The East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) seeks a consultant to provide short-term, specialized project management support to the Real Estate Committee guiding the identification, purchase, and build out of a new facility for the Center in downtown Oakland. We expect the project to require between five to ten hours a week of consultation.
“Lives saved in Oakland means lives saved across the nation.”
May 20, 2021: East Bay Meditation Center #EBMCOakland has signed on to the Defund Police Coalition’s call to Refund, Restore, and Reimagine our communities in Oakland. The Defund Police Coalition has been working hard to cut the Oakland Police Department’s budget by 50%, and ensure that those funds are reinvested in much needed community resources, services, and programs that keep us safe and healthy.
As a result of grassroots pressure and tireless advocacy, a City of Oakland “Reimagining Public Safety Task Force” adopted powerful recommendations for how the city can be redirecting funds away from policing and into community health and safety. Please read these recommendations here: https://bit.ly/3oAkgZT They will be presented to the Oakland City Council, and will be discussed and voted on in the coming months. We will let City Council members know that these recommendations have massive, popular support from all corners of our city and movement!
If you’re part of an organization that wants to sign on to Refund, Restore, Reimagine – Support the Call to Defund OPD and Invest in Our Communities! – you can find the Googledoc here: https://bit.ly/3f7va6x
Unpacking Whiteness: Exploring the Delusion of Race from a Buddhist Perspective | A Benefit for EBMC hosted by Soto Zen Buddhist Association
Unpacking Whiteness is a 4-session online course to benefit the East Bay Meditation Center, led and facilitated by Crystal Johnson.
More white people than ever before are waking up to the terrible impact of racial injustice, and seeking ways to skillfully keep our commitment to relieve suffering. This class, taught from a Buddhist perspective, is designed as a collaborative exploration of our conditioning as white people and a time to develop skills for interrupting racism and building diverse community.
This class is designed for white people who are learning about whiteness; it is open to anyone who would like to join.
This event will benefit the East Bay Meditation Center and fund the initiation of the SZBA’s BIPOC Support Fund, a fund to support Black, Indigenous and People of Color in Soto Zen lineages. We offer sliding scale registration and invite you to give as generously as you can. The course is open to everyone, regardless of donation level.
You may sign up and find more information here: www.szba.org/courses
The March 16th Atlanta shootings claimed the lives of eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, including 63-year-old Buddhist, Yong Ae Yue. Yue’s tragic death follows upon months of unrelenting racist taunts and violence against Asian Americans, including the senseless assault of 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee in San Francisco. His daughter, who herself had been accosted twice in the past year and told to go back to Asia because “Asians caused the coronavirus,” described her father as a devout Thai Buddhist; his funeral was held at Wat Buddhanusorn in Fremont, California. Our temples have also come under attack. Six Vietnamese American temples in Orange County, California were vandalized in a single month; an outdoor Buddhist statue was spray-painted with the word “Jesus” at Huong Tich Temple. More recently, the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles was damaged when windows were smashed, lanterns broken, and the building set on fire.
Rev. Duncan Williams will speak about the National Buddhist Memorial Ceremony for Asian American Ancestors scheduled on May 4, 2021 – Forty-nine days after the Atlanta shootings. Forty-nine days after death marks an important transition for the bereaved in many Buddhist traditions.
Registered participants will receive a link to join us via Zoom with their EventBrite confirmation.
The Spiritual Teacher & Leadership (STL) training program launched in February 2021 with 30 participants and 4 core teachers. The purpose of the training is to cultivate future teachers and leaders to step into leadership roles within EBMC and into surrounding communities and sibling organizations.
Read more about the participants HERE.
The East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) expresses our collective grief and outrage at the ongoing violence targeting Asian and Asian Americans and in the wake of the most recent tragic attack in Atlanta. We stand in solidarity with Asian and Asian Americans in beloved community.
These violent acts of hatred are arising due to the current and historical oppression of Asian Americans in the U.S. They are the direct result of our nation’s deep roots in white supremacy, imperialism, and xenophobia.
EBMC is committed to co-creating a culture of strongly-rooted resistance, resilience and well-being. This is our steady response to the violence and injustice we witness in society. We continue to cultivate the ground for deep systemic change, to end multigenerational patterns of oppression, and to uphold a spiritual vision for freedom and joy for everyone. This is a time to take refuge in the three jewels of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, and support one another on the path of non-harming.
East Bay Meditation Center will continue to offer collective spaces for healing and taking refuge together in Sangha, especially in the coming weeks. We will share programming updates that will include space for our Asian and Asian American Sangha members and opportunities to build solidarity with our BIPOC/White allies. In the meantime, we continue to hold space at our People of Color Sangha practice group on Thursday evenings and our Asian American Deep Refuge group on Tuesday evenings. We are in the process of scheduling more programming and will share details soon. We encourage you to lean on EBMC and each other in Sangha during this time.
The following is a link to compiled resources, including donation, volunteer, and action opportunities: https://anti-asianviolenceresources.carrd.co/
[Cover image used with permission from artist Pauline Cuevas. Artwork was commissioned by the California Endowment.]
February 28, 2021
Volunteer Position Description: EBMC Real Estate Subcommittee member
We are very happy to be at a point in our search for a sustainable home for EBMC that we need to add members to the EBMC Real Estate Subcommittee of the Space Force! The Space Force (officially the Advisory Committee to the Strategic Planning Committee) is the group in our sangha(spiritual community) that has been working to move EBMC to a sustainable home. During this time of pandemic we have continued to meet and work toward this goal. As we move closer to the time of purchasing a building, we are seeking additional volunteer support.
We are looking for someone who:
- Is able to physically visit potential buildings in downtown Oakland to assess for appropriateness
- Has commercial real estate transaction experience: purchase, contracts, subcontracting
- Can attend bi-weekly meetings of the Real Estate Subcommittee (every other Tuesday, 2:00-3:00 pm Pacific time), and, when possible, monthly meetings of the Space Force (Second Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm Pacific time)
- Ideally, would have expertise in ADA/accessibility, the Oakland real estate market and real estate project management
The estimated time commitment is four to six hours per month, including two Zoom meetings, which usually happen on a weekday afternoon. The committee uses a modified consensus decision-making process, using gradients of agreement. (We’re happy to tell you more.)
By contributing your skills and expertise, you’ll be helping to create a new chapter in the history of American Buddhism and helping to shape the new home of one of the most diverse, social justice-centered sanghas in the world.
If you are interested, please complete this brief form and we will be in touch! If you know someone else who might be interested, please pass this on to them.
With deep gratitude for your practice and your support of our sangha,
Marian Urquilla, Kaily Heitz and David Foecke
East Bay Meditation Center Real Estate Subcommittee