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Announcing EBMC’s New Half-year Radical Buddhism Leadership Program for People of Color!

We are excited to announce EBMC’s newest program: “Resilience, Refuge and (R)evolution” a six month Radical Buddhism leadership program for self-identified People of Color that begins in January of 2019.

In order to nurture and create deepened connectivity, networking and growth for current and future POC leaders, “Resilience, Refuge and (R)evolution” has limited its participation to 35 individuals.

Application period is October 1 – November 12, 2018.
Program is Jan – June, 2019.

Flier Design: Candi Martinez Carthen

Updated Information for RISE for Climate, Jobs, and Justice: Mobilization and March on September 8 in San Francisco

Updated information!   RISE for Climate, Jobs, and Justice

Mobilization and March on Saturday, September 8 in San Francisco

Location: Here is a map with our two primary locations.

Contingent: We will be marching with the Buddhist contingent, which is part of the faith communities contingent. The faith communities contingent will be at the front of Block #3 “We Rise for Democracy”, which is gathering at Embarcadero Plaza “stage left” (or if facing the stage head-on, to the right of it.)

When: Saturday, September 8, 2018

→ 8:30 a.m. | Meditation at Ferry Park

→ 9:15 a.m. |  Interfaith service at Ferry Park

→ 10:00 a.m. | Line up, music, celebration, and choral flashmob |Embarcadero Plaza – (southeast corner of the plaza in between the public bathroom and the half circle plaza stage)

→ 11:00 a.m. | March with the interfaith community to Civic Center Plaza

→ 12:00pm | Resource fair and street mural painting (We expect we’ll be breaking the world record for the largest street mural! And the faith community will have our own mural.)

Members of the Midday Sangha invite the EBMC community to join us at the San Francisco RISE for Climate, Jobs, and Justice Mobilization.

We will carry the EBMC banner. Please bring your own message signs, if you can. We will offer masks that protect from smoke pollution as a symbolic message, should you choose to wear one. If you are not going to join the 8:30 AM meditation at Ferry Park, meet us at the West Oakland BART at 9:15 a.m. if you want to travel together. Or join us in San Francisco by 10:00 a.m. at the corner of Mission and Spear. We will then meet up with the EBMC community members who will have participated in the meditation. We’ll all meet at the southeast corner of the plaza in between the public bathroom and the half circle plaza stage with the greater faith community.

Contact/ Please RSVP Joan Lohman 510-410-8062

roaminlohman2@sbcglobal.net

Please reach out to Joan if you would like to help organize, or text her on the day of the march to locate our contingent.

Governor Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit is September 12-14 in San Francisco.

Street Mural & Choral Flashmob

  • Street Mural –The faith community will have our own mural section within what we expect to be the largest street mural ever! Please contact Meg Duff <duffmeg@gmail.com> if you are interested in being part of this!
  • Music –The interfaith community will kick off the march with a huge choral flashmob! The interfaith community is looking for choirs and singers to join us for this. For more information click here and contact Derek Tam <musicriseforclimate@gmail.com>
  1. Volunteers– The faith community is looking for a number of volunteers to play various roles for the faith community on the day of the march. Please review this spreadsheet if you might be interested in helping with anything from carrying the Egret Puppet to setting up our Interfaith service altar.

Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice: March and Rally on September 8th in San Francisco

Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice

March and Rally Saturday, September 8th San Francisco

Gathering 10 a.m. Embarcadero Plaza

March to Civic Center 11 a.m.

Members of Midday Sangha invite the EBMC community to join us at the San Francisco Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice March.

We will carry the EBMC banner. Bring your own message signs. We will offer masks that protect from smoke pollution as a symbolic message, should you choose to wear one. Meet us at West Oakland BART at 9:15 if you want to travel together or join us in San Francisco by 10 at the corner of Mission and Spear. We can move to the march organizing spot together.


Contact/ Please RSVP Joan Lohman 510-410-8062

roaminlohman2@sbcglobal.net

Please reach out to Joan if you would like to help organize, or text her on day of march to locate our contingent.

Governor Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit is September 12-14 in San Francisco.

Be The Change, Be The Refuge: Cultivating Self Love and Collective Liberation with Sharon Salzberg and Spring Washam on Friday, September 28th

In such challenging times, how can we practice self care and also cultivate collective liberation? Join us for a visionary evening with renowned meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Spring Washam who will be discussing how to forget a path of resistance, resilience and love on Friday, September 28th at First Church Berkeley in benefit of East Bay Meditation Center.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

VIEW THE DIGITAL PROGRAM BOOK

 

Sept. 23 Benefit for Charlotte Maxwell Clinic

Wonderful music for a great cause! 6th Annual Musical Extravaganza to Benefit the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic (free acupuncture and other integrative care for low income self-identified women with cancer, including many women of color), which is located in downtown Oakland.
Sunday September 23rd, 2018
Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison Street, Berkeley CA
2:00 PM (doors open at 1 PM)
www.charlottemaxwell.org
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Marcelle Davies-Lashley
(Direct from New York City)
With Shelley Doty, Vicki Randle, Kofy Brown,
and Julie Wolf
Amikaeyla Gaston
With Elizabeth Sayre, Michaelle Goerlitz, and Mena Ramos

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Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3567378

Want to increase diversity in the neuroscience of meditation?

Participate in the first community-based neuroscience study between EBMC and UCSF called the EMBODY study. We are looking for diverse meditators who 1) are 25-65 years old, 2) have consistently practiced meditation for 5 years in their lifetime, and 3) are interested in brain activity during meditation measured by functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Participation would involve 1) phone interview and online surveys, 2) 3-hour visit to UCSF Mission Bay, including 2 hours in a MRI scanner, and 3) receiving a picture of your brain and $75. Travel costs are reimbursed. People of all genders, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, and ability status are encouraged to participate. E-mail embodystudy@ucsf.edu or call 415-514-8445 for more information.

People should not participate if they have magnetic metal in their bodies, would not be comfortable in an MRI scanner, and are having difficulty paying attention to experiences (such as breath and thoughts). For an informational pamphlet on this study, go to: https://bit.ly/2AGlz4q

Be Safe Coming to and Leaving East Bay Meditation Center! — Self-awareness Is Self-defense

Mindfulness meditation practice is of limited use unless it’s applied to our everyday lives. We want our East Bay Meditation Center Sangha (spiritual community) to be safe and to feel safe traveling from place to place by public transportation, and strolling or rolling down our urban streets. Download this free, information-packed article on self-awareness as self-defense from martial arts master Michele Benzamin-Miki here.
Photo:  Conner Baker on Unsplash

Doors Open for Silent Vigil, Meditation and Prayer – Wednesday, July 25th

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25: Are you seeking a refuge for silent vigil, meditation and prayer? East Bay Meditation Center will provide a space for silent contemplation as part of our weekly Midday Sangha, 12 pm – 12:45 pm, followed by an optional potluck lunch from 12:45 – 1:35pm. EBMC is located at 285 17th Street, Oakland […]

Apply now for Practice in Transformative Action 2018-2019 yearlong program!

Deadline for applications is August 6, 2018. This award-winning EBMC yearlong program is for people involved in social change who want to benefit from a solid foundation in secular mindfulness meditation-based practices and who are interested in learning how to share these stress-reducing practices with others in a culturally humble manner. PiTA6 is the sixth cohort of this unique yearlong experience for social justice activists and change agents. All are invited to apply, and there is a special invitation to People of Color. For more information, go to https://eastbaymeditation.org/programs/longprograms/#toggle-id-1
Please note that this is a secular mindfulness training program, not a Buddhist study program. 
Photo Caption: The PiTA4 yearlong program cohort, enjoying being in community at their daylong retreat, July 2017 

EBMC in the Buddhist media!

Article about EBMC in Lion’s Roar magazine July 2018

Read all about #EBMC in the Buddhist media! “Where Everyone Can Thrive”: A fabulous feature article about East Bay Meditation Center in the July 2018 issue of Lion’s Roar magazine. With wonderful photos of our diverse Sangha! You can purchase a copy of the magazine at EBMC for a $5 donation now (they’re in the kitchen on the table near the electric kettle; limited number available), or you can find out where to purchase it for around $8 at a newsstand near you by entering your zip code at this link: http://magfinder.magnetdata.net/. After June 12, you can also order this magazine as a single issue order from the Lion’s Roar online store.