What we're about

Anyone interested in starting or furthering their mindfulness/meditation practice. These are all insight meditation, or Vipassana, similar to what is taught at Spiritrock in Marin. Most of the meditation teachers leading the sits/dharma talks listed here have been taught at Spiritrock under Jack Kornfield.

While this tradition is Buddhist, you do not need to be a Buddhist to join nor will anyone try to 'convert' you. The teachings are practical and relevant to anyone seeking to bring more mindfulness into their lives.

Most of the events listed are at the Against The Stream center at 2701 Folsom St. in San Francisco. Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society was founded by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, The Heart of the Revolution, and Refuge Recovery to make the teachings of the Buddha available to all who are interested. We wish to create and sustain communities of healthy, accountable, wise and compassionate people from every walk of life. We welcome people from all racial, economic, sexual, social, political and religious backgrounds and believe that the path of awakening is attainable by all and should be available to all. We strive to create a safe environment for all who come to practice.

Upcoming events (5+)

Friday night meditation sit with the SF Dharma Collective

SF Dharma Collective Center (old ATS location)

30 minute sit and 45 minute dharma talk every Friday with Amma Thanasanti and other guest teachers. Join us every Friday night for Buddha, Dharma, Sangha

Mission Dharma: Meditation and Talk with Howard Cohn

The Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist

Mission Dharma is a sangha led by our teacher Howard Cohn (http://www.missiondharma.org/our-teacher---howard-cohn.html) that has gathered in ​the Mission District of San Francisco for over 30 years. Sangha members come together as a community on Tuesday nights for meditation and to hear Buddhist teachings. As a sangha, we support one another in the process of awakening in order to live our lives with more mindfulness, compassion, and joy. Everyone is invited to attend. No prior meditation experience is necessary. Format: A forty-minute meditation period followed by a Dharma talk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dharma_talk) led by Howie or a visiting teacher. Doors open at 7pm and sit starts at 7:30. Cost: Contributions to Mission Dharma are tax deductible. In order to help cover the cost of our room rental, other weekly operating costs, and to adequately support our teachers, there is a suggested dana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%C4%81na) offering of $5-$25 on Tuesday nights. However, we want to be welcoming to individuals from all financial backgrounds and a monetary offering is never an expectation. Giving is done anonymously, so no one is ever turned away due to lack of funds. If you wish to offer dana, you are invited to offer it online (http://www.missiondharma.org/dana---donations.html) or on Tuesday nights. ​

San Francisco People of Color Insight Sangha

710 Florida St

People of Color (POC) Meditation and Dharma talk led by Victoria Cary and Tara Mulay. For self-identified people of color. 30 minute meditation followed by a dharma talk on various aspects of mindfulness and Buddhist teachings. In person at our SF center (doors open at 5:30pm, sit starts at 6pm), we usually get 25-50 non-meetup folks attending, so there's a lot more than what shows up on the Meetup page.

Meditation and Dharma Talk with Eve Ekman, Pawan Bareja, Chandra Easton

SF Dharma Collective Center (old ATS location)

Weekly class with Eve Ekman, Pawan Bareja, Chandra Easton. 30 minute meditation followed by a dharma talk on various aspects of mindfulness and Buddhist teachings, including Tonglen and Lojong. In person at our SF center (doors open at 7pm, sit starts at 7:30), we usually get 30-50 non-meetup folks attending, so there's a lot more than what shows up on the Meetup page.

Past events (493)

Meditation and Dharma Talk with Michael Taft

SF Dharma Collective Center (old ATS location)

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