ONLINE: Honoring the Past, Writing the Future: A New Year’s Ritual

An Online Class with Arisika Razak and shah noor 

Saturday, January 23rd 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST 

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For self-identified People of Color that fall under the spectrum of cis & trans* women, gender nonconforming, gender neutral, androgynous, and nonbinary folks.

Join us for a half day of storytelling, dharma teachings, meditative movement, and art in which we compassionately examine our diverse personal histories, celebrate our heritage, and create new liberation stories through writing. We welcome self-identified People of Color that fall under the spectrum of cis & trans* women, gender nonconforming, gender neutral, androgynous, and nonbinary folks. Please bring writing and/or art supplies with you – as well as an object that represents your intentions for yourself in the new year or your personal power. Utilizing the writings and wisdom of cis & trans* Black feminist artists, we will set powerful intentions for the New Year and reclaiming ourselves through ritual. This interactive workshop will include guided meditations, breakout groups, writing activities, and other practices related to fostering self-exploration while deepening our self-love.

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

 

 

 

ONLINE: Opening the Heart Through the Buddha’s Teachings: Parents Meditation Group

Monday, January 25th 2021 8:45PM – 9:45PM PST

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with Lev White and Ramona Lisa Ortiz Smith

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.

ONLINE: White and Awakening In Sangha 2.0

*Just Announced*

White and Awakening in Sangha 2.0

Dates: Feb 28 – May 16, 2021

Pre-req: This program is designed for and open to white-identified people who participated in the White and Awakening in Sangha course at the East Bay Meditation Center (or an equivalent program with permission of the teachers).

Description:
This in-depth program will provide pathways for building on and deepening anti-racist engagement, supported by Dharma practice and Sangha. This exploration will be informed by both traditional Dharma teachings and contemporary work around intersectional identities, ancestral healing, trauma and grief, structural and institutional racism and how self-identified white people can support BIPOC-led initiatives in the community. We will emphasize skill-building, engaged practices, and inner process work ranging from intra-personal identity through community action.  We will work within the Buddhist framework of commitment to non-harming, generosity, community healing, and the liberation of all beings.

Format:
This is an intensive, virtual 11- week program, alternating meetings of the large group, with small group meetings that center on support for community-based action.

  • 6 large group sessions, Sundays from 2:30-5:00 pm Pacific Time
    • February 28
    • March 14
    • March 28
    • April 11
    • April 25
    • May 16
  • 5 small group sessions, to be held on the weeks in between the large group meetings
  • Readings, reflections and homework, typically not requiring more than 2 hours per week
  • Practicum / volunteer component

Accessibility

Closed Captioning will be available for all Zoom meetings.  We regret that we cannot offer ASL interpretation at this time.  If you have other accessibility needs, please let us know on your application; we want you to be comfortable! 

Applications

To apply, please complete this application form.  Applications will be accepted until the class is filled.  The class is limited in size, so we recommend that you apply as soon as you can.

Questions

If you have questions about the course or the application process, please contact us at:

whiteandawakening AT eastbaymeditation DOT org 

 

We look forward to being with you!

Crystal Johnson, Kitsy Schoen, Heather Lear, Hilary Berwick, Brad Snyder, Evan Hoppin, Sarah Emerson

Agreements for Multicultural Interactions at EBMC

Agreements for Multicultural Interactions at EBMC

Adapted from Visions Inc, “Guidelines for Productive Work Sessions” www.visions-inc.org

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.