ONLINE: Resilience + Renewal During Precarious Times

An Online Class with EBMC Core Teachers

Sunday, November 1st 11:00AM – 1:30PM PST 

ASL Interpretation and Closed Captioning Provided. 

Given the uncertainty of our social and political situation, what resources can we bring to ourselves and each other? How might catastrophe and chaos be reframed in ways that transform difficulty into resilience?

You are invited to be guided through Ceremony by EBMC’s Core Teachers to experience what collective care might look like during these times of crisis and collective trauma. We will explore how our peoples draw on collective wisdom to survive and thrive despite the uncertainties inherent in life. In doing so we will make manifest the jewel of sangha.

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

 

 

 

ONLINE: “Race and Grace” Conversations on Liberation with Black Male Dharma Teachers

Sunday, October 25th 12PM – 3PM PST 

ASL Interpretation and Closed Captioning Provided. 

with Joshua Bee Alafia, Devin Berry, Justin F Miles and Larry Ward 

Poet Tongo Eisen Martin, Moderator Master John Ellis IV 

“Race & Grace,” is a discussion among Black male Dharma teachers. All are welcome to attend.

We have faced severe challenges recently – in politics and policing, education and the environment, healthcare and housing, income and injustice. This year these issues and others have been greatly amplified by racism – through both personal acts and institutional systems. How do these African American teachers face these problems and opportunities? How do these Black men balance their anger and despair with love and compassion? In this conversation teachers will offer their wisdom teachings – ancient, modern and personal – that can help all of us address the suffering of our times and move toward liberation…with grace.

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

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

An Online Meditation Group for Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers
Monday, October 26th 8:45 – 9:45PM PST
 
with Lev White, Ramona Lisa Ortiz-Smith, Michele Ku, Baruch Golden and 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 participants will receive a link to join us via Zoom. 

 

 

 

 

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.