EBMC Teen Sangha

EBMC Teen Sangha

Wednesday April 15, 2015 - 7:00 pm to Wednesday June 10, 2015 - 8:30 pm

EBMC Teen Sangha is a weekly meditation group for teens, ages 14-19. Our focus will be on creating deeper relationships with ourselves and each other, having fun, getting real and supporting each other.

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Going Deeper in the Dharma: A Group for Committed Practitioners

Going Deeper in the Dharma: A Group for Committed Practitioners

Sunday April 19, 2015 - 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

By playfully making friends with our hindrances, quietly watching as they arise and dissolve, and by practicing their “antidotes,” our minds become more alert, generous and non-reactive, and we become more deeply acquainted with the causes of true happiness and stability.

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Experience the Joy of Mindful Living

Experience the Joy of Mindful Living

Saturday April 25, 2015 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Please join us for this day of guided and silent sitting meditations, walking meditation, and mindful movement.

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To Cherish All Life: Buddha's 5 Precepts

To Cherish All Life: Buddha's 5 Precepts

Monday May 04, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Together we’ll safely take a deep dive into how to hold the questions and ethical complexities that arise when we grapple with trying to live in accordance with the Precepts.

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Practicing with Sexual Energy: Presence, Precepts and Power

Practicing with Sexual Energy: Presence, Precepts and Power

Saturday May 09, 2015 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

We will explore our intention to “not misuse sexuality” and how it both informs our practice and sexual choices within the context of our diverse lived experiences.

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NEW Gratitude Team meeting May 31st at EBMC! posted on

Tuesday April 14, 2015

“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” 
― Brother David Steindl-Rast

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Friends of EBMC Appreciation Tea, April 25, 2015
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Thursday April 02, 2015

Our beloved Friends of EBMC (monthly donors to East Bay Meditation Center), both past and present, are cordially invited to an afternoon Appreciation Tea with finger foods, Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 3 to 5 pm at EBMC, 285 17th Street at Harrison in Oakland.

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Home Page - Welcome

Welcome to the East Bay Meditation Center
A diverse community sharing wisdom teachings and social engagement.


Core Buddhist Teachings: 6-Month Curriculum


All regular groups except for the Teen Sangha are drop-in groups. No registration is required. Beginners are always welcome and meditation instruction is provided.

Alphabet Sangha Sitting Group
For LGBTQI/SGL practitioners. Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Qi Gong for People
Tuesdays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm (starting May 5, 2015)

ABC (All Bodies Centering) Yoga
A mindful movement class. Wednesdays, 5:15pm - 6:30pm.

People of Color (POC) Yoga Group
Build strength and flexibility while cultivating mindfulness.
Thursdays, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

People of Color (POC) Sitting Group
For practitioners of color. Thursdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Open Sitting Group
Open to all. Fridays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

'La Casa del Corazon'
Una Sangha para apoyar a la comunidad que habla Español. Esta clase esta en pausa hasta nuevo aviso.

Recovery and the Dharma
For those in recovery from addiction of all kinds. 3rd Saturdays, 1:30pm – 5:00pm.

Every Body Every Mind Sangha
For people living with disabilities, limitations, differences and chronic illnesses. Sundays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

EBMC Teen Sangha
Open to teens ages 14-19. Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm. Registration required.


Peer-led community practice groups.

Multiracial Deep Refuge Group
Meets monthly in Oakland 

Queer Leather Deep Refuge Group
Meets monthly in San Francisco

More info about these and other Deep Refuge Groups


EBMC community news, events, skill share, connections & resources. View our bulletin board

Recent Dharma Writing & Talks by EBMC Leaders

And many more!

“State of the Center” Interview with EBMC Center Director Brenda Salgado

Brenda Salgado

"As a new Center Director, I devoted 2014 to building relationships and strengthening community ties within EBMC as well as with other organizations."

 To read the entire report, click here.

April 19 is Vegan Soul Sunday

... and an exciting, delicious "Brunch with Soul" in Oakland that will benefit East Bay Meditation Center! Food prepared by the sensational duo of S+M Vegan. They are artisan chef geniuses! 10am-noon on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Humanist Hall. Brenda Salgado, EBMC center director, will give a 20-minute talk. Dara Ackerman, a wonderful Buddhist singer/songwriter will entertain us. Brunch ticket includes free entrance to Vegan Soul Sunday remix event that follows, noon to 5 pm, featuring keynote speaker Bryant Terry, a $10 - $20 value. 

Facebook event:

and link to make reservations/buy tickets:

 EBMC Brunch

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Support Your EBMC Sangha by Adopting a Bill!

We are excited to announce a new way you can practice generosity and keep EBMC's operations running smoothly: Adopt a Bill! You can adopt all or part of one of our monthly bills by clicking below.

Two Sangha members have already generously participated in this way of giving. Deep bow of gratitude, Beloved Ones!

Some of our bills include:

Insurance: $425 - ADOPTED                 
Phone: $50 - ADOPTED
Office Supplies: $175                     
Internet: $30
Program Supplies: $85                   
Web Hosting: $18 - ADOPTED
Rent: $4000                         
Database Hosting: $20 - ADOPTED
Security System: $45                      
Online Communication: $80
Bookkeeping system: $20  
Payroll Service: $150

Click on the Donate Now button. Choose the “recurring donation” option and indicate which bill you’d like to pay in the “Event/Program Designation” line. It’s that easy!

EBMC Wish List

There are a number of items we would love to have at EBMC that would make our home even more warm, efficient, and accommodating. Please view the Wish List page for more details.

Getting Involved: Volunteers are the Heart of EBMC!

Volunteering for EBMC is fun and inspiring, and a great way to deepen your spiritual practice. We have a variety of volunteer positions, some of which can be done anywhere with Internet access, and some of which require being on site at the meditation center, either on a regular basis or for a specific, time-limited project. Our generous, talented volunteers are an important part of the heart of our community, and are all leaders in helping to make EBMC a vibrant and sustainable community resource. For more information, check out our volunteer page.

 Volunteer painting crew

A few of our wonderful volunteer painting crew. To volunteer for other special projects like this, email through our Contact Us page. For more information about other volunteer opportunities, visit our Volunteer page.