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San Francisco Zen Center’s Queer Dharma Group

Saturdays, 1 - 3 pm
The LGBTIQ Queer Dharma Group is an open group and newcomers are welcome. The group meets regularly (once a month) in the Buddha Hall at San Francisco Zen Center’s  City Center. For more information, the group’s 2012 schedule is on the website and the Facebook page can be found at San Francisco Zen Center Queer Dharma Group.

Honoring the Path of the Warrior:

Tools for Returning Veterans on the Journey Home*

Honoring the Path of the Warrior (HPW) is a program that assists post 9/11 & Persian Gulf veterans in making a positive transition from miitary to civilian life. It creates an opportunity for veterans to come together & connect with each other. During events that include rock climbing, hiking, gardening, writing, white water river rafting & camping, we provide research-based mindfulness tools that are both practical and accessible. Sensory Awareness is an integral component of HPW & helps to develop concentration, focus, discipline & the ability to meet whatever arises from a clear, responsive state. This process helps veterans honor their own strength & build a bridge for the journey home.  

*There is no fee and all events are non-denominational. The San Francisco Zen Center is our fiscal sponsor. These events are for veterans who have served in the Persian Gulf era, or since 2001.Visit the website

Dharma en español

con la Reverenda Konin Melissa Cardenas

El grupo “Dharma en Español” se reúne todos los miércoles excepto cuando hay sesshin o alguna festividad.*

(*No habrá Dharma en Español estos dias: enero 1 y 8)

Nos reunimos desde las 6:30 de la noche hasta las 7:30 en el salón de arte, “Art Lounge.” Todos podemos gozar de la energía del grupo si llegamos a tiempo.

Durante esa hora se leerá y comentará acerca del libro “Mente Zen, Mente de Principiante,” el texto de la enseñanza de Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. No es necesario tener experiencia con Budismo o Zen, ni haber leído el libro antes de asistir al grupo.

Para cualquier información adicional, por favor contactar a Konin Cardenas, líder del grupo: email ([email protected]) o 415-602-3101. O leer Bienvenidos a City Center.

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East Bay Meditation Center – Oakland, CA

Introduction to Meditation for People of Color
Thursday evenings, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

The ultimate aim of the practice of meditation is the ending of suffering and the opening to joy and freedom. Practitioners of color are invited to join this weekly group and learn to cultivate love and freedom in the present moment through the practice of mindfulness meditation. The group will include periods of reflection and silence as well as group discussion, Dharma talks on relevant themes and opportunities for celebration and community building. This is an excellent group for new as well as experienced practitioners of color.

Where: East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) located in downtown Oakland at 285 17th St. at Harrison, is 3 blocks from the 19th Street BART station.

East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) - Weekly Sitting Groups

The following Meditation Sitting Groups may include periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, guided meditations, dharma talks by the teacher, contemplative exercises, and/or group discussions. In keeping with EBMC’s commitment to Diversity, some sitting groups may be reserved for practitioners from specific under-represented communities.

Participation in Sitting Groups at EBMC is offered for no fee, in order to make them available to the widest possible audience. Instead, practitioners are offered an opportunity at the end of each session to make a voluntary offering, to the level of their ability, to support the teacher and the center. This is known as the practice of “dana,” or joyful generosity.

  • ABC (All Bodies Centering) Yoga
    A new weekly mindful movement class.
    Wednesdays, 5:15-6:30 pm 

  • Alphabet Sangha Sitting Group
    For LGBTQI/SGL practitioners.
    Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30pm

  • People of Color (POC) Sitting Group
    For practitioners of color.
    Thursdays, 7:00-9:00pm

  • People of Color Yoga
    Thursdays 6:00pm–7:00pm before the POC sitting group. 

  • Open Sitting Group
    Open to all.
    Fridays, 6:30pm-8:30pm
  • Qigong for People
    Open to all.
    Tuesday mornings, 8 am-8:45 am.

  • Recovery and the Dharma
    3rd Saturdays, 1:30 pm-5 pm.

  • Every Body Every Mind Sangha
    For people living with disabilities, limitations, differences and chronic illnesses.
    Sundays, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Where: 285 17th Street, Oakland, CA (at Harrison)

Meditation in Recovery-Mondays, 7:30 - 9 pm

San Francisco Zen Center
300 Page St., San Francisco

This drop-in group explores the connections between Buddhist practice and recovery. The evening begins with a brief meditation instruction, followed by a period of meditation, a short talk and discussion. 
The group is led by senior practitioners in recovery. Donation requested.

Meditation in Recovery

Fridays, 7:30 - 9 pm

Hartford Street Zen Center
57 Hartford Street,
San Francisco

Women’s Meditation in Recovery

1st Thursday of the month, 7:15-8:45 pm
Hartford Street Zen Center
57 Hartford Street,
 San Francisco

Buddhism and Twelve Step Support Group

1st Sunday of every month, 7:30 -9:00pm
Insight Meditation Center
108 Birch St., Redwood City, CA

Group discussion and study exploring the Twelve Step program and Buddhist practice through Kevin Griffin’s book, A Burning Desire: Dharma, God and the Path of Recovery. Includes 30 minutes meditation, reading & open discussion. Everyone welcome. More info: Jennifer Lemas: [email protected]

Recovery and the Dharma

3rd Saturdays, 1:30 pm-5 pm
East Bay Meditation Center


9 Essays: Buddhism & The 12 Step Model of Recovery (PDF download).

These essays have grown from the Meditation and Recovery group which began meeting weekly at the San Francisco Zen Center in 2000.

Though written by one person, they represent the experience, strength and hope of many. In accord with the traditions of anonymity in Twelve Step programs, the author remains unnamed. And in the spirit of gratitude which marks both paths, these essays are offered to anyone who has use for them, without copyright. They may be distributed free of charge. Our only requests are that the attribution to the San Francisco Zen Center remain, that this introduction be included and that copies not be sold for profit.

We make these essays available as a beginning text for those wishing to explore the connection between practice and recovery.

HIV Meditation Group

Hartford Street Zen Center
57 Hartford Street,
 San Francisco

Meeting Every Thursday & Friday Morning
10:30-11:00am, sitting meditation, 11:00am-2pm. At noon socialize in our garden. Enter through the door to the meditation hall
down the steps to the right of the building.

The HIV Meditation Group is open to those living with HIV, their friends, families & community supporters.

Seated meditation is the practice of bringing an open and receptive awareness of the present moment to experiences, allowing one to cease dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. “It is thought to reduce stress, bolster the immune system and improve health outcomes…”
~Dr. David Creswell, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, UCLA, July 2008.

Insight Meditation Group

Modesto, CA

Please note locations changes for 2013 for the following meditation group meetings.
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We meet every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8:30pm in the Mustard Building at the UU Fellowship on 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto.

We meet on Sunday afternoons from 12:30-2:30pm in the Mustard Building at the UU Fellowship on 2172 Kiernan Ave., Modesto. 

We meet on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30pm at the Unity Church of Stockton on 2025 W. March Ln. Ste. #5, Stockton.

All are welcome – please drop in.  If it is your first time and you are not familiar with meditation, please come about 15 minutes early.  Need more info: Lori Wong at 209-343-2748.

There is no fee for attending these group meditation meetings. Insight Meditation Modesto is sustained by voluntary donations and there is no obligation to contribute.

Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group

Sunday Night Sittings 7:00-9:00pm
Social Hall 
Congregation B'nai Israel Synagogue, 3600 Riverside Boulevard, Sacramento,CA (wheelchair-accessible)
40 minute silent meditation is followed by a brief break and Dharma Talk or other planned event.

Wednesday Morning Sittings 7:45-8:15am & 8:30-9:00am
(Come for one or both)

River Song Meditation, Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, 2nd Floor Room 14, Sacramento, CA
These are simply times to sit in community. No instruction or Dharma talk. We have chairs and mats and cushions.

For more info: Susan Orr [email protected] or 916-747-1573

Meditation Timers

Insight Meditation Center – Redwood City website

These audio files consist of various lengths of silence as an aid to meditation practice. A bell is rung once at the start and three times at the end.

You may download these files or listen to them in streaming audio.

15 Minute Meditation Timer


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20 Minute Meditation Timer


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30 Minute Meditation Timer


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40 Minute Meditation Timer


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45 Minute Meditation Timer


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60 Minute Meditation Timer


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“Chronic Joy” Blog from Seguin Sellards Spear

Seguin is a licensed clinical social worker who integrates mindfulness practice & psychotherapy; she supports Dr. Lipp by facilitating Transforming Anxiety & Depression practice classes & offers mindfulness coaching & psychotherapy via Skype. Seguin posts information on her mindfulness blog to support those who are living with celiac disease and chronic pain.

Her blog “Chronic Joy” can be found at the top of her resources page on her website at: