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

An Online Meditation Group for Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers & Chosen Family Members

Monday, May 23rd 8:45PM – 9:45PM PST Time Zone Converter

with Lisa Fujie Parks

Closed Captioning Provided

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.

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

ONLINE: How Have the Buddha’s Teachings Helped Me?

An Online Class with Mushim Ikeda

Wednesday June 1, 2022

6:30 – 8:30PM PST (Time Zone Converter)

ASL Interpretation and Closed Captioning Provided

For those who have taken either some or all of EBMC’s 5-Month “Buddhist Core Teachings” in Jan – May 2022, this is a wrap-up class where you can bring your “biggest” Buddhist practice questions, meet Dharma companions on the path, and rejoice in the merit that you have generated! Please note: The focus of this Class is on what you are doing to deepen your spiritual practice and to transform your life through these wisdom teachings. In place of our usual potluck, have your favorite beverage near your computer to toast one another in virtual sangha!

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

ONLINE: Nourishing our Spirits: A Sanctuary for Sex Workers

Nourishing our Spirits: A Sanctuary for Sex Workers

An Online Half-day Retreat with emiko yoshikami and Ariana Waynes

Thursday, June 2, 2022 11AM – 2PM PST (Time Zone Converter)

Closed Captioning Provided

During this gathering we will be welcoming in all parts of ourselves and exploring how to invite loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity to support us in our work and in our lives. There will be a welcoming circle, opportunities for reflection, possible journaling, and teachings on the Brahmaviharas. There will also be guided meditation and practices to open our hearts to the nourishment that is always abundantly available.

Current and former sex workers of all genders and job titles are welcome. For privacy, participants are free to use any name they wish for registering, and during the retreat.

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.