Calendar: September- November 2020

Sunday Sitting Program 10:30 am to 12 noon*
Every Sunday at 10:30 am we meditate together for 30 minutes, followed by a dharma 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.

Wednesday Night Live 7:30-9:00 pm PT
Similar format to Sundays, without a formal dharma talk — hosting a wide range of discussions which can include creative spiritual inspirations, and applications of practice in everyday life.   People are welcome to attend the Meditation  (7:30-8:00 pm) only, and/or the Discussion (8:00-9:00).

Due to Covid-19, all of our in-person programs have been moved to online ZOOM  meetings.  

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[When we are not operating under the Shelter In Place mandate] 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.

*Speaker Schedule for Sunday Sitting Program

SEPTEMBER 6 – Eve Decker
Eve Decker has been practicing Insight Meditation since 1991, and has taught groups, daylongs, and short retreats since 2006, particularly at Spirit Rock,the East Bay Meditation Center and elsewhere in the Bay Area. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and of Spirit Rock’s Path of Engagement and Community Dharma Leader training programs, and has been trained in the Hakomi approach to body-based psychotherapy. Eve is also a singer/songwriter who has combined the power of music and dharma practice. Her most recent CDs are “In: Chants of Mindfulness & Compassion,” and “Awakening Joy – The Music

SEPTEMBER 13 -Open Discussion

SEPTEMBER 20 -Pamela Weiss
Pamela Weiss has practiced in the Zen and Theravada traditions of Buddhism for over 25 years, including several years of Zen monastic training. She completed teacher training with Jack Kornfield through Spirit Rock, leads a Wednesday evening sitting group at SF Insight, and teaches classes, workshops and retreats internationally. Pamela is also an executive coach and the Founder of Appropriate Response, a company dedicated to brining the principles and practices of Buddhism into the workplace.

SEPTEMBER 27 -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. is 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 from SF 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.

OCTOBER 4 -Dorothy Hunt
Dorothy Hunt serves as the Spiritual Director of Moon Mountain Sangha, teaching at the request of Adyashanti. She has practiced psychotherapy since 1967 and is the founder of the San Francisco Center for Meditation and Psychotherapy. Self-inquiry, as taught by Ramana Maharshi, led to the first of a series of awakenings. In meeting Adyashanti, she was invited to see beyond identifications with either the Absolute or the relative. Dorothy is the author of Only This! and Leaves from Moon Mountain, a contributing author to The Sacred Mirror, Listening from the Heart of Silence, and the online journal Undivided. Dorothy offers satsang, retreats, and private meetings in the Bay area and elsewhere by invitation. For more information, please visit

OCTOBER 10- Day Long Retreat
Please join us October 10 from 10am to 4:30 pm for a day-long retreat with J.D.Doyle.The theme is Community, Kindness and Joy. There is no cost to participate but dana is encouraged for the teacher.

OCTOBER 11 -Prasadachitta
As an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Community, Prasadachitta teaches meditation, yoga and Buddhism at the San Francisco Buddhist Center. His practice and teaching grows out of a valuing of friendship and community. He is interested in the Buddhist theories and poetic expressions that communicate links between lofty ideals and our ordinary life. He is also a photographer and aspiring filmmaker.

OCTOBER 18 -John Martin
John Martin teaches Vipassana (Insight), Metta (Loving Kindness), and LGBTQI themed meditation retreats. He leads an on-going weekly Monday evening meditation group in the Castro, teaches both an Advanced Practitioners Program group and a Dedicated Practitioners Group and is the co-guiding teacher for the LGBTQueer Sangha at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City. John serves on both the Spirit Rock Teachers Council and the Governing Teachers Council. He has had a dedicated practice while being engaged in the working world and emphasizes practice for daily life. He completed the SRMC/IMS/IRC 4-year teacher training in 2016. John served as hospice volunteer for many years, first with Shanti Project and more recently with Zen Hospice Proje

OCTOBER 25 -Open Discussion

NOVEMBER 1 – Sister Merry Peter & Sister MaryMedia
Sister Merry Peter, SPI, is a poet, writer, and former sex-worker who found her vocation through the Radical Faeries in 1987. Her life-long activism focuses on HIV-AIDS, queer youth, civil rights and social justice. Her efforts include partnerships to provide street-level health services to sex workers, legal aid for LGBTQ refugees and resistance to police violence. Sister Mary Media, SPI, a long-time member of GBF, is one of the original Sisters from the Order’s founding in 1979 where she currently serves as Mistress of Grants. She speaks frequently about the group’s history and her vocation as a secular nun.
Two days before an election of historic consequence, the topic “Deconstructing our Illusions” will focus on our role in transformation. We will explore how our practice challenges inherited frameworks of perception such as white privilege, calls us to expand our consciousness, and impels us to act for justice and equality. Examining the life of the Buddha, we will trace how the themes of his life and journey create a path for our own exploration and transformation.

NOVEMBER 8 – Heather Sundberg
Heather Sundberg began teaching meditation in 1999. She has completed the four-year Spirit Rock’s 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 info, visit

NOVEMBER 15 -Larry Robinson
Larry Robinson has been a practicing Buddhist for 47 years, mostly in the Zen and Vipassana traditions. He is a member of the Occidental Laguna Sangha in Sebastopol, studying with Bruce Fortin in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi. A long-time environmental and social justice activist, he is a retired ecopsychologist and former mayor of Sebastopol. He serves on the board of directors of the Center for Climate Protection and the board of trustees of Meridian University. His “large and foolish project” (in the words of Rumi) is to restore the soul of the world through reawakening the oral tradition of poetry. He is also the founder and producer of Rumi’s Caravan.

NOVEMBER 22 -Karen Van Dine
Karen Van Dine connected with the San Francisco gay community in 1985 as a member of Radiant Light Ministries, where she served as a prayer counselor. Through the AIDS Epidemic of the 80’s and 90’s, Karen worked with the San Francisco Healing Circle and R.L.M., leading meditations, memorials and assisting many in conscious dying. After her time as a student at Tassajara Zen Monastery and retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh, she founded the Living Peace Meditation Community in 1993. The L.P.M.C. began in connection with the San Francisco Center for Living and later moved into its own location when the center closed. She has been the primary facilitator for the L.P.M.C. for 25 years. Three years ago, she was rather stunned to realize that she was now an elder!, so she shifted the L.P.M.C. to the Aquatic Park Senior Center where she serves as a Meditation teacher/ facilitator and art teacher. At 78, she also continues her work as a visual artist, writer and public speaker.Through her many years of meditation, she has deepened her personal practice, insight, and compassion. She has a profound life long love and heart connection with the gay community.

NOVEMBER 29 -Open Discussion