Programs & Communities

The affiliated communities and programs listed here are local to Insight Meditation Community of Berkeley and are closely-allied friends in the dharma.

Berkeley Buddhist Monastery

Besides hosting us each Thursday evening, Berkeley Buddhist Monastery maintains a full-schedule of classes and dharma activities, including daily open sitting meditation from 6:15 to 7:15 am and from 5:15 to 6:15 pm and daily evening chanting from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The director of the monastery, Rev Heng Sure, has a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, teaches on the staff at the Institute for World Religions, and is a musician exploring the relationship between music and the dharma. He has often shared his teachings and music with IMCB.


Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Located in Marin County, Spirit Rock offers silent meditation retreats, classes, trainings, and other dharma study opportunities to help deepen your meditation and dharma practice. IMCB is one of many sitting groups led by a Spirit Rock teacher.


Sanghas for Young Adults

  • Young Adult Dharma Council

The Young Adult Dharma Council is for young adults (ages 20-35) who want more connection in their practice. Our generation will soon be asked to carry on the dharma. We want this council to empower young adults in their Buddhist practice by creating a community of peers, share rich discussion about practice as young adults and explore how to bring our perspective and be a force in the larger dharma community, envisioning together how we can make a difference in the world around us.

People of all experience levels, races, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identities are welcome.

  •  Saturday Night Sangha

You are welcome to join the Saturday Night Sangha for any of our weekly gatherings. We are a peer-led community, mostly in our 20’s and 30’s, rooted in the Buddha-Dharma. However, we truly welcome all faiths, ages, and experiences—and our conversations tend to reflect this diversity. Contact the East Bay Healing Collective.

  • Bay Area Young Adult Sangha

Bay Area Young Adult Sangha is an informal gathering of young dharma practitioners (mostly in their 20s and 30s) who live in the greater Bay Area. Their intention is to celebrate the great diversity of our region and welcome people of all backgrounds and spiritual traditions.


Wednesday Vipassana Community

The Wednesday Vipassana Community is led by Richard Shankman. They meet Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:15 pm at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 2837 Claremont Blvd, Berkeley, CA. Please enter at the rear of the building facing Claremont Ave. For a map and directions: St. Clement’s Church.  See the Metta Dharma Foundation website for more information.


East Bay Meditation Center

The East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) is an independent center located in downtown Oakland, at 285 17th St @ Harrison, a 7 minute walk from 19th Street BART station. EBMC offers meditation training and spiritual teachings from Buddhist and other wisdom traditions, with attention to social action, multiculturalism, and the diverse populations of the East Bay and beyond. To learn more about this unique meditation center, view the 13-minute EBMC video featuring Alice Walker, Jack Kornfield, and EBMC teachers and community members.


Buddhist Peace Fellowship

Buddhist Peace Fellowship is based in Berkeley, CA, with chapters worldwide. Founded in 1978, BPF’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for socially engaged Buddhism, to help beings liberate themselves from the suffering that manifests in individuals, relationships, institutions, and social systems. The aim of their projects is to link Buddhist teachings of wisdom and compassion with progressive social change; these include Buddhist Alliance for Social Engagement (BASE), The Prison Project, International Programs, and publication of the quarterly journal Turning Wheel.


Sati Center for Buddhist Studies

The Sati Center supports the study of Buddhist teachings, with the purpose of balancing scholarly inquiry with serious meditation practice so that study and practice can work together to deepen one’s practice and aid in awakening.


Saranaloka Foundation and Aloka Vihara

Aloka Vihara nuns monastery is located in Placerville, CA and is home to Ayya Anandabodhi, Ayya Santacitta, and Sister Jayati, all of whom have trained for many years in the Theravada Forest Tradition. The nuns’ arrival to California from England in 2009 has been received with great enthusiasm for the presence of women monastics. They’ve created a training monastery for bhikkhunis (fully ordained Buddhist nuns) in a rural setting in Northern California.


Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery

On the first Tuesday of each month, monastics from Abhayagiri present a dharma talk and lead the group in chanting and meditation from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at the Berkeley Buddhist Monastery, 2304 McKinley Avenue, Berkeley, CA..