Liberation in Action: Cultivating the Four Noble Truths

Liberation in Action: Cultivating the Four Noble Truths

Sunday May 22, 2016 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

In this 4-part class we’ll study a selection of core Buddhist texts from both early (Pāli Canon) and later (Mahāyāna) schools, focusing on the foundational teaching of the Four Noble Truths.

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Spiritual Friendship: Traveling the Path Together

Spiritual Friendship: Traveling the Path Together

Saturday May 28, 2016 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

The Buddha said that spiritual friendship is the whole of the spiritual life. True spiritual friendship is amazing and transformative.

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Trauma and Transformation

Trauma and Transformation

Sunday May 29, 2016 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Our experiences of grief and trauma may be invitations to deepen our self-awareness, healing, compassion and transformation.

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Staying Cool in Our Chaotic Times

Staying Cool in Our Chaotic Times

Saturday June 04, 2016 - 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Impact HUB Oakland & EBMC present half-day retreat with Phillip Moffitt and Noliwe Alexander

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Movement for Right Action

Movement for Right Action

Sunday June 05, 2016 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

This daylong includes instruction in yoga-based, gentle body movements suitable for people of all abilities, meditation, reflective journaling, and creative, playful simulations of how we might incorporate mindful and embodied movement practices into meetings and protest rallies.

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Donate for Ecuadorian earthquake relief efforts

Monday April 18, 2016

EBMC’s Sangha’s thoughts and loving kindness prayers are with everyone in Japan and Ecuador who are affected by the recent earthquakes.  In Ecuador, a deadly 7.8 earthquake has caused immense destruction and a national state of emergency has been declared. 

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Fresh! White has been selected as a Community Grand Marshal for the SF Pride Parade

Thursday April 14, 2016

EBMC teacher and longtime Sangha member Fresh! White has been selected by the San Francisco Pride Board of Directors as a Community Grand Marshal for the SF Pride Parade, June 26, 2016. The theme of this year's Pride event is "Racial and Economic Justice."  East Bay Meditation Center is proud to have two of our teachers be Grand Marshals in this year's Pride Parade! Larry Yang, EBMC core teacher, was previously announced as a Grand Marshal elected by community vote.

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East Bay Meditation Center and Impact Hub Oakland Present

Staying Cool in Our Chaotic Times
With Phillip Moffitt and Noliwe Alexander

June 4: 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

Retreat Location: Impact HUB Oakland, 2323 Broadway, Oakland, CA
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EBMC Spring Community Meeting!

May 22: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

No registration required

Please join us for the EBMC spring community meeting and State of the Center report! Come early at 9:30 am for tea, coffee, and breakfast pastries


Social Justice and the Buddha’s Middle Way: Fall 2015

Core Buddhist Teachings: 5-Month Curriculum: Spring 2016


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

Midday Sangha
A newly formed, peer-led multicultural sangha. Wednesdays, 12pm - 1:35pm.

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

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

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

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



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!


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Deep bows of appreciation to our Dharma-thoners and their supporters!

Thanks to you, we raised $29,268, exceeding our $25,000 goal!  
Congratulations and huge thanks to everyone who made it happen!

Spice Monkey Restaurant Gives Proceeds to EBMC!

Our neighborhood eatery Spice Monkey is generously donating 15% of all checks from folks from EBMC back to our Sangha! Please enjoy their delicious food and tell your server you are from EBMC and want a portion of your check donated to us. The Spice Monkey website is here, and they are located at 1628 Webster, a block from EBMC.

Video of Angela Davis and Jon Kabat-Zinn now available for purchase!

Angtela Davis and Jon Kabat-Zinn

An edited video of "Mindfulness and the Possibility of Freedom: Angela Davis and Jon Kabat-Zinn in Dialogue," a benefit for the East Bay Meditation Center that was held on January 15, 2015, is now available!

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Center Director's Report, March 2016

2016 Finances: "As I shared in our Fall 2015 newsletter, we ended 2015 with about $361,000 in total income and $357,000 in expenses. Deep bows of appreciation to our EBMC community for your tremendous generosity, and for the sangha members who shared their beautiful stories about the impact of EBMC in their lives. We surpassed our December 2015 end-of-year fundraising goal, met our matching grant from the Kalliopeia Foundation, and we raised more than we ever have before in our end-of-year fundraising campaign. We had a net of $13,625 for the programs that are transforming lives every day!

For 2016, we are stretching and growing together: we are aiming our sights toward $439,000 in income, and $414,000 in expenses."

To read the entire report, click here.

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Support Your EBMC Sangha by Adopting a Bill!

Please practice generosity and keep EBMC's operations running smoothly by Adopting a Bill! You can adopt all or part of one of our monthly bills by clicking below.

Some of our bills include:

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




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