Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014
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Calendar: April – May 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 meters start their toll at noon; you can prepay with coins; some meters allow you to use credit cards or SF parking meter cards.

CALENDAR

Sunday Speakers

4/6  Frank Ostaseski

Frank Ostaseski is a Buddhist teacher, international lecturer and a leading voice in contemplative end-of-life care. In 1987, he co-founded of the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. In 2004, he created the Metta Institute to provide innovative educational programs and professional trainings that foster compassionate, mindfulness-based care. His groundbreaking work has been widely featured in the media, including the Bill Moyers television series On Our Own Terms, the PBS series With Eyes Open, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in numerous print publications.

4/13  Open Discussion

4/20  Jana Draka

“Gengetsu Junsei” received Dharma Transmission in the Soto Zen Buddhist Lineage from Zenkei Blanche Hartman, the first woman in this lineage. Jana’s nonprofit organization, Jana Drakka’s 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. Among her many activities, Jana leads a meditation group at Glide Memorial Church on Monday evenings, facilitates an ongoing peer support group for case managers at Tenderloin Housing Clinic, where she runs a mindfulness group and a grief/stress support group and gives one-on-one counseling to staff and clients. For more information visit her web site: http://www.janadrakka.com/

4/27  3/30 David Lewis – Part 2 of a 3-part series on the “Three Characteristics of Existence.”

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.  David will be offering a three part series of talks on the three characteristics of existence: anicca (impermanence), dukkha (unsatisfactoriness), and anatta (not-self).  The three characteristics are a core teaching of all Buddhist traditions.  They are not a dogma, but rather a very pragmatic view of reality that is revealed through observation of our direct experience.  The Buddha taught that deeply understanding the three characteristics, or the nature of reality, leads to wisdom and therefore freedom from suffering.

5/4  Jeffrey Schneider

Jeffrey Schneider is a priest at the San Francisco Zen Center where he has lived, worked and practiced since 1978. He is currently the coordinator of Zen Center’s outreach programs and founded , in 2000, the Buddhist recovery programs there.  Jeffrey has offered retreats and teachings in a variety of Northern California venues as well as in Texas, Missouri, South Carolina and Virginia.

5/11  Harley Shapiro

Harley Shapiro has been a member of the GBF Sangha for many years.  He has traveled, studied, and worked in Asia over the years.  Harley will share stories and colorful images of his recent 4 month adventure in Taiwan, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, and Thailand.  He will have a slide presentation of the Taipei Gay Pride Parade & Festival, and many adventures to Buddhist Temples, Monasteries, Festivals, and Sacred Historical & Cultural Places.

5/18  Jon Bernie

Jon Bernie, author of Ordinary Freedom, is a contemporary spiritual teacher focused on the unfolding of natural wakefulness — the already enlightened basic state that lies at the core of human experience. He has four decades of practice and study in the contemplative traditions of Soto Zen, Theravadan Insight Meditation & Advaita Vedanta, and was formally asked to teach by Adyashanti in 2002. Jon is also an experienced healer and teacher of somatic embodiment via his extensive training in the Alexander Technique, the Qigong system of Dr. Yu Penxi and the Zero Balancing system of Dr. Fritz Smith.

5/25  David Lewis – Part 3 of a 3-part series on the “Three Characteristics of Existence.”

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.  David will be offering a three part series of talks on the three characteristics of existence: anicca (impermanence), dukkha (unsatisfactoriness), and anatta (not-self).  The three characteristics are a core teaching of all Buddhist traditions.  They are not a dogma, but rather a very pragmatic view of reality that is revealed through observation of our direct experience.  The Buddha taught that deeply understanding the three characteristics, or the nature of reality, leads to wisdom and therefore freedom from suffering.

 
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