Sensing Freedom

Sensing Freedom

Saturday August 29, 2015 - 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Mindfulness meditation practice creates expansiveness and openness in our day-to-day lives. A spacious mindfulness practice can benefit a sense of larger perspective, bigger picture, and broader landscape that often can soothe the mind and calm the heart.

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Meditation & Movement: Creating Space in Your Body & Your Life

Meditation & Movement: Creating Space in Your Body & Your Life

Sunday September 06, 2015 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

This class will use meditation and movement to explore how to create greater mindfulness and maintain spiritual balance throughout the day.

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Beginning a Meditation Practice

Beginning a Meditation Practice

Wednesday September 09, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Are you looking for a way to start a mindfulness meditation practice, but don’t quite know how? These classes will give you the basics of sitting and walking/movement meditation in the vipassana (insight) style, and metta (goodwill) meditation.

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Yoga and Social Justice: Half-day Workshop for People of Color

Yoga and Social Justice: Half-day Workshop for People of Color

Saturday September 12, 2015 - 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

In this half-day retreat for People of Color, participants will learn how Yoga can serve those engaged in social justice work as a foundation for our self-care on the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual levels.

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Family Practice Class

Family Practice Class

Sunday September 13, 2015 - 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

We invite you to come and help create the diverse family sangha at EBMC.  We welcome families with babies, toddlers and children up to age 12.

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Volunteer graphic designers needed at EBMC
Feeling creative for a good cause?

Tuesday August 11, 2015

Feeling creative for a good cause? Volunteer graphic designers are needed for EBMC publicity materials. You can say how much or how little time you have to donate. Position description and more information available from EBMC's assistant director, 

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EBMC Statement of Love and Solidarity with Emanuel AME Church Community
posted on:

Sunday June 21, 2015

East Bay Meditation Center issued a Statement of of Love and Solidarity with Emanuel AME Church Community following the tragic news of the recent shooting in their spiritual community Charleston, South Carolina.

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A diverse community sharing wisdom teachings and social engagement.

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Social Justice and the Buddha’s Middle Way: Fall 2015

Core Buddhist Teachings: 6-Month Curriculum: Spring 2015


All regular groups except for the Teen Sangha are drop-in groups. No registration is required. Beginners are always welcome and meditation instruction is provided.

Alphabet Sangha Sitting Group
For LGBTQI/SGL practitioners. Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Qi Gong for People
Tuesdays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

ABC (All Bodies Centering) Yoga
A mindful movement class. Wednesdays, 5:15pm - 6:30pm.

People of Color (POC) Yoga Group
Build strength and flexibility while cultivating mindfulness.
Thursdays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

People of Color (POC) Sitting Group
For practitioners of color. Thursdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Open Sitting Group
Open to all. Fridays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

'La Casa del Corazon'
Una Sangha para apoyar a la comunidad que habla Español. Esta clase esta en pausa hasta nuevo aviso.

Recovery and the Dharma
For those in recovery from addiction of all kinds. 3rd Saturdays, 1:30pm – 5:00pm. Recovery Sangha currently on hiatus.

Every Body Every Mind Sangha
For people living with disabilities, limitations, differences and chronic illnesses. Sundays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

EBMC Teen Sangha
Open to teens ages 14-19. Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm. Registration required.


Peer-led community practice groups.

Multiracial Deep Refuge Group
Meets monthly in Oakland 

Queer Leather Deep Refuge Group
Meets monthly in San Francisco

More info about these and other Deep Refuge Groups


EBMC community news, events, skill share, connections & resources. View our bulletin board

Recent Dharma Writing & Talks by EBMC Leaders

And many more!

Please join us: Sept. 26 (Saturday) EBMC community meeting!
4:00 - 6:30 PM meeting, 6:30 - 7:30 pm dinner

(Note: This meeting has been rescheduled; it will not be held on Sept. 13 as previously announced.)

Please save the date! At the EBMC community meeting on Saturday, September 26, 2015 we will be sharing a beta version of the new EBMC Website! We’ll also celebrate the awarding of an honorary doctor of Sacred Theology (sacrae theologiae) degree to Mushim, one of EBMC’s core teachers, from Starr King School for the Ministry. And we’ll be sharing about the exciting ways that EBMC is being called into leadership in other settings. So come on down to the Center for a fun and informative time together, plus delicious food! EBMC will provide vegetarian food for our gathering.

EBMC Dharma-Thon 2015

We did it! Thanks to the donors, volunteers, teachers and presenters, and our fantastic Dharma-thoners, who helped us raise almost $17,000 at our 5th Annual Dharma-thon! Deep bows of appreciation to all!

We did it! Thank you for supporting our Spring Friendraising Drive and helping us get 27 new or upgraded Friends of EBMC!

Video of Angela Davis and Jon Kabat-Zinn now available for purchase!

Angtela Davis and Jon Kabat-Zinn

An edited video of "Mindfulness and the Possibility of Freedom: Angela Davis and Jon Kabat-Zinn in Dialogue," a benefit for the East Bay Meditation Center that was held on January 15, 2015, is now available!

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“State of the Center” Interview with EBMC Center Director Brenda Salgado

Brenda Salgado

"What we’re co-creating is an inspiration and a substantive resource for many many other individuals and organizations around the world. Within thecontext of today’s social and ecological challenges, East Bay Meditation Center is a hotbed of mindful, emergent leadership and movement building."

To read the entire report, click here.

EBMC Video

Support Your EBMC Sangha by Adopting a Bill!

Please practice generosity and keep EBMC's operations running smoothly by Adopting a Bill! You can adopt all or part of one of our monthly bills by clicking below.

Four Sangha members are generously participating in this way of giving and we ask you to join them. Deep bows of gratitude to our generous Sangha!

Some of our bills include:

Insurance: $425 - ADOPTED                 
Phone: $50 - ADOPTED
Office Supplies: $175                     
Internet: $30
Program Supplies: $85                   
Web Hosting: $18 - ADOPTED
Rent: $4000                         
Database Hosting: $20 - ADOPTED
Security System: $45                      
Online Communication: $80
Bookkeeping system: $20  
Payroll Service: $150

Click on the Donate Now button. Choose the “recurring donation” option and indicate which bill you’d like to pay in the “Event/Program Designation” line. It’s that easy!

EBMC Wish List

There are a number of items we would love to have at EBMC that would make our home even more warm, efficient, and accommodating. Please view the Wish List page for more details.

Getting Involved: Volunteers are the Heart of EBMC!

Volunteering for EBMC is fun and inspiring, and a great way to deepen your spiritual practice. We have a variety of volunteer positions, some of which can be done anywhere with Internet access, and some of which require being on site at the meditation center, either on a regular basis or for a specific, time-limited project. Our generous, talented volunteers are an important part of the heart of our community, and are all leaders in helping to make EBMC a vibrant and sustainable community resource. For more information, check out our volunteer page.

 Volunteer painting crew

A few of our wonderful volunteer painting crew. To volunteer for other special projects like this, email through our Contact Us page. For more information about other volunteer opportunities, visit our Volunteer page.