The SFBC is part of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order (FWBO), an international Buddhist network of public centers, communities, ethical businesses, and social projects. Founded in England in 1968 by Urgyen Sangharakshita, FWBO draws inspiration from the whole of the Buddhist tradition and is based in central teachings that are common to all the main schools. At the heart of the FWBO is the Western Buddhist Order, made up of men and women from diverse backgrounds who have dedicated their lives to the practice of Buddhism.
We are located in San Francisco's Mission district, providing a comprehensive program of Buddhist meditation classes and courses, Buddhism courses, writing and performance events, yoga classes, residential weekend and week-long retreats, nonresidential day retreats, and more! For more information, see our calendar. We also offer some reasonably-priced meditation supplies, books, and cards.