Now offered online twice a week.

DHARMA IN MOTION (Tuesday) 

Description: Karuna Flow with Jess Dene Schlesinger is a Trauma-Informed and “Access-Centered” Yoga class— centering access for all bodies and minds. Connecting breath with movement, we will be invited to embody Karuna (compassion) for our complete selves, reminded that all bodies and minds are perfect and whole as is. Each class will focus on regulating our nervous systems, gentle alignment, connecting to the earth, developing resiliency, and embodying compassion for all living beings.

Time: Tuesdays 6:00 – 6:50 PM Pacific Time

Zoom info: https://zoom.us/j/382617023

Phone +1 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 382 617 023

DHARMA IN MOTION (Friday) 

Description: Unhurried & Unbothered with Keisha Turner – Cultivating deep awareness requires us to slow down. There are many lessons waiting to be uncovered in silence, stillness, and slowness. Unhurried & Unbothered: Yoga for Radical Restoration is an invitation to practice slowing down as the antidote for the violent pace of capitalism. In each session, the daily demands so many of us face to move quickly and do more will be greeted with the call to move slowly, do less, and treat our bodies and minds with great tenderness. We will practice poses that are slow, sometimes repetitive, and restorative in nature. Multiple expressions of each pose will be offered and participants are invited to practice lying down, seated, or standing, according to their own body wisdom and access needs.

Time: Fridays 6:00 – 6:45 PM Pacific Time

Zoom info: https://zoom.us/j/382617023

Phone +1 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 382 617 023

ALPHABET SANGHA

Description: A meditation group for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Same-Gender Loving, and Two-Spirit communities. Because that’s such a mouthful, we call ourselves the Alphabet Sangha. For more information, visit the ALPHABET SANGHA WEBSITE

Time: Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:30 PM Pacific Time

Zoom info: Please email alphabetsangha@eastbaymeditation.org to request Zoom link.

MIDDAY SANGHA

Description: Join our peer-led multicultural sangha for silent meditation practice and community building.

Time: Wednesdays 12:00 – 1:35 PM Pacific Time

Zoom info: https://zoom.us/j/770028979

Phone +1 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 770 028 979

Wednesdays
7:00 – 8:45pm
 
Registration is encouraged for each Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer sessions. Parents, caretakers and adult allies are encouraged to donate towards the sustainability of the Teen Circle program and teaching staff. 
Drop-ins ok. Open to teens ages 14-19. 
 
Led by the EBMC Teen Circle Teaching Team: Sarwang Parikh, Louijie Kim, Sara Oakes, Anthony “T” Maes and Raul Kahlil Betancourt
 
EBMC Teen Circle is a weekly meditation group for teens, ages 14-19. Our focus is on creating deeper relationships with ourselves and each other, having fun, getting real and supporting each other. Learn mindfulness meditation and explore the dharma (Buddhist teachings) in creative experiential ways. No experience necessary. We are committed to maintaining a sangha (community) that is welcoming to people of all identities.

PEOPLE OF COLOR YOGA

Description: People of Color Yoga with Satya de la Paz – Build strength and flexibility while cultivating mindfulness in this all levels hatha yoga class. Each class has a unique, inspiring theme and personalized instruction that will leave you feeling joyous and rejuvenated.

Time: 5:45 – 6:45 PM Pacific Time

Zoom info: Information to be posted in POC Sangha Facebook group.

PEOPLE OF COLOR SANGHA 

Description: The People of Color Sangha is a growing tribe of people of color waking up and getting free!

Time: Thursdays 7:30 – 9:00 PM Pacific Time

Zoom info: Please visit the POC Sangha Web Site for Zoom information

MAHASANGHA 

Description: Creating freedom in community, the EBMC Maha Sangha for All People and Communities is a meditation and dharma group with an emphasis on radical inclusivity and social justice.

Maha is a Pali word meaning whole, great, larger/largest, deepest, and Sangha is a Pali word for community, or community of practitioners. Together, these words represent a place where all people and communities are warmly invited to explore the Dharma together in keeping with East Bay Meditation Center’s core mission to foster liberation, personal and interpersonal healing, social action, and inclusive community building. We hope that you will join us.

The EBMC Maha Sangha’s leadership team of teachers, dharma leaders, and sangha members includes: Arisika Razak, Baruch Golden, Chinh Nguyen, Crystal Johnson, Fresh! Lev White, Jd Doyle, Lisa Moore, Shahara Godfrey, Syra Smith, Shay, and Anni Mackin.

Contact: mahasangha@eastbaymeditation.org

Time: Fridays 7:00 – 8:30 PM Pacific Time

Zoom info: https://zoom.us/j/8540323017

Phone +1 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 854 032 3017

EVERY BODY EVERY MIND SANGHA

Description: Every Body Every Mind Sangha is a weekly practice group for people living with disabilities, limitations, differences and chronic illnesses.

Please come and take part in this time to meditate, share our lives and support with each other, and learn more about the dharma. There is no need to register for these weekly meetings, just come and share this path together!

Teachers include Debra Kerr, Allison Shore, Master John W. Ellis IV, Anne Finger, Kenji Oshima, Mushim Ikeda, and others.

For more info, visit the Every Body Every Mind Sangha Website.

Time: Sundays 6:00 – 7:30 PM Pacific Time

Zoom info: Please email ebem@eastbaymeditation.org to request a Zoom link.

Opening the Heart through the Buddha’s Teachings

For Children Ages 0-13 and Family / Caregivers

2nd Sundays of the month, September – June
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Registration required. Please check the EBMC Calendar and Events pages to register for upcoming classes.

We invite you to come and be a part of the diverse family sangha at EBMC.  We welcome families with babies, toddlers, and children up to age 12. Children under 5 will need to have a parent/caregiver stay with them. We gather to create a safe refuge to share the joys and the challenges of parenting by cultivating loving kindness, compassion, patience and generosity with the support of the sangha.  It is a wonderful opportunity to have family time without digital distractions and to learn mindful practices for the whole family. Parents/caregivers and children meet together and sometimes separately during the class. Families with children under the age of 5 meets in a mindful playgroup. We are committed to creating a diverse family sangha, all families are welcomed.  No prior experience is necessary.

East Bay Meditation Center strives to be as accessible as possible. For the safety of our teachers, staff, volunteers and participants, we cannot provide assistance for personal needs such as transferring into and out of chairs, walking, eating, or using the restroom. If you require such assistance, you must bring a personal care assistant with you when you come to any event at EBMC.

EBMC is a fragrance free space; everyone is asked to arrive at EBMC free of fragranced hair, clothing and body products. For more information, please click here. 

Practice groups are gatherings of people practicing meditation or mindful movement together. Each session may include periods of stillness (seated, standing or lying down) meditation, movement meditation, yoga, qi gong practice, dharma talks by teachers, contemplative exercises, and groups discussions.

In keeping with our commitment to diversity, some groups are reserved for practitioners from specific under-represented communities, e.g., People of Color, LGBTQIA+ communities, people living with disability or illness, and young adults.

Participation in practice groups is offered for no fee, in order to make them available to the widest possible audience. Instead, we are offered an opportunity to make a voluntary offering, to the level of our ability, to support the teacher and the center. This is known as the practice of “dana,” or joyful generosity.