#virtuallyBARTable | Online meditations
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As we isolate to maintain physical health, it’s also important we tend to our mental health. Shelter-in-place is giving everyone even more time to dwell on the novel coronavirus that’s occupying everyone’s minds, so emptying the mind through meditation can come in handy right now.
Ease fears, anxiety, or just find momentary peace with help from the various BARTable Bay Area meditation groups taking their practices online. Plus, meditating together with an online community or a teacher-led online mindfulness talk can provide a feeling of much-needed connection in these times.
Photo courtesy of East Bay Mediation Center.
Though the in-person wisdom teachings and social engagement at the nonprofit located three blocks from 19th St/Oakland Station are on pause, East Bay Meditation Center is continuing its work online. Hop on Zoom to learn teachings to calm the heart and mind in challenging times, let your teens sit with others during weekly online Teen Circle meditations, or explore the weekly online multicultural Sangha sittings.
Photo courtesy of San Francisco Zen Center.
Since we can’t currently set ourselves up on a pillow to sit in the San Francisco Zen Center physical zendo located a short walk from UN Plaza/Civic Center Station, check out its Online Zendo. Explore the Soto Zen tradition of Buddhist meditation by logging onto Zoom and emptying the mind during “zazen” practice, or learn from the center’s online archive of dharma talks by its respected lineage of dharma leaders.
Photo courtesy of Within Meditation.
Within Meditation is an intimate, exposed-brick walled meditation center quietly located around the corner from Montgomery St Station. While it normally attracts practitioners to Downtown San Francisco for group meditation and classes, it’s now grounding locals with online offerings. Enroll in 30-minute Morning Meditation or midday Wiggle and Fidget Meditation, while online classes include Freedom From Fear, Cultivating Calm and Resiliency, and more.
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Around the corner from 24th St Mission Station, San Francisco Buddhist Center is continuing to provide its weekly Sangha Nights Online. These Wednesday evening classes and group sits take place from 7-9pm for a suggested donation of $10-15. Topics range from learning about Buddha, to working with mental states in the midst of COVID-19.
Photo courtesy of Berkeley Zen Center/Hozan Alan Senauke.
Normally situated a short walk from Ashby Station, Berkeley Zen Center has expanded its online offerings. With Abbot Sojun Mel Weitsman at the helm of the programming, BZC is offering daily 40-minute meditation every Monday—Saturday through its Online Zendo accessible by Zoom. Check the calendar for additional dharma talks, community meetings, and online gatherings.
Photo courtesy of Rockridge Meditation Community.
A few blocks from Rockridge Station, Rockridge Meditation Community is part of the Pacific Zen Institute and follows the Rinzai Zen tradition of Buddhism. Calm your mind with online meditation sessions, group study of Zen koans, and “Zoom Zen” teacher talks online.
Photo courtesy of Berkeley Shambhala Center.
Though the Berkeley Shambhala Center’s Downtown Berkeley brick-and-mortar is closed during shelter-in-place, Shambhala’s online offerings are intact. As its website states, “Social distancing does not need to mean social isolation.” Enter the Zoom Meditation Room for your group meditation or dive deep into lessons presented during an online book class.