Calendar: February-May 2017
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.
February 26 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.
MARCH 5 – Trip Weil
Trip Weil has been practicing in the Theravadan tradition since 2004. He is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader and Dedicated Practitioner programs. Trip serves on the board of San Francisco Insight, where he also leads sitting groups and teaches meditation classes. He is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco and a former attorney.
MARCH 12 – 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.
MARCH 19 – Open Discussion
MARCH 25 – ALL DAY RETREAT (at Bartlett St) – Heather Sundberg
MARCH 26 – 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.
APRIL 2 – 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 9 – 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.
APRIL 16 – Roy King
Courage and Compassion: A Journey
Born and raised in San Francisco, and a 10-year member of the GBF, Roy King has been on a journey of Self-Discovery brought on by experiences of loss and grief. From March 2006 through September 2012, he lived through the deaths of six wonderful friends and family, including his beloved mother, Victoria. Directly involved in the care and dying processes of those loved ones, Roy learned many important lessons that have shaped his life today, and would like to share how those lessons have brought him closer to his inner truth.
APRIL 23 – Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: Spirit Incarnate. Since their first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted themselves to artistic expression, community service, ministry to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. As the original holy card spelled out the group’s mission: “SPI is an Order of gay male nuns devoted to the promulgation of universal joy and the expiation of stigmatic guilt.” The Order has evolved to become more inclusive than only gay males as it brings together a variety of spiritual practices in a forum that benefits the community as it advances the varied practices of the individuals. Sisters planning to attend and share their experiences include Sr. Merry Peter, Sr. Plush Lovebud, Sr. maeJoy B. withU, and our own sangha’s Sr. Mary Media.
APRIL 30 – 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.
MAY 7 – 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.
MAY 14 – 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. In 1995 he produced a three-part television series, “Qigong for Health”, broadcast nationally by PBS, and is still being aired in some cities.
MAY 21 – John Morales
John Frias Morales, Dr.BA, conducted an empirical case study of the GBF under the guidance of Golden Gate University professor Lee Robins, Ph.D. Morales analyzed hundreds of GBF historical documents (1994-2012) and elicited 24 oral histories to answer the question: how does the relationship between gay fellowship and dharma inquiry impact a nonduality consciousness? The purpose of the case study was to determine how fellowship depends on inquiry to elicit gay truths and oneness outcomes. In this talk, Morales will reflect on the transformation and values he observed and documented. Morales has served as a deacon in the Presbyterian church, and participated in several Gay Men’s Spiritual Retreats. He lives with his partner in Sacramento, works as a data scientist in healthcare, and teaches management courses as an adjunct professor.
May 28-Open Discussion