Calling in the Strength and Healing of our Ancestors

Saturday July 23, 2016 - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Calling on the strength and healing of our ancestors, honoring the indigenous peoples of the land beneath and around our meditation center, we will come together in Beloved Community. This powerful community-co-created ritual is in direct response to the impact of the oppression-based violence and death suffered by black and brown bodies in the U.S. and beyond. 

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Dharma + Direct Action: Buddhists Block Police Violence

Sunday July 24, 2016 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Come join the Buddhist Peace Fellowship for a daylong training offering a variety of ways and roles to participate in an upcoming action to help demilitarize the police.

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Survival, Resistance and Resiliency: Practice for Men of Color

Monday July 25, 2016 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Together, we will explore the concepts of survival, resistance, and resiliency, and how we can bring balance to the individual and collective male experience in our global community.

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Free Your Heart: Transformational Workshop for Exploring Love

Saturday July 30, 2016 - 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

We can learn to share, one heart to another, through the power of unconditional love.  We can become more whole in ourselves so that we can be energized and empowered on our paths. 

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Nourishing Our Relationship to Practice

Sunday July 31, 2016 - 10:00 am to 4:30 pm

In this daylong for people who have some experience with Dharma practice, we’ll look deeply at wise relationship to practice.

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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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Meditation Class for Communities of Color
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Tuesday June 28, 2016

Insight Community of the Desert offers these classes for all people, who identify as People of Color, from all faith traditions, who feel that they might benefit from meditation. Please feel welcomed to come, get into a seat, settle your mind, keep your heart open, and see what you find out!

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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.

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!

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!

EBMC's Board of Directors Seeks New Members:
Deadline for applications July 29, 2016

For an application form, please email

This year EBMC’s Board of Directors/Leadership Sangha (LSangha)  is looking to expand, given its current needs. We are doing an open call and seeking to appoint a number of people with different sets of skills, with the following being our priorities for 2016:

● Previous board service/leadership experience

● Shared Leadership Experience (coops, collectives, organizations)

● Fundraising and Development Experience

● Teachers (Dharma and Movement)

Applicants do not need to have all of the above experiences; however, skills and experience in one of the areas above is desired.  Interested persons need to apply directly. But if you know someone who would make a great EBMC LSangha Member, please pass this information on to them and urge them to apply. Applications are due by 5pm on Friday, July 29, 2016.

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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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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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.