Welcome to Every Body Every Mind (EBEM), a Buddhist sangha (spiritual community) open to anyone living with disabilities, limitations, differences and chronic illnesses. EBEM is a member sangha at the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) in Oakland, California.

Accessibility and comfort of every sangha member is emphasized at EBEM. EBMC is wheelchair accessible, and maintains a fragrance-free policy. Air purifiers are run during meetings. Sangha members may assume whatever posture is comfortable or necessary. Two types of folding chairs are provided as well as traditional zafu and zabuton cushions (round cushions and meditation mats for sitting on the floor). Members may lie down or use the side wall as support.

EBEM was founded in 2011 by Debra Kerr and Charlie Johnson, two of EBMC’s core teachers. Sangha meetings are led on a rotation basis by several of EBMC’s outstanding teachers who have health challenges themselves.

Each of our teachers leads the sangha in their own unique way. A typical meeting might include a half hour of meditation, small group and/or full group sharing, a dharma talk from the teacher, and Q&A. Beginners in meditation are always welcome to attend, and instruction is provided.

EBMC is part of the worldwide gift economics movement and is operated on a dana basis. Dana is Pali for “generous giving”. This enables all EBMC workshops and sanghas, including EBEM, to be available without fees or charges. There are many ways you can perform dana in support of your sangha and your community. Two very important types of dana are:

  1. Volunteering — EBEM volunteers help open and close the center, set up and break down before and after meetings, and related tasks.
  2. Donate — EBMC has physical expenses of operating and maintaining the center and its programs. Our teachers generously give their time and share their wisdom. Donations support our community and our teachers’ livelihood.

Before coming to EBEM, please be sure to read our fragrance-free policy. Thank you, and see you on Sunday night!

Time: Sundays 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Location: 285 17th Street (at Harrison), Oakland, CA 94612
Directions: Just 3 blocks from 19th street BART. Street parking is available. Bikes can be locked inside.

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