Join a Spiritual Friends Group

New Group Starting January 2019

Investigating Our White Identity Through the Dharma

with Paul Irving & Eileen Spillane

This group is intended for dharma practitioners who identify as white and are interested in exploring our white identity in relationship with racial suffering.

We will meet once a month for eight sessions. Each session includes materials to be read or watched with self reflections prior to the sessions. We’ll discuss these reflections in the group as we hold our learnings with wisdom and compassion. 

We ask for a willingness to commit to the group for the duration of the 8 sessions to provide consistent support and continuity for the group. 

We will be meeting Mondays from 6:30-8:30 in San Francisco at the home of a Sangha member.
For more information, click here to contact Eileen Spillane.

Kalyana Mitta Groups

Kalyana Mitta translates from Pali as “spiritual friends.” These groups are a great way to deepen one’s practice and form closer ties with members of the Sangha. Most of our Kalyana Mitta groups at SF Insight act as study groups. Each has 5-15 people who meet from one to four times monthly, usually at someone’s house.

If you want to propose a new KM group focused on a particular topic, we can offer organizing and facilitation support.

The Spirit Rock web site also has a list of available Kalyana Mitta groups.


Dharmagiri, our sister sangha in South Africa, was founded by our friends and longtime practitioners Thanisara and Kittisaro. Since 2000, San Francisco Insight has helped fund and supported the launch of both Woza Moya and Khuphuka Projects, which serve thousands of people affected by AIDS in rural KwaZulu-Natal.

Currently Dharmagiri is supporting Kulungile Project, an initiative of Sister Abegail Ntleko, which provides a loving home for vulnerable children. Sister Abe has spoken twice at SFI and was hosted by SFI during her receipt of the Unsung Hero Award which was presented to her by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2009.

To donate directly to the Kulungile Project, click here.