Entries by Anchal Bibra

Time Out with Tune-Yards & Friends – Saturday 12/12/20

As an expression of gratitude from Sangha member Merrill Garbus, we’re excited to announce that Tune-Yards will be hosting a musical fundraiser THIS SATURDAY, December 12th! The event will be on YouTube, FB Live, and Twitch. TIME OUT WITH TUNE-YARDS AND FRIENDS a meditative fundraiser for East Bay Meditation Center Featuring Maria Jose Montijo, DJ […]

Season of Gratitude Kicks Off with Drew Ollero

We’re excited to kick off our 2020 Season of Gratitude with a story from Sangha member Drew Ollero! Drew is part of the Alphabet and People of Color Sangha, and a graduate of Practice in Transformative Action (PiTA 8). Drew reflects on the interconnectedness of his practice with his intersecting identities… “Do you want to […]

BIPOC-Centered Support for Election Season Stress

East Bay Meditation Center is gearing up to support our communities during this tense election season with thoughtful programming designed to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. We recognize the ways that historic systemic oppression has marginalized many in our Sangha, especially the legacies of slavery that have resulted in the modern day police […]

Angela Davis & Jon Kabat-Zinn in Conversation Now Available

We are happy to offer a recording of Dr. Angela Davis and Jon Kabat-Zinn in conversation ‘Mindfulness and the Possibility of Freedom’. This was recorded at a benefit for East Bay Meditation Center back in 2014 and the learnings are still resonant today. Please note: there are very few offerings for which we have set […]

Read Candi Martinez-Carthen’s Gratitude Story

To wrap up a beautiful series of Gratitude Stories, EBMC’s own Event Director Candi Martinez-Carthen shares her experience with feeling genuinely seen in Sangha: In Fall of 2012, my dear friend Nayomi invited me to meditate with her on a Thursday evening in downtown Oakland. Having admired her meditation practice, I jumped at the opportunity, intrigued further […]

Crystal Johnson’s Gratitude Story: Practices for Liberation

In this week’s Season Of Gratitude, Leadership Sangha member and teacher Crystal Johnson reflects on how practices for liberation require tackling the messy… EBMC is a place that challenges and holds me at the same time. I first came to EBMC’s Friday night practice group, now called Maha Sangha, shortly after the center’s doors opened in 2008. […]

Cultivating Spiritual Freedom… by Challenging Capitalism

Dear Sangha Family,Can you envision a world beyond capitalism?For us, it starts with the Buddha’s first teaching that generosity is an essential component of spiritual freedom. When you visit or support EBMC, you also participate in this practice of generosity through our financial model: Gift Economics. This radically inclusive giving model ensures our programs are accessible to all. By offering […]

From René Rivera: My Journey from Chaos to Refuge

From protests in San Francisco to the cushion at EBMC, Sangha member and teacher René Rivera shares their journey finding a place of refuge for our Season Of Gratitude: By the time I was five years old I had lived at least a dozen places. By the time I graduated from high school I had […]