Meditation Sitting Groups are periodic (for example weekly, or twice/month) gatherings of practitioners, who practice meditation together Meditation groups can be under the guidance of a teacher or peer-led with the approval of the Leadership Sangha. Each session may include periods of sitting meditation, walking meditation, guided meditations, dharma talks by the teacher, contemplative exercises, and/or groups discussions.
In keeping with our commitment to Diversity, some Sitting Groups may be reserved for practitioners from specific under-represented communities, e.g., People of Color, LGBTQI/SGL communities, youth and young adults.
Participation in Sitting Groups is offered for no fee, in order to make them available to the widest possible audience. Instead, practitioners are offered an opportunity at the end of each session to make a voluntary offering, to the level of their ability, to support the teacher and the center. This is known as the practice of “dana,” or joyful generosity. (See About EBMC.)
Nuestra Gente Sangha en Espanol
Una nueva Sangha para apoyar a la comunidad que habla Español. Cada Tercer Sábado del mes: 9:30am –12:00pm
ABC (All Bodies Centering) Yoga
A new weekly mindful movement class. Wednesdays, 5:15 - 6:30 pm
Alphabet Sangha Sitting Group
For LGBTQI/SGL practitioners. Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
People of Color (POC) Sitting Group
For practitioners of color. Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Open Sitting Group
Open to all. Fridays, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Every Body Every Mind Sangha
For people living with disabilities, limitations, differences and chronic illnesses. Sundays, 6:00PM-7:30PM
Founded in a celebration of diversity, the East Bay Meditation Center welcomes everyone seeking to end suffering and cultivate happiness. Our mission is to foster liberation, personal and interpersonal healing, social action, and inclusive community building. We offer mindfulness practices and teachings on wisdom and compassion from Buddhist and other spiritual traditions. Rooted in our commitment to diversity, we operate with transparent democratic governance, generosity-based economics, and environmental sustainability.