PiTA3 — September 2015 - July 2016
C2D — sabbatical
WAS — January 2016 - May 2016
If so, then, one of these practice programs at EBMC might be of interest to you.
Practice in Transformative Action, now in its third year, is a yearlong program with EBMC core teacher, Mushim Ikeda. The PiTA program will explore mindfulness practice as service both to others and self towards the process of collective transformation and awakening. This service could be about family, community development and empowerment, social justice, and/or cultural transformation.
Deadline for PiTA applications for the 2015-2016 yearlong program is August 9, 2015.
Commit2Dharma is a yearlong program with guiding teacher Larry Yang. The C2D program will explore the teachings of the Buddha through the lens of our different lived experiences—our householder lives, our cultural identities, our histories, and our visions of ourselves. These teachings will include the Four Noble Truths, the Three Characteristics, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, and other primary Buddhist teachings.
** Commit2Dharma will take a "sabbatical" beginning in 2015. More information about the next (fifth) iteration of C2D will be posted at this website when it becomes available. Deep gratitude for your dedicated interest in the Dharma, your earnest intentions to deepen your practice, and your commitment to building spiritual community.
A Program for White EBMC Practitioners
White and Awakening in Sangha is a half-year program designed as a guided, collaborative exploration of our racial conditioning as white people. We will apply dharma teachings and practices to enhance our capacity to be in community with members of marginalized communities, and develop skills to support the larger EBMC community. It is also our hope that, through this collaboration, we will expand our shared capacity to help each other learn and grow in ways that support liberation for us all.
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 http://davisandkabatzinnvideo.eventbrite.com.
2016 Finances: "As I shared in our Fall 2015 newsletter, we ended 2015 with about $361,000 in total income and $357,000 in expenses. Deep bows of appreciation to our EBMC community for your tremendous generosity, and for the sangha members who shared their beautiful stories about the impact of EBMC in their lives. We surpassed our December 2015 end-of-year fundraising goal, met our matching grant from the Kalliopeia Foundation, and we raised more than we ever have before in our end-of-year fundraising campaign. We had a net of $13,625 for the programs that are transforming lives every day!
For 2016, we are stretching and growing together: we are aiming our sights toward $439,000 in income, and $414,000 in expenses."
To read the entire report, click here.
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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.
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.
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.