Applications Now Available for Practice in Transformative Action 8


Application Deadline: August 21, 2020

NOW OFFERED ONLINE (due to COVID-19 pandemic), and in its eighth year, our first year opening this yearlong program to English speakers who are in locations outside of the Bay Area in California in the United States.  This award-winning yearlong program of East Bay Meditation Center for social change and social justice activists, community workers and volunteers, transformative thought leaders is open to all, with a special invitation to People of Color to apply. PiTA 8 trains participants to take practices of inner awareness (mindfulness meditation) into their spheres of activity, and to ground themselves in a Vow Not to Burn Out. Please note: This is a secular mindfulness training program, not a Buddhist or Dharma study program with Guiding Teacher, Mushim Ikeda (EBMC Core Teacher).

Assisted by apprentice teachers Zahra Ahmed, Christian Howard and Unique Holland, with guest presenters at some sessions. 

SEPT. 13, 2020 – JULY 11, 2021

Notifications responding to applicants will go out by September 4, 2020 at the latest.





ONLINE: 4 Divine Abodes in Challenging Times: A 1-Day Silent Retreat

An online class with Rev. Liên Shutt
Saturday, August 15th 9:30AM – 3:30PM PST

As we continue to endeavor in creating a just and liberatory world in these shifting times, the teachings on the 4 Divine Abodes can help us stay centered and connected.

Qualities of Kindness, Compassion, Inclusive Joy, and Equanimity can be hard to access when there’s internal or worldly turmoil. Practicing these Abodes as guided meditations helps us to know them — for ourselves and to be able to send out to others.

Registered participants will receive a link to join us via Zoom with their EventBrite confirmation. 




ONLINE: Honoring Our Ancestors for Black, Indigenous and People of Color

Honoring Our Ancestors: Telling the Truth and Reclaiming Our Wisdom

Sunday, August 16th 10AM – 1:30PM PST 

with Arisika Razak

Based on who we are. . . what we’ve been through. . . how we survive and where we stand, we are on . . . sacred ground. We stand on the backs of our ancestors. -Ava DuVernay

How are our lives informed by the actions of our ancestors – our lineage ancestors, our art and activist ancestors, and our spiritual ancestors? What can we learn from their choices and experiences – and how do we integrate the multicultural lineages of warring peoples that we carry in our bodies? How can our experiences of intergenerational trauma provide a foundation for individual and community healing and the retrieval of ancestral wisdom? Join us for a half day of storytelling, dharma teachings, movement, and art in which we compassionately examine our diverse ancestral histories, celebrate our multicultural heritage/s and create a new liberation story. Please bring writing and/or art supplies with you – as well as an object that represents your innate connection to Spirit, the ancestors or your personal power.

Registered Participants Will Receive a Zoom Link to Join Us Online With Their Confirmation Email.

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Agreements for Multicultural Interactions at EBMC

Agreements for Multicultural Interactions at EBMC

Adapted from Visions Inc, “Guidelines for Productive Work Sessions”

Try It On: Be willing to “try on” new ideas, or ways of doing things that might not be what you prefer or are familiar with.

Practice Self Focus: Attend to and speak about your own experiences and responses. Do not speak for a whole group or express assumptions about the experience of others.

Understand The Difference Between Intent & Impact: Try to understand and acknowledge impact. Denying the impact of something said by focusing on intent is often more destructive than the initial interaction.

Practice “Both / And”: When speaking, substitute “and” for “but”. This practice acknowledges and honors multiple realities.

Refrain From Blaming or Shaming Self & Others: Practice Giving Skillful Feedback.

Move Up / Move Back: Encourage full participation by all present. Take note of who is speaking and who is not. If you tend to speak often, consider “moving back” and vice versa.

Practice Mindful Listening: Try to avoid planning what you’ll say as you listen to others. Be willing to be surprised, to learn something new. Listen with your whole self.

Confidentiality: Take home learnings, but don’t identify anyone other than yourself, now or later. If you want to follow up with anyone regarding something they said in during a session, ask first and respect their wishes.

Right to Pass: You can say “I pass” if you don’t wish to speak.

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I Vow Not to Burn Out

EBMC Core Teacher Mushim Patricia Ikeda writes in the August issue of Lion’s Roar magazine about the “Great Vow for Mindful Activists”

Aware of suffering and injustice, I, _________, am working to create a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world. I promise, for the benefit of all, to practice self-care, mindfulness, healing, and joy. I vow to not burn out.

Image: “Superman Buddha, Force Within” by Elisa Insua.