Rejoice and Renewal: Retreat for Self-identified People of Color

Rejoice and Renewal: Retreat for Self-identified People of Color

Saturday June 27, 2015 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

A warm invitation to self-identified people of color to join us in a day of rejoicing and renewal.

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Interconnected: Being Mindful & White in a Multicultural World

Interconnected: Being Mindful & White in a Multicultural World

Monday July 06, 2015 - 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

In this multi-class series we will support each other in addressing our own racism and white privilege using both multicultural theories and tools along with Buddhist teachings and practices.

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Wednesday July 08, 2015 - 7:00 pm to Wednesday August 26, 2015 - 8:30 pm

EBMC Teen Sangha is a weekly meditation group for teens, ages 14-19. Our focus will be on creating deeper relationships with ourselves and each other, having fun, getting real and supporting each other.

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EBMC 6 Month Buddhist Basics: Q&A Wrap-Up

EBMC 6 Month Buddhist Basics: Q&A Wrap-Up

Wednesday July 15, 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

An evening class where you can bring your “biggest” Buddhist practice questions, meet Dharma companions on the Path, and rejoice in the merit that you have generated!

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Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation

Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation

Saturday July 25, 2015 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

This two-day training will provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to the philosophy and strategy of Kingian Nonviolence.

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EBMC Statement of Love and Solidarity with Emanuel AME Church Community
posted on:

Sunday June 21, 2015

East Bay Meditation Center issued a Statement of of Love and Solidarity with Emanuel AME Church Community following the tragic news of the recent shooting in their spiritual community Charleston, South Carolina.

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Buddhist Emergency Fund for Rohingya of Burma

Monday June 01, 2015

A letter of appeal from U.S. Buddhist teachers: We are sending you this request to help with a Buddhist Emergency Fund for the Rohingya of Burma. The Rohingya, an ethnic minority group of the Muslim faith living in Burma, face a dire situation, requiring immediate attention and support. 

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Home Page - Welcome

Welcome to the East Bay Meditation Center
A diverse community sharing wisdom teachings and social engagement.


Core Buddhist Teachings: 6-Month Curriculum


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

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

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.

Every Body Every Mind Sangha
For people living with disabilities, limitations, differences and chronic illnesses. Sundays, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

EBMC Teen Sangha
Open to teens ages 14-19. Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm. Registration required.


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!

EBMC’s 5th Annual Dharma-thon: Celebrating Generosity and Honoring Our Ancestors

9:00am  - 9:00pm July 18, 2015

12 hours of Dharma and celebration in support of EBMC

This year at both Lake Merritt and the East Bay Meditation Center, Oakland, CA

9:00am - 1:00pm at Lake Merritt: walk, run, bike, or roll, and mindful movement classes for the public

1:00pm - 5:00pm at EBMC: Drumming circle to honor our ancestors, followed by special martial arts and dance performances

5:00pm - 9:00pm at EBMC: Potuck celebration open to all

You can sign up to be a Dharma-thoner or support a Dharma-thoner at

Sit, Walk, Roll, Run, Bike, Move with Us!

We only need TWO MORE FRIENDS! Please support our annual Spring Friendraising Drive!

One of the best ways to support the Sangha is to become a Friend of EBMC monthly donor! Between now and the end of spring (June 21) we seek to have 25 Sangha members join as Friends of EBMC or increase their monthly donation.

Last year our Friends of EBMC monthly donors provided 28% of our annual income! Our Friends of EBMC are crucial to our ongoing ability to offer programming at no registration fee for all who seek liberation.

Please give generously, at whatever level you are able, and become a Friend of EBMC -- or increase your monthly donation -- today! Just click on the Donate Now button above.

Video of Angela Davis and Jon Kabat-Zinn now available!

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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“State of the Center” Interview with EBMC Center Director Brenda Salgado

Brenda Salgado

"As a new Center Director, I devoted 2014 to building relationships and strengthening community ties within EBMC as well as with other organizations."

 To read the entire report, click here.

EBMC Video

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                      
Online Communication: $80
Bookkeeping system: $20  
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.