Unlocking the Code: Freedom from Habits of Mind

Unlocking the Code: Freedom from Habits of Mind

Saturday August 20, 2016 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

This day will include interactive exercises, silent meditation and discussion. People with all kinds of meditation experience are welcome to be part of this exploration.

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Still I Rise: A Daylong for Women of Color

Still I Rise: A Daylong for Women of Color

Saturday August 27, 2016 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

The time for freedom is now and the path has never been clearer. In this very special daylong we will explore the teachings of the four noble truths and how we can transform our suffering on the long road home.

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The Body as House

The Body as House

Sunday August 28, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

This workshop introduces experiential embodiment practices intended to direct and connect the body and its heart/mind.

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Survival, Resistance and Resiliency: Practice for Men of Color

Survival, Resistance and Resiliency: Practice for Men of Color

Monday August 29, 2016 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Together, we will explore our diverse experiences and definitions of survival, resistance, and resiliency, and how we can bring balance to our individual and collective experience as “men of color”* in our global community. 

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Meditation & Movement: Creating Space in Your Body & Your Life

Meditation & Movement: Creating Space in Your Body & Your Life

Sunday September 04, 2016 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

This class will use meditation and movement to explore how to create greater mindfulness and maintain spiritual balance throughout the day.

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Our hearts are broken, our community is whole

Friday July 08, 2016

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but by non-hatred alone is healed. -- Buddha  #EBMC Beloved Community 

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Taking Refuge in Your Life: a daylong retreat for People of Color
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Tuesday June 28, 2016

Insight Community of the Desert: This day will include guidance in sitting, walking, and eating meditations in the Vipassana Buddhist tradition. There will be dharma talks and opportunities for group sharing. Open to all levels of meditation experience with a special invitation to beginners.

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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. 

Dharma in Motion
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

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The streaming video of our powerful recent event with Alice Walker, Jack Kornfield and Spring Washam is now on sale! Please go to:

Our July 16 Benefit and Celebration for Shahara Godfrey was a wonderful success. 

From Shahara. A deep bow of appreciation and gratitude to everyone who made it possible: family, friends, the beloved communities, performers, volunteers, EBMC, teachers, mentors, the special angels, all the donations from those who attended and from those online. A heartfelt thank you!

You Can Also Still Purchase Angela Davis and Jon Kabat-Zinn in Conversation!

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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EBMC Financial and Fundraising Reports, July 2016

For our mid-year finance and fundraising reports from our assistant director and development director, please click here.

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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:

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Phone: $50 - ADOPTED
Office Supplies: $175                     
Internet: $30 - ADOPTED
Program Supplies: $85                   
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Rent: $4000                         
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Online Communication: $80
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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.