The role of the Program Committee is to cultivate programming, classes, series, daylongs, and other curricula to realize EBMC’s mission and promote safety and inclusion to create the refuge of the Buddha Dharma Sangha. The Programming Committee works with the greater center’s Sangha, composed of the Teacher Sangha, many Practice Groups, Deep Refuge Groups, and Leadership Sangha (Board). We strive for engagement with the Dharma through a social justice lens that not only guides but holds refuge in Sangha.

Program Committee Guidelines

Allison Shore

Allison has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 2003. A graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training Practicum at El Camino Hospital, she also trained at the Sati Chaplaincy Training Program, and is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader Program at Spirit Rock. Allison has taught in a variety of academic, clinical, and community settings, and volunteers at a local hospital as an interfaith chaplain. Part of the Every Body Every Mind teaching team since 2016, and the Program Committee since 2017, she is passionate about social justice, and making dharma communities accessible for everyone.

Anjali Sawhney

Anjali Sawhney, is a Certified Integral Life Coach from New Ventures West in San Francisco (2005) and a trained international Leadership Embodiment Teacher (LE: based on Aikido and Mindfulness, 2010). She is currently a facilitator in training for Strozzi Institute, a world leader in somatics and embodiment. Anjali has coached and led workshops for hundreds of individuals and teams including many at the California Endowment in Oakland as well as UCSF's School of Dentistry. In the recent past, she worked with Van Jones and his team on many of the Dream Corps' initiatives. As Director of Product Development at Charles Schwab & Company, Anjali lead a cross-functional team of hundreds for new services including marketing and sales training. Anjali received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco in 1996. Anjali loves nature, live music, dancing and working with untapped populations; she is sometimes allowed to dance with her teenagers, Aanika and Jai.

Jessy Zapanta

Born and raised in the Yay Area (Karkin, Bay Miwok, and Chochenyo territories), Jessy Zapanta is a community builder, cultural worker, and healing justice facilitator experienced in various forms of movement, trauma-informed counseling modalities, and bodywork. Jessy originally came to EBMC through the POC Sangha, is a co-founder of Dharma in Motion, and has taken on roles as part of the Family Sangha teaching team and EBMC Program Committee. Jessy has led or co-taught daylong workshops centering the experiences of queer, trans, gender-diverse, disabled, and neurodivergent practitioners. As a queer/pan nonbinary mixed POC with invisible illnesses and disabilities, Jessy is passionate about accessibility and facilitates a circle-based form of radically-inclusive movement meditation called Kapwa Flow which holds space for the collective needs of participants and draws from the Pilipinx concept of interconnectedness. A strong advocate for youth empowerment for more than a decade, Jessy’s path includes reclaiming diverse ancestral teachings, trusting intuition, and building intersectional, intergenerational communities of care.

Kristal Ip
Before becoming the Program Director, Kristal (she/her) was a sangha member, volunteer with the Alphabet Sangha Coordinating Committee, and Event Manager for EBMC.  She is very honored to have the role of Program Director and seeks to mindfully and wholeheartedly serve our amazing community.  Kristal grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently resides in Oakland, on the unceded land of the Lisjan Ohlone People.  She is also a certified massage therapist and occasionally teaches massage classes.  Her background includes a BA in Communications from UC San Diego, a MA in Geography from San Francisco State University, and diverse work experiences in places like the National Park Service, Exploratorium science museum, Marsh Theater, YMCA, Alameda County Registrar of Voters, and Crisis Support Services of Alameda County.  Those experiences, along with others, have taught Kristal so much about what community service is and can be.  Besides working for EBMC, Kristal loves swimming, nature, music, and spending time with friends and family.
email: kristal at eastbaymeditation dot org
Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore began practicing in 1998, with the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh. She joined the EBMC community by participating in the first Commit2Dharma study series where she began to deepen her practice of sangha. She is currently working with the programming committee of the Center and in Dharmacharya training with the Ven. Pannavati. She teaches at San Francisco State University where she supports the next generation of public health, harm reduction and social justice advocates.

Rebekah Eppley

Rebekah is a white identified queer person born and raised among rivers and trees on Abenaki land in Vermont. She’s lived in the Bay Area since 1991. She was first introduced to meditation and the Dharma through a Mindful Writing course in 2013 by her late teacher Chris Malcomb and started a more formal meditation practice with Zenju Earthlyn Manuel at the Still Breathing Center in 2014. She found her way to EBMC in late 2014 where she’s been practicing since.

Rebekah has had many rewarding experiences at EBMC including serving as a Temple Keeper. She made her Bodhisattva vows with Mushim Ikeda in 2017. She’s part of the Restorative Practices Deep Refuge group and serves on the Maha Sangha Coordinating Committee. Currently she’s part of the first cohort of EBMC’s Spiritual Teacher Leadership Training program which she will complete in 2023.

René Rivera

René Rivera is a leader and bridge-builder, working and learning in all the spaces in-between race, gender, and other perceived binaries, as a queer, mixed-race, trans man. René has been a student of the Dharma since 2004 and has been a part of the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) Alphabet Sangha since 2008. He has participated in the Commit to Dharma and Practice in Action programs at EBMC and the Community Dharma Leaders program at Spirit Rock. He currently serves on the EBMC Program Committee and Midday Sangha coordinating committee.

Sierra Pickett

Sierra Pickett has a passion for accessible Sangha building. At the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) — a ​gift economy based, social-justice Buddhist center that Jack Kornfield has called “the most diverse Sangha on the planet” — she has been serving as a long-time Coordinating Committee member of the People Of Color Sangha, a weekly sitting group offering safe(r) space for POC practitioners, ​​and currently sits on the Programming Committee for EBMC at large. A​n addition to Buddhist Peace Fellowship's board of directors, Sierra is a web weaver who sees networking as an intentional act of love connecting us together in reciprocal support​ and interdependence​. ​Volunteering with East Point Peace Academy for 3+ years, she values Kingian Nonviolence as a true avenue in transformation and is honored to have witnessed and experienced it first hand. ​An American Sign Language interpreter, ​Sierra loves expanding linguistic and cultural accessibility within a social justice framework. Easily spotted in bright colors, ​she will greet you with an infectious smile.

wei li king

wei li king (they / he) is a student of life that loves to connect dots and create opportunities for connection with community and land. Before joining EBMC to lead Operations and IT, wei li was building the decentralized web and has 7 years of work experience in technology sector as an engineer and program manager. Concern for hypergrowth and individualism from corporate capitalism pushed wei li's path towards ancestral healing, creative inquiry and engaged Buddhism - where they are actively finding a spiritual service through the Indigenous Land Back movement. wei li is currently a resident at Mangalam Center for Buddhist Research and completed a 300 hour/year long Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga program led by the Nyingma Institute.

email: weili at eastbaymeditation dot org