Q. Is there a fee for the Sunday night group?
A: There is no set fee for the class. Suggested donation is $10, but you are welcome to give whatever you can. The teachings and teachers are supported by dana (generosity), an important practice within the Buddhist tradition. Your donation also goes to cover the cost of the room, and other operating expenses. No one is turned away for lack of funds.
Q. Will I know where to go or what to do when I first walk in?
A. We meet in the Thomas Starr King room at the Unitarian-Universalist church. (1187 Franklin St @ Geary) Sometimes we change rooms to accommodate a church function. There is a chalk-board that lists where groups are meeting in the church.
Q. What’s the format of the evening?
A. The general format is: 7 pm Meditation for about 45 minutes, a 10 minute break to stretch, get tea, socialize, etc. and then a dharma talk and/or discussion. We end by 8:55.
Q. Do I bring my own cushion? Are there chairs?
A. There are some cushions for sitting on the floor, but if you have one, please bring it if you can. There are plenty of folding chairs.
About the Classes:
Q. What if I can only come to 3 of the 5 classes?
A. Please contact the teachers if you can’t make all the classes. It tends to work best if you don’t miss the first few. Speak to the teacher in person, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.