been trained in the discipline of mindfulness, and more recently he earned a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University.  Jonathan’s services are delivered  remotely  via phone, SKYPE, and asynchronous  learning  platforms.



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