EVENTS

Cultivating a Meaningful Life and Building Community

Cultivating a Meaningful Life and Building Community

Sunday September 18, 2016 - 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

In this half-daylong retreat, we explore cross- cultural practices that will help embrace the long journey of healing from Addiction and Substance Abuse.

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EBMC Teen Sangha Fall

Wednesday September 21, 2016 - 7:00 pm to Wednesday December 14, 2016 - 8:30 pm

EBMC Teen Sangha is a weekly meditation group for teens, ages 14-19.

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Restorative Practices: Cultivating & Sustaining . . .

Restorative Practices: Cultivating & Sustaining . . .

Saturday September 24, 2016 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Through the lens of the Dharma, this daylong will provide an opportunity for participants to explore their capacity for resilience and emotional risk-taking as they improve their skills to address conflict and harm as it arises between individuals and within our sanghas.  

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Survival, Resistance and Resiliency: Practice for Men of Color

Survival, Resistance and Resiliency: Practice for Men of Color

Monday September 26, 2016 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Together, we will explore our diverse experiences and definitions of survival, resistance, and resiliency, and how we can bring balance to our individual and collective experience as “men of color”* in our global community. 

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Radical Transformation through Bodhisattva Vow

Radical Transformation through Bodhisattva Vow

Saturday October 01, 2016 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

How can we save all beings, ourselves included, from suffering? 

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NEWS

Creating a Shared Leadership Model at EBMC
8 week process is launched!

Saturday September 10, 2016

As discussed at the May 22, 2016 EBMC Community Meeting, East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, California, began seeking an experienced and highly skilled organizational development consultant to work with a group of EBMC staff, LSangha (board) members and core volunteers to create a shared leadership model that operationalizes EBMC values of diversity, inclusion, equity and justice, captures the skills, talents and strengths of staff and volunteers, and supports long-term sustainability for the staff and the organization.

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What's the Importance of Gift Economics If "Money Makes the World Go Round"?
EBMC Sangha member Krys Simon's podcast

Friday September 02, 2016

If money does make the world go round, how can we create a world that works for all, especially for our youth of color? 

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WELCOME

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Welcome to the East Bay Meditation Center
A diverse community sharing wisdom teachings and social engagement.


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EXPLORING BUDDHISM AT EAST BAY MEDITATION CENTER


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


Core Buddhist Teachings: 5-Month Curriculum: Spring 2016




EBMC REGULAR GROUPS


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. 


Dharma in Motion
Tuesdays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm


Midday Sangha
A newly formed, peer-led multicultural sangha. Wednesdays, 12pm - 1:35pm.


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


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


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


 




DEEP REFUGE GROUPS


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




COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD


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




Recent Dharma Writing & Talks by EBMC Leaders




And many more!



TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR JOANNA MACY & TY BLAIR


Join us for Liberation Dharma in the Time of the Great Unraveling
October 28 at 7:00pm
First Congregational Church of Oakland

Presentations by our speakers with poetry, movement, chanting and an interactive process from the Work That Reconnects







BRUNCH HONORING OUR VOLUNTEERS, SEPT. 17, 2016


Calling all volunteers, present *and* past, we want to celebrate and thank YOU at our annual Path of Service Sangha brunch and optional open mic talent share on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, from 10 am to 1 pm! To RSVP, fill out this brief questionnaire at http://svy.mk/2bkZubr to help us organize the potluck lunch and the just-for-fun optional open mic sharing of a poem, a song, a painting or craft you may want to show. Each volunteer who fills out the RSVP and comes to the brunch will receive a special swag bag with #EBMC mystery swag that's just for our fabulous volunteers! If you have questions, contact us through the EBMC website. We look forward to seeing you at the brunch!





VIDEO OF ALICE WALKER AND JACK KORNFIELD NOW AVAILABLE!



The streaming video of our powerful recent event with Alice Walker, Jack Kornfield and Spring Washam is now on sale! Please go to: walkerkornfieldvideo.eventbrite.com.



You Can Also Still Purchase Angela Davis and Jon Kabat-Zinn in Conversation!


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!

Please go to http://videodavisandkabatzinn.eventbrite.com/.




EBMC Financial and Fundraising Reports, July 2016


For our mid-year finance and fundraising reports from our assistant director and development director, please 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.

Some of our bills include:

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