The 3rd Wednesday of each month, from 7:30 -8:30 pm, Dr. David Pating Sensei leads a discussion exploring different works of Shin literature. Currently, the group is reading and discussing Shin sutras found in our Jodo Shin tradition: Junirai (Nov. 16),  Sambutsuge (Dec.21), and Juseige (Jan 18, 2017).                                 

No registration is required. Drop-ins are welcomed.          


ESSENTIALS OF BUDDHISM  COURSE                                                                                                                      APRIL 2017 Course in progress.  Registration closed. Next Essentials Course tba.

    This comprehensive introduction to general Buddhism is offered several times a year by Elaine Donlin Sensei. The course is held on four consecutive Thursday evenings (6:30 - 8:30 pm) and is an introduction to Buddhist teachings and practices, with an examination of Buddhism as a textural tradition and as a living practice.  Reading materials will be provided for each  session and the course will include a combination of lecture and class discussion. Topics include: the Teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, Major Buddhist Concepts, the Three Branches of Buddhism, and Buddhism in America. Additionally, at the end of each class, we will explore (and practice) different meditation techniques.                                  

No registration fee is charged. Instead, the "All Dana" model is used. Dana is the ancient Pali word describing "generosity arising effortlessly from deep gratitude". Students are welcome to make a donation of their choice  to the temple after the course has concluded.

The next offering of this course will be in April 2017.                                                                                                                Registration for this course is required.  Classes are kept to a manageable size to best foster open and engaged learning.   Please contact: with questions or to register.     

JUNE 19–JUNE 30,  2017

Two weeks of fun, friendship and the Dharma! Please join us as we learn about Buddhism, have fun, and make friends. Music, food, hands on activities, field trips and a chance to make the temple home. Kindergarten through 8th grade. High schoolers wanted to assist. Looking for adult volunteers, too.

What:    Summer Dharma School

When:   June 19, 2017 – June 30, 2017

Where:  Buddhist Church of San Francisco1881 Pine Street, San Francisco

Time:    9 - 4 pm (extended hours available)

Join us! To help, teach or just to observe!    

Contact: Nanayo Silver  Phone:  415-566-4118  /  Email:,

Or contact the BCSF office.