A Day of Healing, Loving & Celebration

A Day of Healing, Loving & Celebration

Sunday March 29, 2015 - 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Spend an insightful day celebrating your journey to freedom and deep love. For Self-Identified African American Women from the Diaspora.

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Unfolding of the Heart through the Divine Abodes

Unfolding of the Heart through the Divine Abodes

Monday April 06, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This series of four Monday evening classes will focus on the cultivation of these heart qualities through guided meditation, sharing of experiences, and question and answer periods.

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For People of Color: Beginning a Meditation Practice

For People of Color: Beginning a Meditation Practice

Wednesday April 08, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Are you a looking for a way to start a mindfulness meditation practice, but don’t quite know how? These classes will give you the basics of sitting and walking/movement meditation in the vipassana (insight) style, and metta (goodwill) meditation.

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Opening the Heart through Devotional Music

Opening the Heart through Devotional Music

Saturday April 11, 2015 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Join us for a day of heart-opening kirtan music, chanting and meditation, with traditional Indian raga-based melodies, and Bhakti poetry. No previous experience is necessary, and you don’t have to be a “good” singer to enjoy this retreat.

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Family Practice Class

Family Practice Class

Sunday April 12, 2015 - 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

We invite you to come and help create the diverse family sangha at EBMC.  We welcome families with babies, toddlers and children up to age 12.  The teachers will offer the Buddha's teachings and mindful practices that can be practiced at home.

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Retreat at Joshua Tree with Larry Yang, Konda Mason, and others
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Wednesday October 22, 2014

This silent meditation retreat seeks to deepen our connection to the beauty of our lives and our world through the wisdom and gentleness of our hearts.

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EBMC awarded the Cross Class Bridge Builder Award from Class Action
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Sunday August 17, 2014

"We appreciate the work that EBMC is doing to actively pursue participation by people of diverse classes and races; raise the voices and support the leadership of working class and poor people; and have an organizational culture that draws on the strengths of all class cultures."

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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, 8:00am - 8:45am. On hiatus

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!

Please vote to help us win a $10,000 grant!

Provided by the Women's Foundation of California. One vote per person, between now and noon PST, March 30. It will take just a minute to VOTE! Please also SHARE widely so we can keep the momentum going to raise much needed funds for the incredible work our Sangha is doing in the world!

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. 

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 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.