Entries by Mushim Ikeda

EBMC is seeking a Strategic Planning Consultant & Facilitator

Request for Proposals Strategic Planning Consultant & Facilitator March 15, 2017 East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) is seeking an experienced and highly skilled consultant and facilitator to work with a group of EBMC staff, LSangha (board) members and core volunteers to create a strategic plan to guide the organization’s short, medium and long-term growth. This […]

Spiritual Sanctuary Statement

The East Bay Meditation Center aspires to provide a sanctuary space for anyone targeted by structural violence and profiling based on race, ethnicity, immigration status, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, and other categories. We provide spiritual sanctuary by offering a place of refuge for meditation and for those facing discrimination to be in beloved […]

Shared Leadership at EBMC

Shared Leadership at EBMC is both a collaborative governance system based on mutual accountability and a culture of respect and inclusion rooted in Dharmic society values. Our shared leadership approach stewards the mission and vision of the organization through role clarity, transparency, compassionate confrontation and timely attention to areas of tension.

Awakening Together on Inauguration Day

Join us as we accompany each other in being the dharma in our ever changing world. We will meditate together and share tea and fruit during the inauguration on Friday, January 20, 2017. Friday morning, January 20 8:30 – 9:00   Arrival and settling in 9:00 – 9:45    Mindful Meditation – sitting, walking, lying down, standing 9:45-10:45   Tea […]

Join the EBMC Contingent: Oakland Women’s March, Jan. 21, 2017

People of all genders, you are invited to join in building beloved community. Join our East Bay Meditation Center Sangha to practice moving-together-in-community meditation at the Oakland Women’s March on Saturday, January 21.  People across the gender spectrum and folks using wheelchairs and scooters are welcome. We are moving together in community to heal from the violence, hatred and fear that pervades […]

By Showing up in a Different Way, I Can Create Change

There is so much trauma in social justice spaces, including my own, and I have realized that developing the ability to apply mindfulness practice, to see things clearly, without judgment, has helped me navigate what are at times challenging and stressful environments. Three years ago I went through the Practice in Transformative Action (PiTA) program, […]

With So Much Uncertainty in the World, We Have a Place of Refuge

When I think about the times ahead of us right now, the political uncertainty and anxiety about what is to come, I feel tremendous gratitude for EBMC. As the election results were coming in, and my sense of fear began to grow, I knew I wanted to be at EBMC the next morning. The day after […]

Our Family Would Not Exist Without EBMC!

Wonder (萬德) would not exist if it were not for EBMC!  Wonder is our exuberant, four-year-old child who loves to run and run and run when he is at EBMC.  We chose an apartment within walking distance to EBMC because, other than our home, this family-friendly meditation center is the most important place in our […]

I found someplace to meditate in Oakland—and it’s all about diversity!

When I found EBMC, I was looking for a place where I could meditate with others, not out of any desire to engage with Buddhist practice, but just to concentrate more, to calm my often frenetic mind. I googled “Meditation” and “Oakland,” and East Bay Meditation Center popped up. I remember calling out to a […]

From Uncertainty to Purpose, EBMC Is There for Me

In my two years of finding community at EBMC it has been many things to me: a place of self-discovery; a center of healing; and a training ground for sharing my practices with the world. The first time I came to the Alphabet Sangha at EBMC, I was experiencing a lot of suffering and confusion. […]