Sunday, May 20, 2018

Calendar: March 2018-May 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.

March 4 Open Discussion

March 11 David 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

March 18 Dorothy Hunt
Dorothy Hunt serves as Spiritual Director of Moon Mountain Sangha, teaching at the request of Adyashanti, who invited her to share the Dharma in 2004. She is the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy and has practiced psychotherapy for more than 50 years. Dorothy is the author of Only This!, Leaves from Moon Mountain, and Ending the Search: From Spiritual Ambition to the Heart of Awareness (Sounds True, March 2018). She is a mother and a grandmother. Dorothy offers satsang, retreats, and private meetings in the Bay Area and elsewhere by invitation. For more information, please visit

March 25 Baruch Golden
Baruch Golden, a longtime GBF Member who has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 1998. He completed Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders program in 2012 and the Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program with the Sati Center in Redwood City in 2013. He teaches dharma to many sitting groups in the Bay Area. Baruch is a registered nurse and has been doing hospice work for the past 14 years.

April 1 Open Discussion

April 8 Eugene Cash
Eugene Cash is the founding teacher of the San Francisco Insight Meditation Community of San Francisco. He teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and leads intensive meditation retreats internationally. His teaching is influenced by both Burmese and Thai streams of the Theravada tradition as well as Zen and Tibetan Buddhist practice. He is also a teacher of the Diamond Approach, a school of spiritual investigation and self-realization developed by A. H. Almaas.

April 14 (Saturday) GBF Spring Daylong Retreat: “Passion and Compassion” Teacher: Dale Borglum, of 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (arrive by 9:45), 37 Bartlett St, San Francisco, CA 94110 Admission is free. Preregister at

April 15 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.

April 22 Dharma Duo: Hal Hershey and Jonathan

Hal first encountered the Dharma in a philosophy course in college, and has danced with the Buddha on many paths. He learned Zazen at the San Francisco Zen Center in 1966, worked on books by Chogyam Trungpa at Shambhala Publications during the 1970’s, and found the Gay Buddhist Fellowship in 1999, where the loving kindness and compassion of this Sangha, as well as the deep teachings of many enlightened beings, have continued to inspire him.

Jonathan moved to the Bay Area in 1980 to attend UC Berkeley where he left the study of forestry for Social Work (he couldn’t see the people for the trees). He worked largely in the LGBTQI community as a geropsychiatric social worker and in the field of adoption. Disability, widowhood and cumulative bereavement led Jonathan to seek help in the form of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes through the SF Zen Center. After a return to health, a move to Marin and having children, further disability lead him to Buddhism, a deepening of his appreciation of the dharma, and to increasing states of gratitude. He has had a meditation practice for 24 years.

April 29 Pamela Weiss
Pamela Weiss has practiced in the Zen and Theravada traditions of Buddhism for over 25 years, including several years of Zen monastic training. She completed teacher training with Jack Kornfield through Spirit Rock, leads a Wednesday evening sitting group at SF Insight, and teaches classes, workshops and retreats internationally. Pamela is also an executive coach and the Founder of Appropriate Response, a company dedicated to brining the principles and practices of Buddhism into the workplace.

May 6 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 13 Emilio Gonzalez
Emilio began his Tai Chi and Qigong practice in 1973 with Grand Master Kai Ying Tung and still studies with him today. For over forty years He’s taught classes in N. California and conducted workshops for Kaiser, the VA, persons with PTSD and HIV, and at recovery conferences. He taught Qigong at the first GLBT residential retreat at Spirit Rock in 1985.
Since then most mediation centers have added daily Qigong exercises at all residential retreats. May 20 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 30 years ago. For the past 10 years he has been teaching and 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 currently enrolled in the Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Advanced Practitioners Program and has been on the teaching team for Spirit Rock retreats.

May 20 David Lewis
David Lewis
David Lewis has a degree in comparative religious studies and has been a practicing Buddhist for 45 years. He enjoys sharing the dharma with anyone who is interested.

May 27 Open Discussion

June 3 Steven Tierney, EdD, LPCC is Professor of Community Mental Health at CIIS. He is a licensed psychotherapist in California (LPCC) and is a nationally certified counselor (NCC). Steven is an ordained Buddhist priest in the Soto Zen lineage, and is the co-founder and chief education officer of the San Francisco Mindfulness Foundation. The SF Mindfulness Foundation provides mindfulness-based relapse prevention and addiction services and clinical trainings. Tierney’s current interests and volunteer work are in the areas of end of life compassion and care.

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