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.
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Founded to provide a welcoming environment for people of color, members of the LGBTQI community, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented communities, the East Bay Meditation Center welcomes everyone seeking to end suffering and cultivate happiness. Our mission is to foster liberation, personal and interpersonal healing, social action, and inclusive community building. We offer mindfulness practices and teachings on wisdom and compassion from Buddhist and other spiritual traditions. Rooted in our commitment to diversity, we operate with transparent democratic governance, generosity-based economics, and environmental sustainability.