Meditate with us.

The SF Dharma Collective is a community-led sangha.


All classes and sits are open to all and no registration is necessary. We are supported by your generosity (dana). No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

This Week

Sutra Study with Michael Owens

Sunday, February 17, 7:00-8:30

Michael is a Buddhist teacher, translator, and author. He has been leading meditations and giving dharma talks for over 15 years. Each week Michael presents a different Buddhist sutra and discusses the history and philosophy of Buddhist ideas. soundcloud.com/lotus-underground

Morning Sits

Monday / Tuesday / Thursday

7:30 - 8:15 am

Mindful and White

Developing Racial Awareness for White People in the Dharma Class Series*

Tuesdays February 12, 19 and 26, 7-9 pm

With Amanda Ream and guest teachers

This three week class uses key teachings of the Buddha to look at racial conditioning and interlocking systems of oppression with the intention to transform white supremacy from the inside out.

The Buddha gave clear instructions that guide us to look at harm, internally and externally, as we seek to undo racism in our hearts and the world. With dharma talks, reflection, embodied practices and mutual support, we will build a shared understanding of our commitment as white dharma practitioners in the US to facing the suffering of racism.

This class is for self-identified white people. Please inquire with any questions to Amanda at adelante@riseup.net

Please register here.

This class series will be followed by a Daylong on March 9 with Arinna Weismann, Eugene Cash, and Howard Cohn.

*This program is meant as one opportunity for those of us who are white to explore our own conditioning in order to increase our capacity and develop our skills to support these communities in our sangha and to eventually be able to hold space for affinity groups of marginalized communities, including POC.

Amanda Ream is a graduate of Practice in Transformative Action and White and Awakening in Sangha, as well as the Dedicated Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock.

Guest teachers include Liz Fitzgerald and Toran "Beja" Alisheva.

Most evenings begin with 30 minutes of mediation, followed by discussion and/or reflections by the teacher. Beginning and experienced practitioners are welcome.

Wednesday, February 20

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Meditation and Dharma Talk with Pawan Bareja.

Pawan offers Mindfulness and Somatic training throughout the Bay Area.

Pawan will teach on the following Wednesdays: 3/6, 4/10, 4/17, 5/1, 5/15, 5/22, 6/5, and 6/12

Coming Soon

Thursday, February 21

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Every Thursday

Deconstructing Yourself with Michael Taft, a maverick meditation teacher, bestselling author, podcaster, and neuroscience junkie.

Talks are live-streamed on his channel.

Friday, February 22

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Juliana Sloane at SFDC. Juliana returns with meditation and a Dharma talk.

Juliana Sloane first encountered the Dharma as a teen, and felt an immediate heart connection to the teachings. Today, she leads a weekly women's sangha in San Francisco, and teaches young people through Spirit Rock's Family Program. She is a graduate of the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, and holds degrees in Gender Studies and Religious Studies, all of which inform her practice and teaching. Juliana is passionate about the possibilities of personal and community transformation held in the Dharma, and aspires to bring this to all parts of life, including her work as a leader at a youth-serving nonprofit.

Wednesday, February 27

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Meditation and Dharma Talk with Eve Ekman. Sit and discussion of No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva. This ancient text encourages us to waste no time, and ardently, fiercely go about developing our awake mind and heart for the benefit of all beings. All are welcome.

Eve will teach on the following Wednesdays: 3/13, 3/27, 4/3, 4/24, 5/8, 5/29, 6/19, and 6/26.

March

Friday, March 1

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Meditation and dharma talk with George Haas

George moved to Los Angeles from New York to work in film and photography in 1992, when he started practicing Vipassana at Ordinary Dharma in Venice, and studying Buddhist texts extensively. In 1998 he began study with his current teacher, Shinzen Young, at Vipassana Support International, where he is now a senior facilitator. He began teaching meditation in 2000, founded Mettagroup in 2003, and became an empowered teacher through Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, where he taught from 2007 to 2016. Along with his daily Morning Meditation and full schedule of one-on-one students, he continues to teach weekly classes and intensives in Los Angeles, and offer day-long, weekend and extended retreats around the country. He's also an artist with works in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, the Library of Congress, MoMA and the American Irish Historical Society. https://www.mettagroup.org/

The SF Dharma Collective is a community-led sangha. Most evening sessions begin with 30 minutes of mediation, followed by reflections by the teacher or discussion. Beginning and experienced practitioners are welcome. We are open to all and supported by your generosity (dana). No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Wheelchair accessible building. For access questions email sfdharmacollective@gmail.com.

George Haas

George will also be teaching a daylong on meditation and attachment on Saturday, March 2 and a deep dive daylong intensive series on this subject on 4/6, 4/20, 5/4 and 5/18--all at the SFDC.

Saturday, March 2

Meditation x Attachment Daylong

with George Haas

9:00 am - 4 pm

This daylong looks at using your meditation practice as a way to come into radical acceptance of yourself as you are now, without wanting to change anything. We will use John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory as a model of how we connect with other people, how we can be completely ourselves in our relationships with others and with our work – in other words, how to live a more meaningful life.

Please register here: https://preview.tinyurl.com/ydhhanwh

Events at the SF Dharma Collective are offered by donation/for dana. The suggested donation for this retreat is $40-80 with no one turned away for lack of funds. Bring a brown bag lunch or you may buy food nearby.

Bio: George moved to Los Angeles from New York to work in film and photography in 1992, when he started practicing Vipassana at Ordinary Dharma in Venice, and studying Buddhist texts extensively. In 1998 he began study with his current teacher, Shinzen Young, at Vipassana Support International, where he is now a senior facilitator. He began teaching meditation in 2000, founded Mettagroup in 2003, and became an empowered teacher through Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, where he taught from 2007 to 2016. Along with his daily Morning Meditation and full schedule of one-on-one students, he continues to teach weekly classes and intensives in Los Angeles, and offer day-long, weekend and extended retreats around the country. He's also an artist with works in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, the Library of Congress, MoMA and the American Irish Historical Society. https://www.mettagroup.org/

Building is wheelchair accessible. For access questions please email sfdharmacollective@gmail.com.

Awakening our Hearts: Exploring Authentic Relationships Across Difference*

A daylong retreat

Saturday, March 9, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

A daylong retreat with Arinna Weismann, Eugene Cash, and Howard Cohn

Buddhism has as its refuge and vision a heart that is unrestricted, luminous and free. As we practice the eight fold path our hearts begin to open and call us to explore unconscious beliefs and behaviors that cause harm and suffering to others and ourselves. One of the areas this habitual expression takes place is how we as white people are unaware of the ways we build identities of whiteness which cover our hearts and separate us from people of color.

One of the main obstacles to this exploration is that as we prefer to examine ourselves individually to determine whether we carry prejudices and, if we believe that we are “good people” who wouldn’t discriminate, we prefer to adopt a more “color-blind” position. This stance does not take into account that our lived experience includes having “caught” messages about race and having received the benefits of white-skin privilege mostly outside of our awareness. By becoming aware of our group identity as whites and by owning the privileges of access to power and resources, we are able to transform ourselves and our ability to be in authentic relationships across differences. We begin to work towards the creation of multicultural communities by addressing the changes needed to bring about true inclusion. Through this process, we will have the opportunity to create structures and cultural norms that honor everyone in our sanghas.

The exploration we are proposing grows from the premise we always are deserving of love and that self-judgment is a barrier to openheartedness and new learning. Because we understand that this uncovering may touch places of shame and blame, our gathering will be conducted using practices of awareness, loving kindness, patience, truthfulness and the invitation to skill development. As we increase our understanding and deepen our exploration, we may find ourselves experiencing a new freedom of expression unobstructed by constructions of identities around whiteness.


Saturday will include mindfulness in sitting and walking meditation and:

1) Why exploring the dynamics of inequity is a dharma practice,

2) Safety Guidelines for the day,

3) Appreciation of our heritage,

4) Awareness of our complex cultural identities as targets and non-targets,

5) Exploration of early experiences of white privilege,

6) Application of Four Levels to strategic change.


The day will end with metta meditation.

Space is limited. Please register here: https://tinyurl.com/ycucoljb

Events at the SF Dharma Collective are offered by donation/for dana. The suggested donation for this retreat is $50-120 with no one turned away for lack of funds. Bring a bag lunch or you may buy food nearby. Building is wheelchair accessible. For access questions please email sfdharmacollective@gmail.com.

This retreat was originally titled "Mindful and White."

*This program is meant as one opportunity for those of us who are white to explore our own conditioning in order to increase our capacity and develop our skills to support these communities in our sangha and to eventually be able to hold space for affinity groups of marginalized communities, including POC.

Arinna Weisman has studied insight meditation since 1979 and has been teaching since 1989. Her root teacher is Ruth Denison who was empowered by the great teacher U Bha Khin. She is co-author of the book, A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO INSIGHT MEDITATION. Arinna's dharma practice and teaching have been infused with her political and environmental activism. She was the first out queer teacher with Eric Kolvig to lead insight meditation retreats for the GLBTQ community. She also leads ‘Uncovering the Heart Retreats’ integrating the practice of awareness of the social dynamics of inequity with the dharma practice of liberation.

Eugene Cash is the founding teacher of the San Francisco Insight Meditation Community of San Francisco. He teaches at Spirit Rock Meditation Center and leads intensive meditation retreats internationally. His teaching is influenced by both Burmese and Thai streams of the Theravada tradition as well as Zen and Tibetan Buddhist practice. He is also a teacher of the Diamond Approach, a school of spiritual investigation and self-realization developed by A. H. Almaas.

Howard Cohn has practiced meditation since 1972, and has led vipassana retreats since 1985. Howard has studied with many Asian and western teachers of several traditions, including Theravada, Zen, Dzogchen and Advaita Vedanta, and has been strongly influenced by contact with the Indian master H.W.L. Poonja. He has done postgraduate work in East/West Psychology and has a private counseling practice. He is the Guiding Teacher for Mission Dharma, which has been meeting weekly in the Mission for 33 years.

Monday, March 11

The Monkey Is the Messenger:

What Your Busy Mind Is Trying to Tell You

7:30 - 9:00 pm

An evening with Ralph de la Rosa

Ralph De La Rosa, LCSW is the author of the #1 bestselling The Monkey Is the Messenger: Meditation & What Your Busy Mind Is Trying to Tell You. He is a trauma-focused psychotherapist in private practice and a seasoned meditation instructor. He began practicing meditation in 1996 and has taught since 2008. He was a student of Amma's (Mata Amritanandamayi) for 16 years and began studying Buddhism in 2005. His work has been featured in The New York Post, CNN, GQ, SELF, Women’s Health, The One You Feed podcast, and regularly teaches at Omega Institute, Spirit Rock, and Kripalu.

Ralph de la Rosa

Tuesday, March 12

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Dave Smith is an internationally recognized Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, and published author. His background is rooted in the Insight Meditation tradition and he was empowered to teach through the Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. He has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into jails, prisons, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities. Dave teaches residential meditation retreats and classes, provides trainings and consulting in both secular and Buddhist contexts, and works with students through his meditation mentoring program. He recently founded the Secular Dharma Foundation and lives in Paonia, Colorado.

davesmithdharma.com

Dave will be at the SFDC from 7:30-9 pm on the following dates:

Tuesday, April 8

Tuesday, May 7

Friday, Feb 15

The Third Jewel

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Join us for the return of this monthly class.

The Buddha said that a key part of the dharma path is found in our practice community, our sangha. This monthly gathering gives us an opportunity to connect to those who we sit with through a series of experiential activities designed to build a deeper sense of intimacy. Come and get to know those who you sit with, who support your practice and dharma path, come and be a part of your sangha!

Devon Cresci has been a dharma practitioner since 1997. Devon identifies as a queer woman and is heartfelt about the power of practice to increase peace and freedom for all.

Anthony "T" Maes was born and raised in the East Bay. He is a teacher at East Bay Meditation Center and at Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, where he teaches week-long teen meditation retreats and leads diversity trainings, multiracial liberation, and relational mindfulness.

Devon Cresci

Anthony "T" Maes

The Third Jewel will meet monthly. The next class will be March 15.

Saturday, March 16

Mindfulness of Gender Daylong

10 am - 4:30 pm

Beyond the Binary: Mindfulness of Gender

with JD Doyle, Loujie Kim, Rene Rivera & Bri Barnett

What does it mean to be a boy? woman? genderqueer? gender nonconforming? transgender? agender? or none of the above? Gender identities and presentations profoundly impact all areas of our lives. Through meditations and interactive activities, we will embrace our experiences and explore our conditioning around gender and the dynamics of gender that are alive for each of us. As we open to all aspects of ourselves and others, we can nurture a world that is founded in inclusivity and freedom for all.

This daylong is open to all with a special invitation to those who identify as non-binary and gender nonconforming.

SF Dharma Collective day long retreats are offered for dana, with a suggested donation of $40-80. Cash, checks, credit/debit cards and Venmo will be accepted day of to support the teachers and center. No registration is necessary and no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Those age 25 and younger are especially encouraged to come regardless of their ability to pay.

Please bring a bag lunch or plan to purchase lunch nearby during the break.

Building is wheelchair accessible.

JD Doyle co-founded of the LGBTQI meditation group at EBMC. JD is in the Spirit Rock teacher-training program and has participated in the Dedicated Practitioner Program and the Community Dharma Leader Program. JD has practiced Theravada Buddhism since 1995 in the U.S., Thailand, and Burma. They worked as a public school teacher for 25 years. They are committed to celebrating the diversity of our human sangha, addressing the impact of racism on our communities, and living in ways that honor the sacredness of the Earth.

Bri Barnett has been leading mindfulness since participating in the 2015/16 Practice in Transformative Action 3 (PiTA3) training through East Bay Meditation Center. They later apprenticed for the PiTA4 program and have lead mindfulness workshops for TGNC people and social change agents.

Louije Kim is an Oakland-based therapist and dharma practitioner who has been cultivating a Vipassana practice since 2009. Currently, they are in the Spirit Rock teacher training. They are deeply committed to the personal and collective liberation of local communities.

Rene Rivera has been a student of the Dharma since 2004 and has practiced at EBMC since 2008. He has participated in the Commit 2 Dharma and Practice in Action programs at EBMC and the Community Dharma Leaders program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center.

Monday, March 18

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Louije Kim is an Oakland-based therapist and dharma practitioner who has been cultivating a Vipassana practice since 2009. Currently, they are in the Spirit Rock teacher training. They are deeply committed to the personal and collective liberation of local communities.

Saturday, March 30

A Liberated Heart:

Opening to Love, Compassion, Equanimity, and Joy

A Daylong for Women

10 am - 4 pm

With Eve Ekman and Juliana Sloane

Join us for a day of community, connection, and exploration of the four Brahma Viharas (Divine Abodes): Metta (love), Karuna (compassion), Mudita (empathetic joy), and Upekkha (equanimity). In the company of our fellow women practitioners, we will connect deeply with these essential heart qualities and their role in our lives.

The Brahma Viharas point us towards a way of meeting our lives that is courageous, caring, and deeply transformative: turning towards experience with an open heart and responding appropriately to what that moment truly calls for. Through practice, discussion, and story, we will explore together how these four immeasurables can help us meet the joys and challenges of our lives more fully.

This daylong is open to all who self-identify as women.

Eve Ekman is the Director of Training at the University of California Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. Ekman’s research interests were inspired by her experience as a medical social worker in the emergency department of San Francisco General Hospital coupled with her training in the applied emotion regulation and mindfulness intervention: Cultivating Emotional Balance, CE: http://eveekman.com/

Juliana Sloane first encountered the Dharma as a teen, and felt an immediate heart connection to the teachings. Today, she leads a weekly women's sangha in San Francisco, and teaches young people through Spirit Rock's Family Program. She is a graduate of the Sati Center’s Buddhist Chaplaincy Program, and holds degrees in Gender Studies and Religious Studies, all of which inform her practice and teaching. Juliana is passionate about the possibilities of personal and community transformation held in the Dharma, and aspires to bring this to all parts of life, including her work as a leader at a youth-serving nonprofit. julianasloane.com

April

Alternate Saturdays starting April 6

Meditation x Attachment Daylong

Two Month Intensive

with George Haas

9:00 am - 4 pm

Meditation x Attachment looks at using your meditation practice to come into radical acceptance of yourself as you are now without wanting to change anything. Using John Bowlby's Attachment Theory as a model for understanding how we connect with other people, you will learn how we can be completely ourselves in our relationships with others and with our work. In other words, how to live a meaningful life.

For this special offering at SF Dharma Collective, the entire course will take place during four daylong meetings over two months. It's open to all students and offers instruction in Buddhist theory, Attachment Theory, and in-depth meditation techniques. It will focus on developing secure relationships, uprooting past attachment conditioning, working through conflict resolution strategies, and will draw on Daniel P. Brown's Ideal Parent-Figure (IPF) Attachment Protocol.

Saturdays April 6, April 20, May 4, May 18, 9 am-4 pm

Register at: https://www.mettagroup.org/sf-dharma-collective-intensive-april2019

Bring a brown bag lunch or you may buy food nearby.

George moved to Los Angeles from New York to work in film and photography in 1992, when he started practicing Vipassana at Ordinary Dharma in Venice, and studying Buddhist texts extensively. In 1998 he began study with his current teacher, Shinzen Young, at Vipassana Support International, where he is now a senior facilitator. He began teaching meditation in 2000, founded Mettagroup in 2003, and became an empowered teacher through Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, where he taught from 2007 to 2016. Along with his daily Morning Meditation and full schedule of one-on-one students, he continues to teach weekly classes and intensives in Los Angeles, and offer day-long, weekend and extended retreats around the country. He's also an artist with works in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, the Library of Congress, MoMA and the American Irish Historical Society. https://www.mettagroup.org/

Building is wheelchair accessible. For access questions please email sfdharmacollective@gmail.com.

This is a four class series that is best experienced by attending all sessions, however students are welcome to drop in on individual classes as well.

Friday, April 12

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Mary Stancavage has practiced meditation, yoga, and cultivated a spiritual practice for over 30 years and in 2009 was empowered to teach Buddhadharma. Mary is based in the Los Angeles area and teaches classes, retreats and does individual mentoring. She has taught at mindfulness at recovery centers, has co-facilitated Year-to-Live groups since 2008, and has had a weekly dharma class for over decade. She also was a director at Against the Stream for ten years. Mary completed the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at the Sati Center and served as volunteer chaplain at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. She also served as Executive Director of the Mind Body Awareness Project from 2016 to 2018. Mary sits on the boards of the Buddhist Insight Network and CLUE-LA: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice. Along with teaching she continues to investigate what it means to live with an undefended heart. Fun fact: Mary has a Masters Degree from UCLA and worked as an archaeologist in the Middle East. More info can be found at her website, marystancavage.org

Saturday, April 13, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Daylong with Mary Stancavage

Friday, April 19

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Deborah Eden Tull, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, is a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, author, activist, and sustainability educator. She teaches the integration of compassionate awareness into every aspect of our lives. Eden spent seven years training as a monk at a silent Zen monastery and has been living in, and teaching about, sustainable communities for over 25 years.

Her teaching style is grounded in compassionate awareness, experiential learning, inquiry, and an unwavering commitment to personal transformation. She teaches engaged awareness practice, which emphasizes the interconnection between personal awakening and global sustainability.

She is author of Relational Mindfulness: A Handbook for Deepening Our Connection with Our Self, Each Other, and Our Planet (Wisdom 2018) and The Natural Kitchen: Your Guide for the Sustainable Food Revolution. Her work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Tricycle, Yogi Times, GOOP, Shambhala Times, and The Ecologist. She also teaches The Work That Reconnects, a program created by Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy and teaches for UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center. Eden offers retreats, online courses, and consultations internationally.

The SF Dharma Collective is a community-led sangha. Most evening sessions begin with 30 minutes of mediation, followed by reflections by the teacher or discussion. Beginning and experienced practitioners are welcome. We are open to all and supported by your generosity (dana). No one is ever turned away for lack of funds.

Wheelchair accessible building. For access questions email sfdharmacollective@gmail.com

Sunday, April 21, 1:30 - 4 pm

Aloka Vihara Class Series:

Gradual Path ~ Sudden Awakening

With Ayya Anandabodhi, Ayya Santacitta & Ven Dhammadipa

Throughout this series we will be exploring the Noble Eightfold Path as a life-training that leads to Awakening.

1:30-1:45pm Refuges & Five Precepts

1:45-3:30pm Meditation & Dharma Reflection

3:30-4:00pm Tea & Discussion

Every 3rd Sunday from April through December of 2019

(4/21, 5/19, 6/16, 7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15)

for bios please see the Aloka Vihara website

More info: alokavihara.org

Daylong Retreat with Michael Taft and Tucker Peck

Saturday, April 27, 9 am - 5 pm

Hold the date! More information coming soon!

Save the dates!

3 Tuesday Night Classes with Michael Owens:

April 30th: Dharma Bums: Buddhism and The Beats

May 14th: Buddha Time!

May 28th: Taoism or Daoism? Introduction to Chinese Religion

Our Resources Page includes other offerings from our teachers, other local meditation locations, and events hosted by us.

Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 p.m.

710 Florida St.

(Through door to the left of the Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Restaurant; take elevator to 2nd floor.)

sfpocsangha@gmail.comfor more info

@SFPOCInsightsangha Facebook/Instagram

Shadow Yoga with Jonny Nobleza

BALAKRAMA PRELUDE & ASANA VINYASA- 8 CLASS SERIES

Wednesdays & Fridays, January 30 - February 27 (***no class 2/15***) 6:30am- 8:00am

In this series, you will be introduced the first of the Shadow Yoga Preludes, called Balakrama (Stepping Into Strength). It is a dynamic bone-strengthening sequence, which actively engages one's center (navel region), hands, feet, and breath. This form removes marma (energetic obstructions) from the legs and pelvis to free the downward flow of prana, detoxify the blood, and strengthen the lungs. Once the Chaya Sanchalam Prelude has been been taught, students will be introduced to the seated work of asana vinyasa.

*Prerequisite: Knowledge of the Shadow Yoga warm-ups dasha chalanam and jiva chalanam.

All Shadow Yoga courses require pre-registration. Consistent attendance is required.

*Drop-in sessions are offered to students who have already completed the same course or prelude. Please email jonny@rootsourcemedicine.com before dropping into a series.

Drop-ins: $25/class

Early Bird Ticket (ends 1/16): $160

Reg Ticket (after 1/16): $200

To Register Email: jonny@rootsourcemedicine.com

Dana

Dana has the effect of purifying and transforming the mind of the giver.

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