Calendar: June – July 2014
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.
JUNE 1 – 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.
JUNE 8 – Shams Kairys –
Shams is a long-time Sufi practitioner and student of Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, currently focused on deepening awareness of the profound challenge of global climate change. Shams is a group facilitator, independent editor, and writer who has worked with innovative organizations and projects dedicated to helping heal the world, including Berkeley Area Interfaith Council, Meeting of the Ways, Creating Our Future, Seva Foundation, Reaching Out Project, EarthSave International, and Seven Pillars House of Wisdom. Shams lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
JUNE 15 – Eugene Cash –
Eugene Cash is a Spirit Rock teacher and the founding teacher (since 1992) of San Francisco Insight. Eugene co-found the Dedicated Practitioners’ Program for senior students at Spirit Rock. Currently he co-leads the Community Dharma Leaders program training people from around the world to teach mindfulness in their respective communities. In addition, Eugene teaches the Diamond Approach®. He is passionate about teaching awareness, inquiry and waking up in daily life.
JUNE 22 – Open Discussion
JUNE 29 – 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
JULY 6 – Open Discussion
JULY 13 – Jonathan Reynolds –
Jonathan Reynolds is a personal coach, mindfulness instructor, and psychotherapist living in Berkeley, California. He is co-founding editor of the Journal of Holistic Psychology and moderator of the Dharma & Psychotherapy Institute, an online consultation group for clinicians seeking to integrate Buddhist teachings and Western-based therapeutic practices. Jonathan enjoys coaching people that are motivated to realize their personal and professional potential. For further information on his work, visit: www.ayogisway.com
JULY 20 – Susan Moon –
Susan Moon is a writer, editor, and teacher. Her newest book is Hidden Lamp: Stories from 25 Centuries of Awakened Women. She is also the author of The Life and Letters of Tofu Roshi, a humor book about an imaginary Zen master, and editor of Not Turning Away: The Practice of Engaged Buddhism. Her short stories and personal essays have been published widely. She is the mother of two grown sons, and the abuela of Paloma. Sue has been a Zen student since 1976, practicing in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi at Berkeley Zen Center, Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery, Green Gulch Farm, and now with Zoketsu Norman Fischer’s Everyday Zen sangha. She has received “lay entrustment,” a lay version of dharma transmission, from Norman. For more information about her work, you can visit http://susanmoon.wordpress.com/
JULY 27 – Emilio Gonzalez -
Come for a body-centric, experiential Qigong session, via a repeat engagement with Emilio Gonzalez. Emilio has been practicing Qigong and Tai Chi Chuan since 1973. A senior student of Grand Master Kai Ying Tung, he taught Tai Chi at 50 Oak Street in San Francisco for over twenty years. In the 1990s, he established a special Qig Qigong for Health class for people with HIV and other chronic illnesses. He also taught at San Francisco State University, at Mills College, and at various national conferences on Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1996, he produced a best-selling Qigong video that was broadcast on PBS.