Thursday, Sep 18, 2014

Calendar: Aug-Sept 2014

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.


Sunday Speakers

AUG 3 – Alistair Shanks

Alistair Shanks has studied Tai Chi, Qigong, Taoist Meditation, Taoist Breathing and Ba Gua with his teacher Lineage Master Bruce Frantzis since 1994. He currently teaches Tai Chi at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine on Potrero Hill and teaches classes, workshops and private lessons around the Bay Area. He has been a volunteer with Zen Hospice Project (ZHP) since 2004 and for the last 4 years has assisted in training new volunteers as a facilitator. He also is an adjunct faculty member of the ZHP Education Center, conducting trainings and presentations on the Zen Hospice approach to end of life care. In 2007 he completed a yearlong Buddhist Chaplaincy training at the Sati Center in Redwood City with Gil Fronsdal and Paul Haller and did his training at SF General Hospital where he also completed a 4 month training with Sojourn Chaplaincy. He worked with a team of chaplains dedicated to the ICU and since 2007 has conducted a weekly meditation group at the hospital for staff, patients and visitors. Since 2005, he has been involved with the Prison Meditation Network leading meditation once a month in the San Francisco County Jail in San Bruno through the Resolve to Stop the Violence Project (RSVP!). He has been practicing Vipassana meditation since 2003 and has sat long retreats at Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society and the Forest Refuge.

AUG 10 – Joe Rodriguez

Joe Rodriguez 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.

AUG 17 – Tom Moon

Tom Moon has been a practitioner ofVipassana 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.

AUG 24 – Daigan Gaither

Rev. Daigan Gaither began Buddhist practice in 1995 in the Vipassana tradition, and then began to study Zen in 2003 with Ryushin Paul Haller Roshi. He received Lay Ordination in 2006 where he was given the name Daigan or “Great Vow”.  He received Priest Ordination in July 2011. His work, practice and free time include many hours devoted to community service in a variety of ways including his work as one of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and as a volunteer at Zen Hospice Project. He has spoken nationwide on a variety of issues as well as having sat on a number of boards and committees that serve community and social justice.

AUG 31 – Open Discussion

SEPT 7 – David Lewis “The Four Foundations of Mindfulness: Part One”

David Lewis has been following the dharma path for 40 years and has a degree in comparative religious studies.  He attended his first retreat in the Shambhala tradition at the age of 17 and has been practicing insight meditation since moving to San Francisco over 25 years ago.   David teaches an insight meditation course at the Mission Dharma sangha, led the Gay Buddhist Fellowship’s 2013 fall residential retreat, and facilitates a weekly meditation group for seniors. He is a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dedicated Practitioners Program.

SEPT 14 – 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.

SEPT 21 – Open Discussion

SEPT 28 – Carol Newhouse

Carol Osmer Newhouse has studied Insight Meditation for more than twenty years and has been teaching for ten.  Her root teacher is Ruth Denison, who was empowered by the great meditation master U Ba Khin of Burma.  She has also studied with Dr. Rina Sircar at CIIS and Dr. Thynn Thynn in Daily Life Practice.  She is the founding teacher of the Lesbian Buddhist Sangha in Berkeley.

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