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Why join us on this beautiful path of freedom?

The pain people of color encounter because of racism creates great suffering: individual racial profiling and actions guided by implicit bias, as well as systematic oppression mediated through housing, employment, education, transportation, recreation, healthcare, the legal system, and other social institutions, both historically and currently. Practicing the path of mindfulness, people of color can face these everyday experiences with clarity and understanding, choosing whether the arrow of racism will be compounded by the arrows of fear, anger, sadness, anxiety, and despair, which lead to greater suffering. Together, we practice deep looking in order to transform our pain and suffering, and offer compassion.

The work of social justice activists, community organizers, and human rights defenders is challenging and almost always leads to burnout.  Through diverse means, we struggle to right the wrongs of unjust systems. These systems maintain disproportionate control in the hands of the powerful, and have marginalized and disenfranchised people of color, low income and working class people, women, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer/intersex/questioning (LGBTQIQ) individuals, people with disabilities, immigrants, non-English speakers, and non-Christians.  The path of mindfulness helps us cultivate a clear mind, as well as understanding and compassion, to ensure that we do not perpetuate the injustices we seek to change.

Our mindfulness community is made up of people of all ages and all kinds of experience at all levels of practice. Everyone can practice because everyone can breathe. If you are new, or this is your first time ever doing something like this, we welcome you and we will all benefit from your presence.

Location

We are located at 2100 East Madison Street, 3rd floor.  This is the hall of St. Wenceslaus Church in Baltimore, Maryland 21205.  

Traveling by MTA bus?  Plan your route using LocalLink: MTA Maryland

Driving?  Street parking available in front and parking lot in the back of St. Wenceslaus Hall.

Please try and arrive five minutes before the meditation period starts so that everyone is comfortably seated before the bell is invited to formally begin the session.

People of color gather on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month, 3-5P.M. with tea & snacks afterwards.

Social activists gather on the 2nd and 4th Sundays every month, 3-5P.M. with tea & snacks afterwards.

Format of our meetings

Opening

Mindfulness Practice – Part 1

Mindfulness Practice – Part 2

Closing

  • Conclusion/announcements

While our root practice is based on the Engaged Buddhist teachings and practices of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, we also invite those practicing with us to share other traditions which use the path of mindfulness as a way of living more beautifully and honestly.

Meeting Information

  • All newcomers to mindfulness and long time practitioners are welcome to attend. 
  • Gatherings are offered FREE OF CHARGE. If you would like to make a donation (offer Dana) to support BBMC programming and events, you may do so after the meeting. Any amount you are able to offer is deeply appreciated, but never required.
  • You may bring your own cushion or yoga mat if you like.  Our space has about a dozen blankets and cushions for sitting on the floor plus chairs.   Please note: We are located on the third floor of the building, which has no elevator and is not ADA accessible at this time.
  • Wear comfortable clothing for periods of sitting and walking mediation.
  • RSVP is NOT required, however sending a brief email message to: bbmcspace@gmail.com with your name is helpful for the facilitators to prepare the room.

Please do share our BBMC information and dates with others.

Thank you!  We hope you can join us!

2017 Bi-monthly gatherings in Baltimore for people of color

First and Third Sundays:  3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Past dates:

2017 Bi-monthly gatherings in Baltimore for social activists

Second and Fourth Sundays:  3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Past dates:

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2016 Bi-monthly gatherings in Baltimore for people of color

First and Third Sundays:  3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • January 10
  • February 7, 21
  • March 6, 20
  • April 3, 17
  • May 1, 15
  • June 5, 19
  • July 17, 31 (Note: 3rd & 5th Sunday)
  • August 7, 21
  • September 4, 18
  • October 2, 16
  • November 6, 20
  • December 4, 18

2016 Bi-monthly gatherings in Baltimore for social activists

Second and Fourth Sundays:  3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • January 31
  • February 14, 28
  • March 13, 27
  • April 10, 24
  • May 8, 22
  • June 12, 26
  • Saturday July 9 (Meet at 2100 East Madison Street at 10AM to carpool for blueberry picking together. For those driving directly, we will be gathering at ~11AM at Hybridoma Organic Fruit Farm, 13734 Baldwin Mill Road, Baldwin, MD 21013.  There are shady picnic areas, and we plan to stay for approximately 2-2.5 hours.)
  • July 24
  • August 14, 28
  • September 11, 25
  • October 9, 23
  • November 13, 27
  • December 11, 25

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2015 Monthly gatherings in Baltimore for people of color

Saturdays: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

  • June 27
  • July 18
  • August 15
  • September 26
  • October 24
  • November 21
  • December 19

2015 Monthly gatherings in Baltimore for social activists

Saturdays: 1:30pm – 3:30pm

  • July 4
  • August 1
  • September 12
  • October 10 (Meet at 2100 East Madison Street at Noon) 
  • November 7
  • December 5