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*February 16th 2019: What's Race, Skin Color, Gender and Sexuality Got To D...

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What's Race, Skin Color, Gender and Sexuality Got To Do with Non-Self?

with Dr. Vimalasara Mason John and Shahara Godfrey

For Self-Identified People of Color

East Bay Meditation Center

285 17th Street, Oakland

Saturday, February 16th 9:30AM - 4:30PM

This is a day for us to come together as People of Color to explore one of the seminal text in the Buddhist teachings -' Non-Self'. Paraphrasing the late Pat Parker - she once wrote 'first you remember I'm a person of color and second you forget I'm a person of color'. What would it be like to be free from all our labels and not attached to the identities we give ourselves and identities forced upon us? Join senior teachers Shahara Godfrey - Vimalasara (Valerie) Mason-John for a day of meditation, dharma talks and compassionate inquiry.




EBMC TEACHERS ARE NOT PAID BY THE CENTER. You are invited to offer a voluntary financial gift to them at the class. The East Bay Meditation Center operates using a generosity-based, gift economics model. This means we charge no set registration fees to attend our events and instead rely on the generous giving of our community. All classes at the Center do come with a financial cost. Class participants are offered an opportunity to make a voluntary gift to EBMC during the registration process or at an event itself. Please note that no one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you would like to explore any EBMC volunteer positions, please send an email expressing your interest to admin@eastbaymeditation.org.

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.




Teacher Bios:

Dr. Vimalasara Mason John is the author of the new revised edition of Detox Your Heart - Meditations For Emotional Trauma published by Wisdom books in 2017. She is co-author of the award-winning book Eight Step Recovery – Using The Buddha's Teachings to Overcome Addiction. She is a TEDx speaker and is the author of eight books including her award winning novel Borrowed Body. She is the curator of Teachings in Uncertain Times, an online retreat by Teachers of Color for Tricycle Magazine February 2017. She is a leading African Canadian voice in the field of Mindfulness for Emotional Trauma and Addiction.

Shahara Godfrey has trained in the Theravada Buddhist tradition for over 20 years. Other influences have been spiritual teachers from various cultures and traditions as well as the creative arts. She is a graduate of CDL and POE programs from Spirit Rock. Shahara has a Ph.D. and currently works as an Educator.






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