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ONLINE: Trust the Struggles: Making Peace with the Five Hindrances to Mindfulness

February 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Monday, happening 4 times

An Online Class Series with Melvin Escobar 

4 Monday sessions, February 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, 2024

6:00 – 8PM PST (Time Zone Converter)

Closed Captioning Provided

Why’s it so hard to meditate!? This question is as old as the practice. Join us for this class series that gets to the root of our struggles: The Five Obstacles. We’ll learn ways to work with these “hindrances” guided by Buddhist teachings, contemporary psychological frameworks and an understanding of structural oppression. Through talks, interactive exercises, stationary and gentle moving meditation, and recommendations for home practice, participants will gain awareness on how to use each of the five obstacles as gateways to deepen our practice.

Attend some or all:

Week 1 – Doubt

Week 2 – Sloth + Torpor and Ill Will

Week 3 – Restlessness + Worry

Week 4 – Sensual Desire

All Registered participants will receive a Confirmation Email & Zoom Link via EventBrite. 

Universal Access Requests for Zoom Participation:

  • Please do not use virtual or blurred backgrounds
  • Please keep your camera still when it’s turned on
  • Please repeat your name when you speak
  • Facilitators will attempt to read any comments in the chat out loud
  • A good microphone, strong internet connection, and quiet environment help with audio access
  • Please mute when you’re not speaking

Teacher Bio:

Melvin Escobar is a bilingual-bicultural Dharma teacher, licensed psychotherapist, and certified yoga instructor. He is a graduate of EBMC’s Commit to Dharma, and for more than a decade has served EBMC in a variety of roles, including on the development team for Resilience, Refuge and (R)evolution, a six-month leadership program for People of Color. He is a U.S.-born bilingual-bi-cultural Salvadoran who haswalked the path of service for most of his life, drawing on his life experiences as a working-class queer man of color. Having encountered the priceless wisdom embodied in Buddhism and Yoga, he continues daily to learn the revolutionary potential of body-centered contemplative practices for personal and social healing.

To support the teachings, please do so via:

Venmo: @Melvin-Escobar

 

Cost: There is no registration fee for attending this event, nor most EBMC events. However, EBMC is not independently funded. The Center and the teachers will be sustained only by your voluntary donations (the practice of generous giving, or “dana”). Please donate generously, in proportion to your ability:

* Either online (you will be offered an opportunity during the online registration process to donate to EBMC; the teachers will not receive any part of this online donation).
* Or directly to the teacher:

Venmo: @Melvin-Escobar

Thank you for your generosity. EBMC will be only be sustained through our collective generosity.

Details

Date:
February 26
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Categories:
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Venue

East Bay Meditation Center
285 17th Street
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
+ Google Map
Phone:
510-268-0696

Details

Date:
February 26
Time:
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Categories:
,

Venue

East Bay Meditation Center
285 17th Street
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
+ Google Map
Phone:
510-268-0696