Buddhist Church of San Francisco


Monthly Dharma Discussion

Living a Nembutsu Life - a BCSF Monthly Dharma Discussion 

Second Wednesdays Every Month 
Location: BCSF Social Hall 1881 Pine Street 
Free. Drop In. Open to All.   

6:30-7:30 Weekly Mindfulness Meditation (with Leo Joslin) (optional) 
7:30-9:00 Monthly Dharma Discussion meeting (with David Pating) 

Please join our BCSF monthly dharma discussion group:  "Living a Nembutsu Life" -- join fellow travelers in thoughtful reflection. 
Shinran says we are all travelers on life's great path.  Come share the experience of Buddhism in our daily life,   
Tired of suffering? Learn what Shinran would say?  Understand how Buddhism can help you in work, school, home and play. 
Using Shinran's "Tannisho" as our guide, we will reflect upon what it means to live as Buddhists in a modern world. 
No skills required.  Simply bring your thoughts and experience to share in discussion. 

2014 Schedule: 
(Tannisho Chapter) 

June 11- Prologue
July 9 - Chapter 1 - "Buddha's Promise"
September 10 - Chapter 2  "Buddha's Name"
October 8 - Chapter 3*, 4*, 5*, 6*   "Worldly Suffering" 
November 12 - Chapter 7*, 8*, 9*  "Wisdom's Way" 
December 10 - Chapter 10*/Epilogue  "Beyond Ordinary" 

*chapter and discussion topics will change according to progress in previous months.

About: Shinran's "Tannisho" is considered one of the world's great religious testaments inspiring millions. 

Several versions of the Tannisho are available from our BCSF office.Click Here

Recommended version:  "Grasped by the Buddha's Vow," Toshikazu Arai, BCA 2008  Please Inquire 415-776-3158.  ($20 donation) 

David Pating is an ordained BCSF Minister's Assistant and a practicing psychiatrist in San Francisco. 

Email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "  for questions.

Monthly Metta Gathering

Our Next Metta Gathering is on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 5 pm.

Each gathering begins with Kansho (calling bell meditation), followed by Dharma talk/teaching, guided meditation, and closes with oral recitations.

All levels of Buddhist practioners welcome.

 All schools of Buddhist practice welcome.

BCSF Monthly Metta Gatherings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for December (held on Dec 31) 

Sunday Morning Sangha Service

Our Sangha Services begin at 10 am every Sunday (unless otherwise noted on the calendar).  Our Sangha services include sutra chanting, a dharma talk, and a gatha (Buddhist song).  Services usually last for approximately 45-60 minutes.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

Twice a month, we offer services in Japanese at 1 p.m. Please refer to the calendar for details.


Essentials of Buddhism

Dynamic Introduction to General Buddhism!

Next Session: Summer 2014   (August)

Classes are each Thursday  6:30 - 8:30 pm   Dates - Aug. 7, 14, 21 & 28

Facilitated by  Sensei Elaine Donlin.

Suggested donation is $25, which can be made at the close of the course;

however, no one turned away for lack of funds. Free to BCSF members.

In order to have resource materials available for each class, pre-registration is required.  

For questions or to register, please contact the Elaine at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Elaine is an ordained BCSF Minister's Assistant and has been teaching since 2008. She is also partnering with the SF Zen Center to provide Meditation and Buddhism in the SF County Jail , as well as, is  Buddhist Community Clergy for serveral SF hospitals.

Sunday Morning Quiet Sitting

The weekly Sunday morning meditation  is held at 9:30 a.m. in the temple (hondo), prior to the regular 10 am service. The sessions are non-guided and feature quiet sitting. All are invited to come and engage in this practice to deepen their awareness of the Nembutsu teaching.


Upcoming Events

10/21/2014 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tai Chi

10/22/2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mindfulness Meditation 熟考

10/23/2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Essentials of Jodo Shinshu

10/25/2014 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Shizue Nakao Memorial Service

10/25/2014 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Evening Metta Service w/ Elaine Donlin Sensei ネブラスカ

10/26/2014 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Eitaikyo (Perpetual Memorial Service)

10/26/2014 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Japanese Service 日本のサービス

10/27/2014 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Gentle Yoga

10/28/2014 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tai Chi

10/29/2014 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mindfulness Meditation 熟考

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