ONLINE: CALLING FOR JUSTICE Calling Our Humanity And Collective Wisdom for People Of the Black African Diaspora

Sunday, June 7th 11:00AM – 1:00PM PST 

We invite you, our Beloved Black Community, to come together to hold and to heal, to offer voices of resilience and strength, to remember our connection to the wholeness of the earth and the ancestors, and to demonstrate how waking up together in community is the deepest refuge we have.  With fierce tenderness, we will give voice to our stories of sorrow of sorrow, joy and regeneration. 

All registered participants will receive a link to join us via Zoom with their EventBrite confirmation email. 

 

 

ONLINE: Building Resilience and Self-love as Transgender, Nonbinary, Genderqueer and Gender Expansive Communities

Open to all self identified Transgender, Nonbinary, Gender Queer, Gender Variant, and Gender Non-conforming people

with Bri Barnett, Kalash Ka, René Rivera

Saturday, June 13th 2020 1PM – 4PM PST

In this time of pandemic we need community more than ever. We come together in community, as Trans* and Gender Queer/Gender Variant people to share our stories, our practice, and create a space to practice freeing our hearts, not only for ourselves, but for our communities and for the freedom of the planet.

This half day will include meditations, sharing, and discussions that nurture kindness self-love and resilience. This daylong is suitable for both new and experienced meditators and is an opportunity to practice in a space which will be lead and held by Trans* identified individuals.

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

 

ONLINE: Family Practice – Opening the Heart Through the Buddha’s Teachings

with Lev White, Jessy Zapanta and Julie Goeshe || Assisted by Lisa Fujie Parks

For Children Ages 0-13 and Family / Caregivers

Sunday, June 14th
10:00AM – 11:30AM

We invite you to come and be a part of the diverse family sangha at EBMC. We welcome families with babies, toddlers, and children up to age 12. Children under 5 will need to have a parent/caregiver stay with them. We gather to create a safe refuge to share the joys and the challenges of parenting by cultivating loving kindness, compassion, patience and generosity with the support of the sangha. It is a wonderful opportunity to have family time without digital distractions and to learn mindful practices for the whole family. Parents/caregivers and children meet together and sometimes separately during the class. Families with children under the age of 5 meet in a mindful playgroup. We are committed to creating a diverse family sangha, all families are welcomed. No prior experience is necessary.

Please note, each family only needs one registration. Thank You!

 

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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.

Learn More at: https://eastbaymeditation.org/resources/diversity/

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.