Calendar: March-May 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
March 1: Open Discussion
March 8: David Lewis
David Lewis has been following the dharma path for over 40 years and has a degree in comparative religious studies. He attended his first retreat in the Tibetan Shambhala tradition at the age of 17, and has been practicing vipassana meditation since moving to San Francisco 25 years ago. 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 MeditationCenter’s Dedicated Practitioners Program and has been on the teaching team for Spirit Rock retreats.
Mar 15: 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 bringing the principles and practices of Buddhism into the workplace.
Mar: 22: 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 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.
Mar 29: Eve Decker
Eve Decker began practicing Vipassana meditation in 1991. She has been teaching dharma since 2006. She has released two CDs of original, dharma based music. She leads groups on ‘Metta-for-Self’ and a monthly ‘Sit-and-Sing-Sangha’ in herhometown of Berkeley CA. She is a graduate of the Path of Engagement and Community Dharma Leader training programs at Spirit Rock Center in California. For more on Eve see her website at www.evedecker.com.
April 5: David Lewis ”Part One of a Series of Talks On The Paramis”
The Paramis (Paramitas in Sanskrit) are the “10 Perfections.” They are virtuous qualitites to be cultivated in order to purify our karma and live a happy and virtuous life. They include the beautiful qualities of patience, generosity, loving kindness, and equanimity, and are considered essential elements of the spiritual life.
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 12: Bill Scheinman
Bill Scheinman has been teaching meditation since 2001. He teaches 8-week courses in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as workplace mindfulness courses at Bay Area businesses. He is a graduate of teacher trainings in MBSR from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, and is a graduate of the Dedicated Practitioner’s Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, a graduate of the Buddhist Alliance for Social Engagement, and is the former President of the Board of the San Francisco Insight Meditation Community under guiding teacher Eugene Cash. He is currently participating in the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock.
April 19: Kevin Griffin
Kevin Griffin is the author of One Breath at a Time: Buddhism and the Twelve Steps (Rodale Press 2004) and A Burning Desire: Dharma God and the Path of Recovery. A longtime Buddhist practitioner and 12 Step participant, he is a leader in the mindful recovery movement and one of the founders of the Buddhist Recovery Network.
April 26: Open Discussion
May 3: David Lewis
see March 8
May 10: Gary Ost
Gary Ost is a retired Episcopal priest living in San Francisco. He began his study of the dharma in 2008, starting with the Shambhala school of Tibetan Buddhism. Since then he has practiced daily shamatha-vipashana meditation. He recently declared his aspiration to help Christians understand Buddhism better and Buddhists to understand Christianity better. Gary has taken informal bodhisattva vows, and is studying the Lojong teachings of the 11th Century Tibetan monk Atisha. Out of those teachings he is currently exploring the transformative psychological effect of Tonglen, a personalized mantra practice accompanied by taking in and sending out the breath. He would like to share some of the benefits of this practice today.
May 17: Jana Drakka
“Gengetsu Junsei” received Dharma Transmission in the Soto Zen Buddhist Lineage from Zenkei Blanche Hartman. Jana’snonprofit 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 www.janadrakka.com.
May 24: Open Discussion
May 31: Carol Newhouse
Carol Osmer Newhouse has studied Insight Meditation for more than 30 years and has been teaching for 20. She was given Dharma transmission by The Venerable Ruth Denison, student of the great meditation master U Ba Khin of Burma. She has studied with Dr. Rina Sircar of CIIS and Dr Thynn Thynn in Daily Life Practice. She is the founding teacher of the Lesbian Buddhist Sangha in Berkeley, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker