Cultivating Spiritual Freedom… by Challenging Capitalism

Dear Sangha Family,Can you envision a world beyond capitalism?For us, it starts with the Buddha’s first teaching that generosity is an essential component of spiritual freedom. When you visit or support EBMC, you also participate in this practice of generosity through our financial model: Gift Economics. This radically inclusive giving model ensures our programs are accessible to all. By offering […]

From René Rivera: My Journey from Chaos to Refuge

From protests in San Francisco to the cushion at EBMC, Sangha member and teacher René Rivera shares their journey finding a place of refuge for our Season Of Gratitude: By the time I was five years old I had lived at least a dozen places. By the time I graduated from high school I had […]

Gratitude Story from Melvin Escobar: Growing and Healing from Trauma

In this week’s Season Of Gratitude, EBMC Sangha member and teacher Melvin Escobar shares his experience with the potential to transform trauma through connection in Sangha: In this week’s Season Of Gratitude, EBMC Sangha member and teacher Melvin Escobar shares his experience with the potential to transform trauma through connection in Sangha: What’s in your […]

Gratitude Story from emiko yoshikami: How EBMC transformed my broken pieces

Dear Sangha, We are grateful and thrilled to announce that a generous Sangha member has offered to match all gifts to EBMC, up to $10,000! Between now and the end of the year, you can double the impact of your generosity to EBMC dollar for dollar. As we enter our Season of Gratitude at EBMC, […]

Where to buy respirator masks: regularly updated list

Sangha, let’s take care of one another! Here’s a regularly updated list of where you can find respirator masks in the Bay Area. Thank you to CompassPoint for guiding us to this list.  

White Awakening and Sangha

Six Session Program for White Practitioners January 27 – June 2, 2019 (Applications due December 1, 2018) EBMC’s White and Awakening in Sangha (WAS), is designed to build the awareness and skills of white practitioners toward the creation of a truly inclusive sangha. For more information and an application form, go to If you […]

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 making strides to make this the most inclusive neuroscience study of meditation to date. We have recently made it more inclusive by expanding the ages included, in dialogue with EBMC community members. We are looking for diverse meditators […]

Seeking new EBMC board members! Oct. 22 deadline

We’re seeking new #EBMC board of directors members! Want to help make social justice movement and socially-engaged Buddhist history? Applications due Oct. 22 for the amazing, diverse East Bay Meditation Center Leadership Sangha (LSangha). Three year terms. For full information and online application form, please go to or click here

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 […]

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 […]