• Selene Chew

Things You Can Do Online to Keep Yourself Sane

Updated: Apr 11



With the COVID-19 situation, many of us are not prepared for the sudden change in our lifestyle: our physical activities are suspended, sources of income are affected, social connections are disrupted, mental capacities are overloaded. As we're practicing shelter-in-place, let's not forget that we are not alone and we can go through this together. As such, SFYAD has put together a list of online events/resources that you can participate with us as a community. Whether you need to add routine in your life, or feel support from a community, we're here for you. Feel free to reach out to us if you need any assistance or have any suggestions for online events.


All times are in PDT.


Online Events by SFYAD


Weekend Online Lunch Gathering

Every so often. Sign up here

Bring your own lunch to your own dining table and come online to hangout. The next few ones are on 4/12, 4/18 and 4/25. Sign up to be informed of the next one!


Daily Online Meditation

Every weekday 8:15am - 8:45am. Sign up here

This is an online daily meditation practice for anyone who'd like some routine or meditation buddies. No experience required.


Evening Online Yoga Sessions

Every Tuesday & Thursday 5:30pm - 6pm. Sign up here

Maybe you haven't been moving much since forever. Maybe you have back pain. Or maybe you just wanted to hangout. This online yoga is meant to bring together exercise buddies to stretch out yourself.


Evening Online Chanting

Every Monday & Wednesday 7pm - 7:30pm. Sign up here

Chanting the Heart Sutra, reciting Prayer for Safety from the COVID-19, and dedicating the merits to everyone affected by the current situation.


Bi-weekly Thank Buddha It's Friday! Online Book Club

Every other Friday 7:30pm - 9pm. Sign up here

Discussion on the book "Biography of Sakyamuni Buddha" and how it can be applied to our lives.


For all other one-time events such as online movie watch party, gaming, podcast appreciation, retreats, talks, volunteering opportunities, please visit here or subscribe to our newsletter.


Online Events by North America YAD


Online Kung Fu Class

Every Monday, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 11am - 12pm EDT Sign up here Organized by: Montreal Learn traditional Chinese Martial Arts (Wushu) Online.


Online Vegetarian Cooking Class

Every Thursday, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30 1pm - 3pm EDT Sign up here Organized by: Montreal Learning different recipes each week for a total of 2 main vegetarian dishes and 1 dessert.


Online events organized by San Bao Temple


Saturday Online English Dharma Service

Every Saturday 10:30am - 11:30am. Sign up here

We will be following Fo Guang Shan's English Dharma Service and have a Dharma discussion after.


Saturday Online Meditation Class

Every Saturday 9am - 10:15am. Sign up here

This online meditation session aims to help practitioners to continue their weekly communal practice. Light instructions will be provided.


Sunday Online Buddhism Class

Every Sunday 9am - 10:15am. Link to meeting

Discussion based on the book "Four Insights for Finding Fulfillment". In this book, Venerable Master Hsing Yun puts forth four discoveries that, when practiced, can bring peace, happiness, and success. Drawn from the Diamond Sutra--one of the most read, studied, and beloved Buddhist texts throughout the world--the four insights show us how to give, how to help others, how to live our lives, and how to develop ourselves.


For those who speak Chinese,

Sunday Online Chinese Dharma Service

Every Sunday 10:30am - 11:30am.

Live on Facebook. Every so often there will be full day dharma service that starts at 10am (for example, there’s Qing Ming Dharma Service on 4/5) Please visit their Facebook page for latest info.



Other resources


Looking for more cultivation resources? Here are the Best Online Cultivation Resources for FGS and BLIA Members.

Looking for some english apps by Fo Guang Shan? Here's a good collection of them.



Once again, feel free to reach out to us if you need any assistance or have any suggestions for online events. We can go through this together!

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San Bao Temple

1750 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco, CA.94109

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