Saturday, Jul 21, 2018

Calendar: June 2018-August 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.

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.

June 10 Open Discussion

June 17 Alistair Shanks
Alistair Shanks has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher of the Taoist Internal Martial Arts for over 20 years. Since 2008, he has been an adjunct faculty member at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine/CIIS where he teaches Tai Chi. Alistair was a volunteer with Zen Hospice Project from 2004 to 2014 and was hired to serve as the Volunteer Program Manager in 2016.His other volunteer work includes working as a Buddhist chaplain at San Francisco General Hospital and leading meditation sessions for inmates in the San Francisco County Jail. Alistair has a degree in Philosophy and Religion fromSF State and a Masters Degree in Buddhist Chaplaincy from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. In his spare time he plays with San Francisco’s legendary hardcore polka band Polkacide.

June 24 David Lewis
David Lewis has been following the dharma path for 45 years and has a degree in comparative religious studies. He teaches Insight Meditation and enjoys sharing the dharma at several sanghas around the Bay Area. He is a proud long time member of GBF. His talk will be Foundations of Mindfulness, Part One.

July 1 Open Discussion

July 8 Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt
Rev. Keiryu Liên Shutt is a Dharma Heir of Zenkei Blanche Hartman in the tradition of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. Born into a Buddhist family in Vietnam, she began her meditation practice in the Insight tradition of Spirit Rock. She is a founding member of the Buddhists of Color in 1998. Her Soto Zen training began at Tassajara monastery where she lived from 2002-2005; after which, she practiced monastically in Japan and Vietnam.While she has placed her trust and faith in Soto Zen, she continues to enjoy the deep silence of Insight practices and has completed retreats in the United States and Thailand. Drawing from her monastic experiences, she endeavors to share ways in which the deep settledness of traditional practices can be brought into everyday life. Liên’s strength as a teacher is in making Zen practice accessible to all.

July 15 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 â Sit-and-Sing-Sangha in her hometown 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

July 22 David Lewis
David Lewis has been following the dharma path for 45 years and has a degree in comparative religious studies. He teaches Insight Meditation and enjoys sharing the dharma at several sanghas around the Bay Area. He is a proud long time member of GBF. His talk will be Foundations of Mindfulness, Part Two.

July 29 Amanda Ream
Amanda Ream facilitates the QSangha for the queer community at SF Against the Stream, Oakland Dharma Punx and the Social Justice Sangha at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland. She also practices with Generative Somatics and is a union organizer with domestic workers. She lives in Oakland.

August 5 Open Discussion

August 12 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, when he was given the name Daigan or â 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 and has sat on a number of boards and committees that serve community and social justice.

August 19 Nils Heymann native of El Salvador, Nils started meditating at the age of 16. He studied major religions at Lancaster University in England and did research on gurus in Pune, India. He stayed in Hindu and Benedictine monasteries until he went to Thailand to ordain in Ajahn Chah s Forest tradition. He made a commitment to be a monk for seven years and lived in monasteries in England, New Zealand and Italy. After leaving monastic life, he lived in Minnesota and founded Common Ground’s Gay Men Community Group. Although he now lives in Oakland, CA, he continues to teach several times a year at CG, including as part of our teaching team for the Dharma Leadership Training. He has helped translate talks by Ajahn Chah into Spanish and has given talks in a variety of venues including The East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland. The first discourse of the Buddha is the framework by which he lives his life. He currently teaches art to a bunch of beautiful urban high schoolers. Nils is a member of the Alphabet Brothers of Color Deep Refuge Group. His teachers continue to be Ajahn Viradhammo and Ajahn Sumedho.

August 26 Devin Berry
Devin Berry has practiced meditation since 1999, and has undertaken many longer-term retreats. He practices primarily within the Theravada lineages as taught byMahasi Sayadaw, Sayadaw U Pandita, Anagarika Munindra, Sayadaw U Tejaniya and Dipa Ma. Devin teaches nationally as well as guest teaches at East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland and Against the Stream-S.F. He is a core leader of the SF POC Insight Meditation group. He has completed Spirit Rockâ s Dedicate Practitioners Program and is currently a participant in the 2017-2021 IMS Teacher Training Program. His teachers include Lyn Fine, Larry Yang, Joseph Goldstein, Carol Wilson and Andrea Fella. Devin can be described as an engaging,humorous storyteller who uses poignant anecdotes to convey powerful truths and a breadth of life experience.

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