Buddhist Ethics Amidst Colonization, Police Brutality and...

Buddhist Ethics Amidst Colonization, Police Brutality and...

Wednesday October 07, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Can Right Speech hold a candle to lies, manipulations, and historical inaccuracies in advertising and corporate media?  Together we’ll explore ethical living in the Eightfold Path using social justice perspectives.

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Making Your Health Care Wishes Known: Scripting a Better Exit

Making Your Health Care Wishes Known: Scripting a Better Exit

Saturday October 10, 2015 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Don’t Leave Your Health Choices to Someone Else: Make Your Wishes Known

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Family Practice Class

Family Practice Class

Sunday October 11, 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.

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Compassionately Awaken to the Demon of Oppression

Compassionately Awaken to the Demon of Oppression

Sunday October 18, 2015 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

As a response to racism in America, this retreat for people of color will be utilizing practices inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist Chöd lineage to heal the trauma of American racism and oppression.

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The Vast Radiant Mind

The Vast Radiant Mind

Saturday October 31, 2015 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

The meditation Buddha employed that led to his enlightenment was concentration. Jhana was the fruit of concentration. Vipassana was the fruit of jhana. It led to such freedom and illumination -- a supra-consciousness beyond this world -- that he called it nibana.

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Volunteer graphic designers needed at EBMC
Feeling creative for a good cause?

Tuesday August 11, 2015

Feeling creative for a good cause? Volunteer graphic designers are needed for EBMC publicity materials. You can say how much or how little time you have to donate. Position description and more information available from EBMC's assistant director, 

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EBMC Statement of Love and Solidarity with Emanuel AME Church Community
posted on:

Sunday June 21, 2015

East Bay Meditation Center issued a Statement of of Love and Solidarity with Emanuel AME Church Community following the tragic news of the recent shooting in their spiritual community Charleston, South Carolina.

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A diverse community sharing wisdom teachings and social engagement.

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

Core Buddhist Teachings: 6-Month Curriculum: Spring 2015


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

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. 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

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!

POWER TO THE PLANET: Mindfulness, Earth Justice and Stories for a New Humanity

a fundraiser for East Bay Meditation Center

Co-presented by Impact Hub Oakland

featuring Paul Hawken, Lawrence Ellis, Konda Mason and Charles Eisenstein

A Benefit for EBMC
Co-Presented by Impact Hub Oakland

First Congregational Church of Oakland   
2501 Harrison (@ 27th St.)
Friday, October 23
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Come hear four of our most important environmental justice and mindfulness thinkers -- and see excerpts from the breathtaking new documentary film, Planetary. See a trailer for the film here:

Buy Power to the Planet tickets at

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

Brenda Salgado

"What we’re co-creating is an inspiration and a substantive resource for many many other individuals and organizations around the world. Within thecontext of today’s social and ecological challenges, East Bay Meditation Center is a hotbed of mindful, emergent leadership and movement building."

To read the entire report, click here.

EBMC Video

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.

Four Sangha members are generously participating in this way of giving and we ask you to join them. Deep bows of gratitude to our generous Sangha!

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 - 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.