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LGBTQI/SGL Sitting Group



A meditation group for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex & Same-Gender Loving Communities


Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm


With Shahara Godfrey, Joan Doyle, John Mifsud and other guest teachers


You are invited to join us at our weekly meditation group for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex & Same-Gender Loving communities. Because that's such a mouthful, we call ourselves the Alphabet Sangha. We gather for Buddhist meditation practice, Dharma teachings, and friendly, supportive community. Together we explore mindfulness and awareness for cultivating an open heart in our everyday lives.


We are a diverse, multicultural community, committed to social justice and to maintaining a Sangha that's welcoming to people of all races, ethnicities, classes, genders, abilities, sizes and ages.


We welcome people at all levels of practice. Simple beginning meditation instructions are always offered. If you have specific questions about meditation, a teacher is available to answer questions.


Please come fragrance free, to protect the health of all our community members, and to allow accessibility for those with MCS and environmental illnesses. Here are some helpful resources for being fragrance free.


For more info, visit the ALPHABET SANGHA WEBSITE


POWER TO THE PLANET: Mindfulness, Earth Justice and Stories for a New Humanity

featuring Paul Hawken, Lawrence Ellis, Konda Mason and Charles Eisenstein

First Congregational Church of Oakland   
2501 Harrison (@ 27th St.)
Friday, October 23
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Come hear four of our most important environmental justice and mindfulness thinkers -- and see excerpts from the breathtaking new documentary film, Planetary. See a trailer for the film here:

Buy Power to the Planet tickets at

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

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

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

Brenda Salgado

"As a new Center Director, I devoted 2014 to building relationships and strengthening community ties within EBMC as well as with other organizations."

 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.

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