Meditation Groups

Meditation groups in the San Francisco Bay Area

 
Sitting regularly with a group and teacher is one of the strongest supports for deepening spiritual practice. This is not an exhaustive list. 
 
Most are evening groups — always check the websites for times & updates. Most are on dāna (Pāli for “generosity”, in this case referring to the classes inviting donations instead of charging a fixed price).
 
The format in most cases is meditation period and then a dharma talk.
 
Monday
 
Heart of Light Meditation, Mike McGarry
6:30-8:15pm, East Bay Healing Collective, (1840 Alcatraz, Berkeley)
www.healingcollective.org
 
Infinite Smile Sangha
7:30 pm-9pm Lafayette Christian Church 584 Glenside Drive Lafayette, CA 94549
http://www.infinitesmile.org/
 
Monday Night Dharma, led by Anushka Fernandopulle
7-8:45pm, CIIS, 1453 Mission, Rm 216, San Francisco
www.anushkaf.org
 
Tuesday
 
Insight Meditation Satsang, led by Sean Felt
7:30-9:15pm, Namaste yoga 2820 7th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
https://www.seanfeitoakes.com/
 
Oakland Shambhala
8-9:30pm, Temescal Arts Center (511 48th St, Oakland)
Meditation in this tradition is with eyes open but you can close them if you want.
 
Mindfulness & Meditation, led by Gary Gach (Thich Nhat Hanh style)
[morning] 9-10:30am, Aquatic Park Senior Center, 890 Beach Street, San Francisco
https://www.facebook.com/events/1041063512624595/
 
Mission Dharma, led by Howard Cohn
7:30-9pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church (1661 15th St, San Francisco)
http://www.missiondharma.org
 
Open Eye Meditation group
7-9pm 875 4th St. San Rafael
www.openeyemeditationgroup.org/index.html
 
Buddhist Temple of Marin
7:30pm 390 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
http://www.buddhisttempleofmarin.org/
 
Monks from Abhayagiri monastery (Thai Forest tradition) [FIRST Tue of each month]
Berkeley Buddhist Monastery (2304 McKinley, Berkeley)
http://www.abhayagiri.org/calendar
 
Walnut Creek Sitting Group, led by Ernie Isaacs
[THIRD Tue of each month]
7:30-9:15pm, Unity Center, 1871 Geary Road, Walnut Creek
 
Wednesday
 
Pacific Zen (they work with koans, informal and friendly group)
David Weinstein, Ilana Berger and other teachers
7-9pm 5463 College Avenue, Oakland, Ca 94618
http://www.oaklandzen.org/
 
Oakland Against the Stream
7:00-8:30, 111 Fairmount Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
http://www.buddhistinsightnetwork.org/sangha/against-stream-oakland
 
Metta Dharma Foundation, led by Richard Shankman
7:15-9:15pm, St. Clement’s church, 2837 Claremont, Berkeley, enter at the rear of the building
http://www.mettadharma.org
 
Soma Dharma
7:30-9pm 1436 Howard st, San Francisco
www.somadharma.com
 
SF Insight, led by Pamela Weiss, Trip Weil or guest
7-9pm, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin at Geary, SF
http://www.sfinsight.org
 
Rick Hanson’s group
6:45pm-8:30pm please check website below for directions, Dominican University, San Rafael
http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group/
 
Thursday
 
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley, led by James Baraz, Kate Munding and guests
7:30-9:30pm, Berkeley Buddhist Monastery (2304 McKinley, Berkeley)
http://www.insightberkeley.org/
 
Friday
 
Open Sitting Group, rotating teachers
6:30-8:30pm, East Bay Meditation Center, 285 17th St Oakland
http://www.eastbaymeditation.org
 
Saturday
 
Saturday Night Sangha, (peer-led, optional outing for dinner afterwards)
6-7:30pm, East Bay Healing Collective, 1840 Alcatraz, Berkeley
http://www.healingcollective.org
 
Hartford Street Zen Center
9:25am Zazen followed by dharma talk
57 Hartford Street
San Francisco, CA 94114-2013
http://hszc.org/
 
Sunday
 
Pacific Zen (work with koans), various roshis
9:30am-12pm
5463 College Avenue, Oakland, Ca 94618
http://www.oaklandzen.org/
 
Dharmata, led by Anam Thubten
[morning] 10am-12:15pm, Dhyana Hall (235 Washington Ave, Point Richmond) Anam is there every other week usually. Check the website before you go!
http://www.dharmata.org
 
Sunday Sangha, led by Will Kabat-Zinn
VERY popular, 7-9pm,
933 Parker Street, #38, BAY 5, Berkeley, CA 94710
https://sundaysangha.net/
 
Crimson Gate Meditation Community
Zen for mental health professionals but open to the public
7:30-9pm be on time. Doors close
3824 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
http://www.crimsongatemeditation.org/
 
Aloha Vihara Nuns
[3rd Sun of each month]
7:30-9pm, Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, 2304 McKinley, Berkeley, CA 94703
saranaloka.org
 
Alameda Sangha, led by Pauletta Chanco, Rebecca Dixon, and Deb Kerr
7-8:30pm, 2311 Buena Vista Ave, Alameda
sites.google.com/site/alamedasangha/
 
SF Insight, led by Eugene Cash
7-9pm, First Unitarian Universalist, 1187 Franklin at Geary, SF
http://www.sfinsight.org
 
Marin Sangha, led by Phillip Moffitt or guests
6-8pm, St. Luke Presbyterian, 10 Bayview Dr, San Rafael
www.marinsangha.org
 
 
Daily
 
Berkeley Zen Center, Sojun Mel Weitsman and others
1929 Russell St, Berkeley
BZC has practice every day, 5:40am, noon and 5:40pm and a larger practice period on Saturday mornings
berkeleyzencenter.org/weekly-schedule/
 
Berkeley Buddhist Priory (closed Mondays)
Sittings at 6:30am, 11:15am, 7:30pm
1358 Marin Avenue, Albany, CA 94706
Dharma Talk Wednesdays at 8pm
http://www.berkeleybuddhistpriory.org/pages/schedules/schedules.html
 
SF Dharma Collective
2701 Folsom st, San Francisco, CA 94110
https://sfdharmacollective.org/
 
San Francisco Zen Center
300 Page St, San Francisco, CA 94102
http://sfzc.org/city-center/about-us
 
Hartford Street Zen Center
57 Hartford Street, San Francisco, CA 94114-2013
http://hszc.org/
 
Also check
 
Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94710
Satsang on Tuesdays and Thursday nights
http://trikashala.com
 
Wisdom Sun
Noe Valley, SF. (Classes & retreats, no ongoing group)
wisdomsun.org
 
Buddhist Insight Network
BIN hosts the database for Insight Meditation groups worldwide.
http://www.buddhistinsightnetwork.org/sanghas
 
Amma’s Center
10200 Crow Canyon Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94552
Includes bhajans (chanting)
https://amma.org/groups/north-america/ma-center-san-ramon
 
Retreats
 
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
 
A beautiful and powerful place for retreat practice. Also hosts classes & workshops. They have a strong scholarship program, teen program, programs for committed practitioners, and more.
www.spiritrock.org
 
Insight Retreat Center (Scott’s Valley, Santa Cruz)
You have to apply a few months in advance but retreat is fully by donation. Very compatible to Spirit Rock. Not as big of a campus but everything else is fine.
www.insightretreatcenter.org
 
SF Zen Center, Green Gulch, Tassajara (CA):
http://sfzc.org/green-gulch
 
Deer Park Monastery (CA):
http://deerparkmonastery.org
 
Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center in New Mexico
http://www.vallecitos.org/
 
Cloud Mountain in Washington State
http://www.cloudmountain.org
www.healingcollective.org
Infinite Smile Sangha
7:30 pm-9pm Lafayette Christian Church 584 Glenside Drive Lafayette, CA 94549
http://www.infinitesmile.org/
Monday Night Dharma, led by Anushka Fernandopulle
7-8:45pm, CIIS, 1453 Mission, Rm 216, San Francisco
www.anushkaf.org
 
Tuesday
Insight Meditation Satsang, led by Sean Felt
7:30-9:15pm, Namaster yoga 2820 7th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
There may be a fee from the studio $$
https://www.seanfeitoakes.com/
Oakland Shambhala
8-9:30pm, Temescal Arts Center (511 48th St, Oakland)
Meditation in this tradition is with eyes open but you can close them if you want.
Mindfulness & Meditation, led by Gary Gach (Thich Nhat Hanh style)
[morning] 9-10:30am, Aquatic Park Senior Center, 890 Beach Street, San Francisco
https://www.facebook.com/events/1041063512624595/
Mission Dharma, led by Howard Cohn
7:30-9pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church (1661 15th St, San Francisco)
http://www.missiondharma.org
Open Eye Meditation group
7-9pm 875 4th St. San Rafael
www.openeyemeditationgroup.org/index.html
Buddhist Temple of Marin
7:30pm 390 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
http://www.buddhisttempleofmarin.org/
Monks from Abhayagiri monastery (Thai Forest tradition) [FIRST Tue of each month]
Berkeley Buddhist Monastery (2304 McKinley, Berkeley)
http://www.abhayagiri.org/calendar
Walnut Creek Sitting Group, led by Ernie Isaacs
[THIRD Tue of each month]
7:30-9:15pm, Unity Center, 1871 Geary Road, Walnut Creek
 
Wednesday
Pacific Zen (they work with koans, informal and friendly group)
David Weinstein, Ilana Berger and other teachers
7-9pm 5463 College Avenue, Oakland, Ca 94618
http://www.oaklandzen.org/
Oakland Against the Stream
7:00-8:30, 111 Fairmount Ave, Oakland, CA 94611
http://www.buddhistinsightnetwork.org/sangha/against-stream-oakland
Metta Dharma Foundation, led by Richard Shankman
7:15-9:15pm, St. Clement’s church, 2837 Claremont, Berkeley, enter at the rear of the building
http://www.mettadharma.org
SF Insight, led by Pamela Weiss, Trip Weil or guest
7-9pm, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin at Geary, SF
http://www.sfinsight.org
Rick Hanson’s group
6:45pm-8:30pm please check website below for directions, Dominican University, San Rafael
http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group/
 
Thursday
Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley, led by James Baraz, Kate Munding and guests
7:30-9:30pm, Berkeley Buddhist Monastery (2304 McKinley, Berkeley)
http://www.insightberkeley.org/
 
Friday
Open Sitting Group, rotating teachers
6:30-8:30pm, East Bay Meditation Center, 285 17th St Oakland
http://www.eastbaymeditation.org
 
Saturday
Saturday Night Sangha, (peer-led, optional outing for dinner afterwards)
6-7:30pm, East Bay Healing Collective, 1840 Alcatraz, Berkeley
http://www.healingcollective.org
Hartford Street Zen Center
9:25am Zazen followed by dharma talk
57 Hartford Street
San Francisco, CA 94114-2013
http://hszc.org/
 
Sunday
Pacific Zen (works with koans)
(morning) various roshis
9:30am-12pm
5463 College Avenue, Oakland, Ca 94618
http://www.oaklandzen.org/
Dharmata, led by Anam Thubten
[morning] 10am-12:15pm, Dhyana Hall (235 Washington Ave, Point Richmond) Anam is there every other week usually. Check the website before you go!
http://www.dharmata.org
Sunday Sangha, led by Will Kabat-Zinn
VERY popular, 7-9pm,
933 Parker Street, #38, BAY 5, Berkeley, CA 94710
https://sundaysangha.net/
Crimson Gate Meditation Community
Zen for mental health professionals but open to the public
7:30-9pm be on time. Doors close
3824 Grand Ave
Oakland, ca 94610
rockridgezendo@gmail.com
http://www.crimsongatemeditation.org/
Aloha Vihara Nuns
[3rd Sun of each month] 7:30-9pm, Berkeley Buddhist Monastery (2304 McKinley, Berkeley)
saranaloka.org
Alameda Sangha, led by Pauletta Chanco, Rebecca Dixon, and Deb Kerr
7-8:30pm, 2311 Buena Vista Ave, Alameda
sites.google.com/site/alamedasangha/
SF Insight, led by Eugene Cash
7-9pm, First Unitarian Universalist, 1187 Franklin at Geary, SF
http://www.sfinsight.org
Marin Sangha, led by Phillip Moffitt or guests
6-8pm,
St. Luke Presbyterian
10 Bayview Dr, San Rafael
www.marinsangha.org
 
Daily
Berkeley Buddhist Priory (closed Mondays)
Sittings at 6:30am, 11:15am, 7:30pm
1358 Marin Avenue, Albany, CA 94706
Dharma Talk Wednesdays at 8pm
http://www.berkeleybuddhistpriory.org/pages/schedules/schedules.html
Berkeley Zen Center, Sojun Mel Weitsman and others
1929 Russell St, Berkeley
BZC has practice every day, 5:40am, noon and 5:40pm and a larger practice period on Saturday mornings
berkeleyzencenter.org/weekly-schedule/
San Francisco Zen Center
300 Page St, San Francisco, CA 94102
http://sfzc.org/city-center/about-us
Hartford Street Zen Center
57 Hartford Street
San Francisco, CA 94114-2013
http://hszc.org/
 
Also check
Rudramandir, 830 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94710
Satsang on Tuesdays and Thursday nights
http://trikashala.com
Wisdom Sun
Noe Valley, SF. (Classes & retreats, no ongoing group)
wisdomsun.org
Buddhist Insight Network
BIN hosts the database for Insight Meditation groups worldwide.
http://www.buddhistinsightnetwork.org/sanghas
Amma
10200 Crow Canyon Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94552
https://amma.org/groups/north-america/ma-center-san-ramon
Retreats
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
A beautiful and powerful place for retreat practice. Also hosts classes & workshops. They have a strong scholarship program, teen program, programs for committed practitioners, and more.
www.spiritrock.org
Insight Retreat Center (Scott’s Valley, Santa Cruz)
You have to apply a few months in advance but retreat is fully by donation. Very compatible to Spirit Rock. Not as big of a campus but everything else is fine.
www.insightretreatcenter.org
SF Zen Center, Green Gulch, Tassajara (CA):
http://sfzc.org/green-gulch
Deer Park Monastery (CA):
http://deerparkmonastery.org
Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center in New Mexico
http://www.vallecitos.org/
Cloud Mountain in Washington State
http://www.cloudmountain.org