Sangha Safety Pointers
· Think in terms of “self-awareness” instead of “self-defense.”
· In traveling to or from EBMC, have a buddy system.
· You can call the Oakland Ambassadors and request an escort. Information is posted in the EBMC office.
· When you leave EBMC, remember that you are shifting to a faster paced environment with more flow.
· Practice being aware of everything within twenty feet in front of you, in back of you, and on either side of you.
· Make sure you’re carrying your bag or purse in a way that’s comfortable and secure, and practice looking confident, alert and friendly.
· Transition zones, such as getting into or out of your car, and going into or out of the meditation center are places for heightened awareness.
· A more complete set of safety and self-awareness tips by martial arts instructor Michele Benzamin-Miki, who is also an EBMC community teacher, is downloadable here as a PDF.
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.
"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."
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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.