For the past nine months, the EBMC community has been engaged in a dynamic process to develop a strategic plan that articulates our vision and outlines strategic actions for EBMC over the next two, five and ten years.
EBMC staff and Leadership Sangha (Board of Directors) have been working diligently to craft our strategic plan based on input from the Sangha.
With the invaluable help of our organizational consultants and the contributions from our community, we are pleased to be able to share this final document with you!
To read online or download, please click below:
Naturally, we’ll be celebrating this incredible milestone! Please save the date of Saturday, June 2nd 2018; all are welcome!
EBMC’s Eighth Annual Dharma-thon will feature some of the Bay Area’s most inspiring artists on May 12! Dharma-thoners will enjoy an intimate dinner with performances by Melanie DeMore, Naima Shalhoub, and Michelle “Mush” Lee, with a delicious multi-course meal cooked by local vegan Filipino caterer No Worries. This event will take place at Betti Ono Gallery in downtown Oakland, an experimentally minded space for arts, culture and community.
To register, visit: https://www.firstgiving.com/event/EBMC/2018-Dharma-thon
One week per month (2-3 hours that week). The volunteer is expected to log-in to the registration email twice per week. We ask for a six-month commitment, renewable if mutually agreeable.
I have had chronic pain for most of my life. It is hard to believe that I feel serene these days, as there were many years when I did not think life was worth living with this degree of unrelenting discomfort.
I had been told to meditate in order to help with my physical and emotional distress and tried to begin a practice for years. The problem that I was experiencing was that I could not find a meditation group that was accessible for my needs.
Often, I could not even access the space because of financial limitations (I live off of SSI), fragrance (I have multiple chemical sensitivity) or because I was not allowed to lie down when I meditated (I have severe pain in my spine and am not able to sit for extended periods). If I did access the space, the ableism that I experienced within the group felt so alienating that I would leave. I do not remember how I found out about EBMC, but in 2012, I walked into the East Bay Meditation Center’s Every Body Every Mind Sangha: a practice group for folks with disabilities, chronic illness, and/or limitations that was donation based with no one turned away for lack of funds.
While I had experience with identity-based community as a radical, queer Jew, I had never come out as a person with disabilities nor sought community within this identity. I was astounded: I was surrounded by people that I could relate to, my access needs were met, and I felt held for the first time in years.
I remember going back to the Every Body Every Mind Sangha and hearing Jim Willems speak for the first time. Here was an individual who experienced the degree of chronic pain that I was experiencing, yet he did not seem to be suffering. How was this possible? I could not fathom having that degree of acceptance and peace around my pain.
The East Bay Meditation Center, along with the incredible teachers of the Every Body Every Mind Sangha, patiently taught me the Dharma and how to develop a meditation practice within my abilities. I learned the difference between pain and suffering and use this tool to this day. I learned that I can have a life with a lot of pain and also be truly content.
I do not exaggerate when I say that EBMC saved my life. I do not know what I would have done if I had not been able to access an affordable, justice oriented spiritual community that recognized my needs as a person with disabilities and never said that my access needs were “too much.” I am deeply grateful to the center and everything that it has given me.
Jess Dene Schlesinger
With four days left until the end of the year, we have just $3,750 left to raise to make our year-end Match!!
Please support #EBMC in continuing to be an accessible space for all by helping us reach our goal today:
Thank you for your generosity!
Contract Position Title: Event Associate
Purpose of Contract Position
The Event Associate manages East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) classes and retreats.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Manage classes and assist teachers
- Coordinate openings and closing of the center on the day of registered classes
- Oversee volunteers during classes
- Manages audio recording of teachers’ talks when appropriate
- Assist teachers during classes as needed, including giving center announcements and Gift Economics talks to the class
- Process donations to EBMC and to the teacher(s) at the end of each class
- Manages feedback surveys for each class and carries out data management tasks related to classes as needed
The Event Associate may do other EBMC tasks as agreed upon with other staff (e.g., trainings for volunteers and practice group leaders).
The Event Associate should demonstrate competence in the following:
- Familiarity and experience with the East Bay Meditation Center, through participation in practice groups and/or attendance at EBMC retreats or classes
- History of meditation practice and familiarity with the Dharma, especially as it applies to generosity, including the generosity of service
- Multicultural awareness, sensitivity, and competence in working and communicating effectively with people across lines of cultural difference and ability
- Experience volunteering at EBMC events a plus
- Able to work evenings and weekends. Commitment to an assigned schedule.
- Reliable, punctual, good follow-through on tasks
- Friendly, personable and patient
- Good communication skills
- Ability to work with close attention to detail for data management and accounting tasks
- Comfortable receiving feedback and responding quickly to changing conditions and situations
- Sensitivity to creating a supportive teaching and learning environment for all
Proficiency in the use of:
- Word processing, specifically Microsoft Office Suite
- Online event management
- EBMC Event Associate will work in a Buddhist center environment
- Required to attend a Monday afternoon staff meeting once a month, 12 – 2 pm.
- Will be required to work evenings and weekends
- Event Associate will expected to manage at least two classes per month.
- Must be able to physically lift 25 – 30 lbs and set up event space as needed for programs
- Compensation: $20/hour
Application Deadline: The position is open until filled. Please send your resume and cover letter to the contact person listed below.
EBMC Contact Person(s) and Contact Information:
Candi Martinez Carthen, Event Coordinator
candi (AT) eastbaymeditation (DOT) org
On Saturday, November 18th we gathered to celebrate EBMC Co-Founder and Teacher, Larry Yang’s new book, Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity & Community (Wisdom Publishing). Upon arrival, participants were invited to write a community blessing. We’ve gathered these blessings to share with our Sangha and beyond. Click on the link to read and enjoy.
Deep Bows, EBMC