Join a Spiritual Friends Group

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.

To join a KM group, contact SF Insight at 415.994.5951, send an email, or talk to Kitty Costello on a Sunday night. 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.