ONLINE: Parent’s Meditation Group: Practicing With Our Children & Families

An Online Meditation Group for Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers with Lisa Fujie Parks

Monday, September 26th 8:45-9:45PM PT (Time Zone Converter)

Closed Captioning Provided

September’s Topic: Practicing with our children and families: Sharing from the heart and beginning anew.

EBMC’s Family Practice Class teaching team will be offering a monthly parents’ meditation group for restoration, support and connection during these challenging times. We will offer a short talk, guided meditation and sharing. We welcome all parents/grandparents/caregivers of young people to join us. No prior experience is necessary.

Please note: This group is not intended for children’s participation.

Registered attendees will receive a zoom link to join us online with their EventBrite registration. 

Regather, Remember, Rejoice! – EBMC’s 10th Dharma-thon

Help us reach our goal by supporting one of our Dharma-thoners by clicking here!

As a Dharma-thoner, you will get to enjoy a magical afternoon of powerful music, delicious food, and beloved community at the Gardens at Lake Merritt on September 25, as we Regather, Remember, Rejoice!

 

Re-gather Remember Rejoice poster


IN PERSON & ONLINE: We Belong – Heart practice for Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous People of Color (QTBIPOC)

WE BELONG: Heart practice for Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous People of Color (QTBIPOC)

A Hybrid Class Series with René Rivera and Patrick Brown

Open to all self identified Queer Trans Gender Expansive People of Color 

Wednesdays, September 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th 6:30 – 8:30PM (Time Zone Converter)

As our world burns in conflict and violence we return to heart practice to find refuge and belonging. As Queer and/or Trans People of Color we are under attack, sometimes at multiple identity locations. This class series will create a space for us to practice together, to build community, belonging and resilience to hold our outrage, fear and grief. We will use the four divine abodes of Lovingkindness, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity as a foundation to resource ourselves to meet this moment. 

This class is suitable for both new and experienced meditators and open to self-identified Queer and/or Trans People of Color.

The class will be offered both in person and online. For those wishing to practice in person, space will be limited to 40 people to allow ample space for social distancing. We ask that all participants be fully vaccinated against covid19 and N95 or KN95 face masks while inside of EBMC.

Registered attendees will receive a zoom link to join us online with their EventBrite registration.

Agreements for Multicultural Interactions

Agreements for Multicultural Interactions at EBMC 

Created by  © VISIONS

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 during a session, ask first and respect their wishes.

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

 

To download a PDF Version of the Agreements for Multicultural Interactions, please click here

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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.