2021 Gay Buddhist Fellowship Fall Retreat

Caring for Others … Begins and Ends with Caring for You.

The 29th Annual GBF Fall Retreat

November 13, 2021

Dharma Teacher

Steven Tierney is an ordained priest in the Soto Zen lineage of Suzuki Roshi. He is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco, specializing in addiction and recovery, life transitions and resilience. Steve Tierney has addressed GBF seven times since 2011. Find his recorded dharma talks on our Audio page.

Caring for Others … Begins and Ends with You

How do we practice care of the self in lineages which teach “no self”? The Buddha is quoted as saying, “Happiness comes when your work and your words are of benefit to yourself and others.” In our 2 day retreat we will use meditation, insight and humor to examine how we as a community can help each other through care, honesty, and sharing our experiences.

As we age, and we all are, we can become elders and wisdom-sharers or we can be trapped in “if only” thinking. In a culture which honors and celebrates youth and vitality we can also honor the aging experience and share together the brotherhood we create along the path.

We look forward to creating a safe and nourishing space in which we celebrate gay spirituality and community.

Retreat Format 

The retreat will be offered both in-person at 37 Bartlett Street, and on Zoom. No registration is required – just show up!  There is no charge for the retreat – dana, of course, is always welcome. If you attend in-person, please wear a mask and be vaccinated. If you attend online, the zoom link is our standard one–you can find it on our home page.

Saturday, November 13, 2021. 10am – 5pm, with a break for lunch.

Steven Tierney will be leading the retreat.


9:30 Start arriving at Bartlett Street

10 am: Greetings, introductions and 45 minute meditation.

11 am: 15 minute break

11:15 Steve’s dharma talk

12:15 to 1:45 break for lunch

We will not be offering lunch but will have a list of possible restaurant/food options in the area.

Light snacks, tea and water will be available all day.

2 pm: 30 minute meditation

2:30 15 minute break

2:45 4:45 dharma talk and discussion

5 pm finish.

Richard Azzolini



Shared Wisdom

In addition to Steven’s teaching, we draw upon the collective wisdom of the sangha. Offerings from past years have included improvisation as an exercise in presence, mindful movement, mindful touch, Chi Kung and chanting. Can you contribute to our experience by sharing a talent or skill, such as leading a song or a movement exercise to help us become present with one another? This is a great opportunity to connect more intimately with the sangha. If it is framed in the context of our theme of Caring for Others … Begins and Ends with You, so much the better! If you can offer something to enhance our program, please contact Richard Azzolini by email or at (415) 680 – 6204.