Deep Time Liberation: Honoring the Ancestors

Deep Time Liberation: Honoring the Ancestors

Saturday August 16, 2014 - 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

Identifying the genesis of our suffering comes in part from the traumas and attachments that we've experienced, known or unknown, past or present. The portal to healing is the recognition and honoring of our historical harms.

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Going Deeper in the Dharma: Group for Committed Practitioners

Going Deeper in the Dharma: Group for Committed Practitioners

Sunday August 17, 2014 - 9:30 am to 1:00 pm

We will do silent meditation together without explicit guidance (you are assumed to have a meditation practice) and explore more advanced teachings together.

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You Don't Have To Go It Alone!Practicing to Build Diverse Sangha

You Don't Have To Go It Alone!Practicing to Build Diverse Sangha

Sunday August 24, 2014 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

In this half-day workshop, we will explore the Buddhist understanding of suffering using the example of race and racism, which define and pervade much of the daily experience in contemporary American culture, and form the roots of alienation from ourselves and each other.  We will then offer a variety of practices that seek to heal the harm and enable us to take true refuge in our diverse sangha.

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Revisiting the Middle Passage Pilgrimage

Revisiting the Middle Passage Pilgrimage

Saturday August 30, 2014 - 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Join us for the West Coast premiere of the film “Middle Passage Pilgrimage”, followed by a panel of “pilgrims”—including filmmaker, Melinda Holm from New York; Kazu Haga, now a teacher at EBMC; and Brother Gilberto Perez who grew up in the Bronx and has, since the pilgrimage, become a monk.

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EBMC Teen Sangha

EBMC Teen Sangha

Wednesday September 03, 2014 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

EBMC Teen Sangha is a weekly meditation group for teens, ages 14-19. Our focus will be on creating deeper relationships with ourselves and each other, having fun, getting real and supporting each other.

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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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Mindfulness training for social justice activists: yearlong program
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Wednesday July 23, 2014

Now in its second year -- a yearlong program of East Bay Meditation Center for social change and social justice activists, community workers and volunteers, transformative thought leaders . . . open to all, with a special invitation to People of Color to apply.

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Welcome to the East Bay Meditation Center
A diverse community sharing wisdom teachings and social engagement.



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: A New Weekly Group
Tuesdays, 8:00am - 8:45am. Beginning September 03, 2013.
On hiatus from July 29 through mid-September.

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. NEW LOCATION.

Recovery and the Dharma
For those in recovery from addiction of all kinds. 3rd Saturdays
1:30pm – 5:00pm. (Beginning June 15, 2013)
August session is cancelled.

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.


EBMC community news, events, skill share, connections & resources. View our bulletin board

Recent Dharma Writing & Online Videos by EBMC Leaders & Core Teachers 


Special Update! If you donated to an East Bay Meditation Center Dharma-thoner, you are invited to attend the morning and/or afternoon sessions of the Dharma-thon! You can also purchase a sliding scale ticket to attend. If you haven't yet donated to one of our dynamic Dharma-thoners and would like to, go to Community members are also invited to purchase a sliding scale ticket to attend. 
To purchase a ticket, you must register through our FirstGiving event page at Click "Start Fundraising," choose Dharma-thon 2014 and follow the directions, clicking "Join Now" to get the drop down menu to select your ticket. 

Join Us for Dharma-tainment!

You are invited to join your community on Saturday, August 23 from 5:00-9:00pm for a potluck celebration of the Dharma-thon with food, friends, and an evening of fabulous Dharma-tainment!

The evening event will feature music by Eve Decker, self defense demonstrations by Hand to Hand Kajukenbo Self Defense of Oakland, kirtan with Jay Nair, music by Adhamh Roland, a DJ set by Jonathan Relucio ... and other surprise performances!

Right now we are well within reach of our fundraising goal of $20,000 with less than $2,000 to raise! Please help us make this final push to reach our goal. 

There is still time to become a Dharma-thoner and get pledges of financial support for EBMC from your friends and family. Click here to join the Dharma-thon Team!

Even if you can't join us at the Dharma-thon, you can support the efforts of the Dharma-thoners and the work of EBMC. Click here to learn more.

EBMC's Fourth Annual Dharma-thon
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM August 23, 2014   
Lake Merritt and the East Bay Meditation Center
Be a Dharma-thoner!  Register Now!
Twelve hours packed with  
* sitting, walking, running or biking meditation * mindful movement * dharma talks * yoga * music * chanting * spoken word * martial arts * great food * and much more!  
This year you can Dharma-thon in the way that works for you:
9:00am - 1:00pm at Lake Merritt: walk, run or bike, and mindful movement classes for the public
1:00pm - 5:00pm at EBMC: Dharma talks and sitting meditation
5:00pm - 9:00pm at EBMC: Dharma-tainment and Celebration, open to all
 Sit, Walk, Run, Bike or Move with Us!
Dharma-thoners raise pledges of financial support from their friends, family, and acquaintances to support their Dharma-thon practice, and to support EBMC!  
For more information, and to register for the Dharma-thon, please click here, or on the link below, and follow the steps to register for the Dharma-thon, and then set up your personal fundraising page.

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                  
Phone: $50 - ADOPTED
Office Supplies: $175                     
Internet: $30
Program Supplies: $85                   
Web Hosting: $18 - ADOPTED
Rent: $4000                         
Database Hosting: $20
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.