Right Understanding, Right Intention and Social Action

Right Understanding, Right Intention and Social Action

Monday November 30, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Right Understanding is the initial factor of the Noble Eightfold Path, leading the path with the factor of wisdom. Right Intention is the second step of the Eightfold Path.  Along with Right Understanding it speaks to the Buddha’s all-inclusive wisdom.

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Gentle Yoga to Strengthen the Immune System

Gentle Yoga to Strengthen the Immune System

Saturday December 05, 2015 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Asanas or yoga postures are elixirs for health and well-being. Moving methodically, we will explore a range of poses that promote detoxification, revitalization, circulation, and an awakened mind.

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Getting Back in Charge

Getting Back in Charge

Sunday December 06, 2015 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Mindfulness-based practices can help put a spacer between us and the negative symptoms of depression. With that bit of breathing room, we can begin to make small changes that, when practiced over time, can help manage downward mood swings and negative thinking.

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Free Your Heart

Free Your Heart

Saturday December 12, 2015 - 9:30 am to 5:30 pm

The potential exists in every human being to love without defenses or fear, so that true intimacy - direct, unobstructed, heart-to-heart connection with ourselves and others - becomes a way of life. We can learn to share, one heart to another, through the power of unconditional love.

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Family Practice Class

Family Practice Class

Sunday December 13, 2015 - 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

We invite you to come and help create the diverse family sangha at EBMC.  We welcome families with babies, toddlers and children up to age 12. Children under 5 will need to have a parent/caregiver stay with them.

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Would you like to volunteer so that EBMC can be open for the Friday Open Sitting Group on Christmas and New Year's Day?

Tuesday November 24, 2015

Christmas Day (Dec. 25, 2015) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1, 2016) fall on Fridays this year, and we do not have regular teachers scheduled to lead the Friday Open Sitting Group on either night.  If you would like to support the Center being open for sitting meditation on either or both of those Friday nights, it is possible to have peer-led meetings. 

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Prayers for Peace and Justice from East Bay Meditation Center

Saturday November 14, 2015

In response to the heartbreaking loss of lives to terrorist violence throughout the world, EBMC offers our fervent prayers for peace, for the causes of peace and happiness to be established -- including justice and equity -- and for the well-being of all life on the planet. 

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A diverse community sharing wisdom teachings and social engagement.

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White and Awakening in the Sangha: 6-session program accepting applications

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.

ABC (All Bodies Centering) Yoga
A mindful movement class. Wednesdays, 5:15pm - 6:30pm.

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

'La Casa del Corazon'
Una Sangha para apoyar a la comunidad que habla Español. Esta clase esta en pausa hasta nuevo aviso.

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!


As we move into another season of gratitude, we invite our Sangha to participate in a collective gratitude practice. Please share some reflections on what EBMC means to you:

What are you grateful for about our community? How has our Sangha had a positive effect on your life?
There are several ways you can share your sentiments:

  • Write on the gratitude poster in the meditation hall at EBMC

  • Send a comment by email to

  • Post a comment on our Facebook page here under the post about Gratitude

  • Tweet using the hashtag #EBMCGratitude

For those who send in a comment by email or post on the wall at EBMC, you can include your name or choose to remain anonymous. We hope to gather a rich collection of gratitude offerings, and we will be sharing these sentiments with the community in the coming weeks.

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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Center Director's Report, November 2015

Brenda Salgado

"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."

To read the entire report, 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.

Four Sangha members are generously participating in this way of giving and we ask you to join them. Deep bows of gratitude to our generous Sangha!

Some of our bills include:

Insurance: $425 - ADOPTED                 
Phone: $50 - ADOPTED
Office Supplies: $175                     
Internet: $30
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.