Monday, Dec 22, 2014

Calendar: Dec 2014 – Jan 2015

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.


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

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.

DEC 14 – Steven Tierney

Steven Tierney, Ed.D., LPCC is Soto Zen priest in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi.  Dr. Tierney is a psychotherapist,psychology professor at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and the Co-Founder of the San Francisco Mindfulness Foundation;providing mindfulness-based addiction-prevention and recovery services in San Francisco.  He can be reached at

DEC 21 – Walt Opie

Walt Opie has practiced intensive insight meditation, including many residential retreats, since 2005 with prominent teachers including Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, Ajahn Sumedho, Sayadaw U Tejaniya (of Myanmar/Burma) and many others. He is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders’ (CDL4) training program. He leads the weekly Berkeley Dharma & Recovery meditation group. In addition, he worked in the Spirit Rock Communications Department for seven years. Walt is currently enrolled in the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program and serves as a volunteer with Buddhist Pathways Prison Project, bringing Buddhist practices into California state prisons.

DEC 28 – Open Discussion


JAN 4 – Open Discussion

JAN 11 – Heather Sundberg

Heather Sundberg began teaching meditation in 1999. She has completed the four-year Spirit Rock/ Insight Meditation Society Teacher Training. Beginning her own meditation practice in her late teens, for twenty years+ Heather has studied with senior teachers in the Insight Meditation and Tibetan Traditions, and has sat 1-3 months of retreat a year for the last fifteen+ years. She is a Teacher for Mountain Stream Meditation Center in the Sierra  Foothills, and also teaches classes, daylongs and retreats nationally, especially at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. For more information, visit

JAN 18 – Mushim Ikeda-Nash

Mushim Ikeda is a meditation teacher, community peace activist, writer, diversity facilitator, and mother of a 23-year-old son. She has done both monastic and lay Zen Buddhist practice over the past thirty years, in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and S. Korea. Her poetry, fiction and essays have been published widely in journals and anthologies such as Tricycle and Innovative Buddhist Women: Swimming Against the Stream.Mushim was coeditor of Making the Invisible Visible: Healing Racism in Our Buddhist Communities. Her work has been featured in two documentary films, “Between the Lines: Asian American Women Poets” and “Acting on Faith: Women and the New Religious Activism in America.” Mushim is a core teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center in downtown Oakland.

* Please Note: Mushim Ikeda has Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). MCS is a serious environmental illness disability. We would appreciate your refraining from wearing fragranced hair, body, and clothing products, including aromatherapy and “natural” scented products, to this talk. A list of fragrance-free personal products appears at:

JAN 25 – Stuart Sovatsky

Stuart is degreed from CIIS and Princeton. He has lived the “inner marriage” kundalini bhakti tantra for 40 years, and chanted Sanskrit benedictions privately for Yanez Drnovsec (chair of Unaligned Nations of the World) and for Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in India. He is author of Advanced Spiritual Intimacy endorsed by Robert Thurman and Ken Wilber and received the only federal grant to bring meditation into juvenile facility, in 1977.  He will lead kirtan meditation and discuss Beyond Types, The Shared Gender Inner Marriage Mystery.

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