GBF will not hold in person meetings again until Feb 13th. All normally scheduled programs will continue to occur on Zoom.

Sunday Sitting Program 10:30 am to 12 noon* (zoom only)
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 (zoom only)
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).

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Meeting ID: 982 393 0924

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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 20th St, walk 1½ blocks.

BART: 24th and Mission, walk 3½ blocks.

PARKING: on street or in adjacent New Mission Bartlett Garage.

*Speaker Schedule for Sunday Sitting Program

December 5Heather 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 20+ 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 15+ 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

December 12Pam Weiss 
Pamela Weiss has practiced Zen and the Theravadan traditions of Buddhism for over 30 years. She is trained in both the Zen and Theravada traditions, including several years of Zen monastic training and teacher training with Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock. Pamela leads a Wednesday evening sitting group at SF Insight, and teaches classes, workshops, and retreats internationally. She is also an executive coach and the founder of Appropriate Response, a company dedicated to bringing the principles and practices of Buddhism into the workplace.

December 19 – Dave Richo
David Richo is a psychologist, teacher, and writer in Santa Barbara and San Francisco who emphasizes Jungian, transpersonal, and spiritual perspectives in his work. He is the author of How to Be an Adult in Relationships. For more information, visit

December 26 – Open Discussion (Holiday Weekend)

January 2 – Open Discussion (Holiday Weekend)

January 9 – Laura Burges
Ryuko Laura Burges, a lay entrusted dharma teacher in the Soto Zen tradition, teaches classes, lectures, and leads retreats in Northern California. A teacher of children for 35 years, she now mentors aspiring teachers. Laura co-founded the Sangha in Recovery Program at the San Francisco Zen Center and is the abiding teacher at Lenox House Meditation Group in Oakland. Shambhala Publishers will be offering two of her Buddhist children’s books next year, a collection of Jataka Tales reimagined for today’s readers, and a book about Zen Buddhism for kids. Laura is currently working on a book about Zen Buddhism for adults.

January 16 – Sean Feit Oakes
Sean Feit Oakes, PhD (he/him, queer, Puerto Rican-English ancestry on unceded Pomo land in Northern California), teaches Buddhism and somatic practice focusing on the integration of meditation, trauma resolution, and social justice. He received teaching authorization from Jack Kornfield, and wrote his dissertation on extraordinary states in Buddhist meditation and experimental dance. He teaches with Spirit Rock Meditation Center, East Bay Meditation Center, Insight Timer, and elsewhere.

January 23 – Linda Galijan
Linda Galijan was ordained as a Zen priest by Sojun Mel Weitsman in 2004 and received Dharma Transmission from him in 2012. She has been a professional musician and licensed clinical psychologist, and has practiced Buddhism and yoga for over 30 years. Linda has been President of San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara Director, and co-chair of the SFZC Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee.  She is currently the Tanto (Head of Practice) at Tassajara.

January 30 – Trip Weil
Trip Weil has been practicing in the Theravadan tradition since 2004. He is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leader and Dedicated Practitioner programs.Trip serves on the board of San Francisco Insight, where he also leads sitting groups and teaches meditation classes. He is a psychotherapist in private practice in San Francisco and a former attorney.

February 6 – Ann Gleig
Ann Gleig is an Associate Professor of Religion and Cultural Studies at the Univeristy of Central Florida. She is the author of American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity (Yale University Press, 2019). She is currently working on a collaborative book with Amy Langenberg on sexual misconduct and abuse in contemporary Buddhism, which is under advance contract with Yale University Press.

February 13 – Bill Weber
Bill Weber is a senior Vipassana practitioner and a graduate from Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders program. He has twenty-five years of extensive retreat practice and currently practices at home with his husband or sits with a small group of gay men. He is also a documentary filmmaker and video editor, whose latest projects are “To Be Takei” and “The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin.”

February 20 – Open Discussion

February 27 – 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.”