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November 18th: Awakening Together Book Blessing for Larry Yang

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East Bay Meditation Center

285 17th St

Oakland, CA 94612

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Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community

Book and Community Blessing Celebration


with Larry Yang with special his dear dharma friend, Gina Sharpe


Saturday, November 18th, 2017

3:30-6:00


East Bay Meditation Center

285 17th Street, Oakland, CA



Please join us in celebrating and blessing the release of Larry’s new book, Awakening Together. Larry will share about the book’s creation including chapter readings describing much of EBMC’s history and mission. You are invited also to write blessings for the book, for EBMC, for our loved ones, for our communities, and for our larger world. Please bring these blessings written down to be collected. If you sign up for the event’s mailing list, you will receive back all these gathered blessings as a showering and sharing of appreciations of your presence, your spiritual practice, and your commitment to our collective aspirations towards freedom.


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Larry Yang

Larry Yang teaches meditation nationally, and has spent much energy to deepen Dharma teachings within multicultural communities. Larry is a community teacher at EBMC and is on the Teachers’ Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Larry is trained as a psychotherapist and has spent six months as a Buddhist monk in Thailand. He considers retreat practice, family practice, livelihood practice, and householder practice all integral to a spiritual path towards Freedom. He has been part of the coordinating team developing diverse community meditation teachers in Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership Programs for 10 years. Larry is one of the core trainers for the current Spirit Rock Dharma Teacher Training Program to develop spiritual leadership from multicultural communities as fully empowered Dharma teachers.


Gina Sharpe

Gina Sharpe was born in Jamaica and immigrated to New York at the age of 11. After retiring from the practice of law, she co-founded New York Insight Meditation Center where she served as Guiding Teacher for almost 20 years. She has taught at retreat centers across the United States including a maximum security prison for women. She has been teaching the Dharma since 1995 and is particularly inspired by the potential and application of Dharma to transform and illuminate interpersonal and multicultural relations.

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