Sunday morning services at 11:00 am
2650 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA
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  • Closed for MLK Day holiday weekend

    Date: 01/20/2019

  • Celebration in honor of Swami Vivekananda

    presented by Bay Area Gitanjali artistes Sonali Bhattacharya, Aditya Das, Ashidhara Das, Shyamoshree Gupta Diamond, and Anoop Bhattacharjya

    Date: 01/27/2019


    This program celebrates the life and times of Swami Vivekananda (Narendranath Datta) (1863-1902) commemorating the anniversary of his birth. Regarded as India’s first great spiritual ambassador to the West, Swami Vivekananda is perhaps best known for his inspiring speech which began, “Sisters and brothers of America …” delivered at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.

    We have selected Songs, Shlokas and Bhajans reflecting the philosophy of Swami Vivekananda, generating a secular social order through Religious and Ethnic Pluralism that would transcend differences of caste and creed and result in a unique place for India in the World.

    Our singers this morning are Sonali Bhattacharya, Aditya Das, Ashidhara Das, and Shyamoshree Gupta Diamond, with Anoop Bhattacharjya on tabla. All are outstanding artistes who have received praise and recognition for their performances and concerts both in India and in the United States.


  • Words in the Key of Tao - On the Meaning of Key Taoist Terms

    with Ray Vespe and Deng Ming-Dao

    Date: 02/03/2019


    Come and join the CIF community and the two presenters in reflecting upon the indwelling power of written and spoken words and some key Chinese language characters and their English language definitions, meanings, and qualities. Fourteen key terms in Chinese Taoist philosophy will be presented by way of their Chinese language characters, their etymological radicals and phonetics, their inner and extended meanings, and their applications to a Taoist Way of human being and human living.

    Ray Vespe is a retired professor, licensed counselor, and author of original renderings of, and psychotherapeutic commentaries on, Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu’s Nei P’ien, Lieh Tzu’s Hsing Shih Sheng, and Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching: Soul Journeying Commentaries: A Sojourning Pilgrim’s Rendering of the 81 Spirit Soul Passages.

    Deng Ming-Dao is an artist, philosopher, teacher, martial artist, and award-winning graphic designer and fine artist, and author of 365 Tao, Chronicles of Tao, Scholar Warrior, Everyday Tao, the Lunar Tao, The Living I Ching, Zen: The Art of Modern Eastern Cooking, The Wisdom of the Tao, and Each Journey Begins With a Single Step.