Single in the Dharma

Single in the Dharma

Sunday February 07, 2016 - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

In this half-day workshop, we will use movement, meditation, and sharing to explore the relationships, conditions, and environments that affect our most important relationship ...the one with ourselves.

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The ABC's of Yoga and Self-Care

The ABC's of Yoga and Self-Care

Sunday February 07, 2016 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

In this half-day retreat for People of Color, participants will explore some basics of the ABC’s of Yoga and Self-Care (Action, Breath and Calm/Centering).

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Courage at Crossroads: Letting Go of Fear

Courage at Crossroads: Letting Go of Fear

Saturday February 13, 2016 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

We all have to find a way to make peace with fear and over time, we learn to develop genuine courage in the face of it. The spiritual warrior sees fear as an opportunity to learn and grow.

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Family Practice Class

Family Practice Class

Sunday February 14, 2016 - 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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Exploring Addictions . . .

Exploring Addictions . . .

Sunday February 21, 2016 - 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

During this one-day retreat we will explore, from a cross-cultural approach, ways to heal addiction. We will introduce you to the eight steps to recovery by Dr. Mason-John and practice specific meditation techniques to will help you overcome addiction. We believe this inclusive approach can bridge a solid foundation at any level of recovery or for those whom have yet to seek help.

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Thursday February 04, 2016


(Voting needs to be done in February 2016)

A message from EBMC core teacher Larry Yang: As some of you might know, the theme of this year's San Francisco LGBTIQ PRIDE Parade is "Racial and Economic Justice." I have the honor of being nominated into the voting process to become one of the Community Grand Marshals of the PRIDE Parade.

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Urgent Need to Prepare for Flooding from El Nino Storms
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Monday December 14, 2015

FEMA and the National Weather Service have informed Californians that there will likely be many storms from late December 2015 through March 2016, due to the strong El Niño conditions and that there is the possibility of disasters from flooding.  FEMA specifically identifies the East Bay’s water system (EBMUD) as being vulnerable to impacts from the storms.

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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. 

Qi Gong for People
Tuesdays, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

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

Mind Movement (formerly ABC Yoga)
A mindful movement class. Wednesdays, 5:15pm - 6:30pm. 

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

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!


EBMC's own Larry Yang, one of our founders and core teachers, is on the ballot for the position of Grand Marshal of the 2016 San Francisco Pride Parade! This year's Pride theme is Racial and Economic Justice, and we're proud that Larry's many accomplishments and contributions to racial and economic justice, and to the LGBTQI/SGL community are being recognized. You can vote by clicking here and find more info here.


Become a Dharma-thoner and dine with Sharon and Spring – with a delicious meal cooked by Luz Calvo of Decolonize Your Diet! Go to to sign up. Creating a donation page is easy, and we provide all the support you need. All you need to do to reserve your place at the table on April 1 is to raise $250 or get donations from at least 10 people.

We can help you set up your fundraising page in person if you come to the:

Dharma-thon Launch Party at EBMC
Monday, February 15 between 6:00pm -- 7:30pm

Please email if you plan to attend.

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!

Please go to

Center Director's Report, November 2015

Brenda Salgado

"EBMC continues to be a ground and a place of nourishment, or, quoting Lawrence Ellis, a watering hole for spiritually-based social justice activists who are working hard to transform suffering in our society... We are clear that it takes all of our efforts to transform the many ways that oppression creates situations of "othering," so that we can make progress toward a liberated society of wisdom, and compassion in action."

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.