The Alphabet Sangha is a weekly meditation group for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Same-Gender Loving, and Two-Spirit communities. Because that’s such a mouthful, we call ourselves the Alphabet Sangha. We gather for Buddhist meditation practice, Dharma teachings, and friendly, supportive community. Together we explore mindfulness and awareness for cultivating an open heart in our everyday lives.
We are a diverse, multicultural community, committed to social justice and to maintaining a Sangha that’s led by and for people of all races, ethnicities, classes, genders, abilities, sizes and ages.
We welcome people at all levels of practice. Simple beginning meditation instructions are always offered. If you have specific questions about meditation, a teacher is usually available to answer questions.
WHEN: We meet every Tuesday at 7 pm, usually til 8:30.
WHERE: We meet at and are sponsored by the East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC), 285 17th St. (@Harrison) in downtown Oakland. There is usually plenty of street parking, and the center is close to the 19th Street BART station.
COST: EBMC is supported by the generosity of the Dharma communities that make a home there. There is never a fee charged for any event at EBMC. The teachings and space are always offered freely, and you are invited to donate money or offer your support through participation in the community.
ACCESSIBILITY: EBMC is fully wheelchair accessible, with two accessible bathrooms. Chairs and cushions are provided, and you are free to bring whatever else you need to make yourself comfortable. Out of respect for people with environmental illnesses, please do not wear fragrance or scented products.
GROUP FORMAT: We have wonderful teachers from a variety of Buddhist traditions, including Theravadin traditions via Thailand and Burma, the Mahayana traditions of SF Zen Center and Thich Nhat Hanh, Shambhala’s Vajrayana tradition, and others. One or two teachers generally lead(s) the group, and sometimes there are peer-led sits with no teacher, facilitated by members of the Sangha.
The typical evening format (subject to change!):
7:10 Silent meditation (with some instructions)
7:40 Dharma talk & group activity
Please try to arrive a little before 7 so we can begin together.
Newcomers at any level of meditation experience are always welcome!
GET INVOLVED: This sangha is completely run by volunteers. If you want to get involved, drop us a line! firstname.lastname@example.org
QUESTIONS? Look around the site. And feel free to email us. email@example.com