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 at eastbaymeditation dot org” to request Zoom link.
Dharma in Motion
Note: Dharma in Motion is currently on hiatus until further notice.
Every Body Every Mind Sangha
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!
Every Body, Every Mind Teachers: Debra Kerr, Kenji Oshima, Anne Finger, Master John W. Ellis IV, Beth Smith and Mushim Ikeda
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 at eastbaymeditation dot org” to request a Zoom link.
Maha Sangha for All People & Communities
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, Fresh! Lev White, Rebekah Eppley, Sarwang Parikh and Shay.
Time: Fridays 7:00 – 8:30 PM Pacific Time
Zoom info: Please email “mahasangha at eastbaymeditation dot org”
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: Please email middaysangha at eastbaymeditation dot org
People of Color Yoga
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.
Livestreamed every week, closed captions available.
Time: 5:45 – 6:45 PM Pacific Time
Zoom info: Information to be posted in POC Sangha Facebook group.
Or email: pocyoga at eastbaymeditation dot org
People of Color Sangha
PEOPLE OF COLOR SANGHA
Description: The People of Color Sangha is a growing community of people of color waking up and getting free!
Time: Thursdays 7:30 – 9:00 PM Pacific Time
Zoom info: Meeting details are shared through their mailing list (subscribe on their website), and their Facebook group.
Opening the Heart through the Buddha’s Teachings – CURRENTLY ON HIATUS.
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.