Hey friends! For any of you folks in the Bay Area, I just wanted to pass along this announcement for a *free* (donation-based, give-as-you-can) introductory course to Vipassana (or “insight”) meditation, at my local sangha, the East Bay Meditation Center. EBMC is largely run by and for queer folks and people of color (with one weekly sitting day reserved for LGBTQQI & SGL folks, and one for POC), though this workshop is open to straight white people, too. Should be rad.
I’ll be ringing in the new decade at the Center tonight, sitting together up until midnight. Truly, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be on New Year’s. It’s an amazingly warm and wonderful space, and one of my main anchors in the Bay.
Have a safe and happy night, y’all, and thank you for reading, shaping, and encouraging the Kloncke chronicles of 2009. Wishing you all the best things for 2010.
Into the Heart of the Moment:
Meditation for Beginners
with Mushim Ikeda-Nash and Kitsy Schoen
Open to all
Five Monday evenings:
Jan. 25 – Feb. 22, 2010
7:00 -9:00 pm
East Bay Meditation Center
2147 Broadway Street, Oakland, CA 94612
(near the 19th Street BART)
Are you stressed or overwhelmed, seeking ways to be more compassionate to yourself and others? How do you get your brain to work for you instead of replaying old tapes and unhelpful messages? We don’t have to keep doing things the same way – we have choices! Based in Buddhist teachings and supported by modern science, mindfulness meditation has clear and proven benefits for health and well-being. We’ll offer basic instruction in sitting and movement meditation, interactive exercises, and support for establishing a home meditation practice.
Registration is Required and Space is Limited!
Please plan to attend all five classes in the series. This is NOT a drop-in class.
To register, please click here, or copy and paste the following link into your web browser:
If the link does not work, reply to this email, firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, requesting a registration form for the “Into the Heart of the Moment” series.
Dana, or Generous Giving
There is no registration fee for attending this event, nor most EBMC events.
However, EBMC is not independently funded.
The center and the teachers will be sustained only by your voluntary donations (the practice of generous giving, or “dana”). Please donate generously, in proportion to your ability:
- Either online (you will be offered an opportunity at the end of the online registration process)
- Or at the event, in the two baskets at EBMC, one for the center, the second for the teachers.
Thank you for your generosity. Giving together, our unique, diverse center will continue to grow and thrive!
About the teachers
Mushim Ikeda-Nash teaches meditation retreats for people of color and social justice activists nationally, and she is a core teacher at East Bay Meditation Center. Known for her warm and down-to-earth approach to mindfulness practice, she brings 28 years of monastic and lay experience to her teaching, with an emphasis on integrating meditation and everyday life. http://mushim.wordpress.com/
Kitsy Schoen has been practicing Vipassana meditation for 30 years. She is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader program of Spirit Rock Meditation Center and is on the Leadership Sangha of the EBMC. Kitsy is passionate about the integration of mindfulness and multicultural awareness.
In order to protect the health of community members with environmental illness, please do not wear fragranced products (including”natural” fragrances) or clothes laundered in fragranced products to EBMC. A list of fragrance free products is posted on the EBMC website, at
The East Bay Meditation Center is wheelchair accessible.
Happy New Year S-S.