Buddhism, Dharma and Meditation in Oakland, Berkeley, and the East Bay


The Metta Dharma Foundation, located in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, is dedicated to the study and practice of Buddhist meditation and the integration and application of Buddhist teachings in all aspects of our lives. Our classes and programs are based in the Buddha’s teachings in the Pali discourses.

We strive to support practitioners to live with wisdom, compassion and peace through foundational teachings and practices of Moral Conduct, Mental Calm and Insight Meditation, Generosity and Lovingkindness.

2013 – 14 Jhana Practice and Study Group
With Richard Shankman and guest teachers Leigh Braisington, Tina Rasmussen and Stephen Snyder
A Series of Monthly Daylongs for Deepening Concentration, Mindfulness and Insight
Dates | One Saturday a Month from September – February
Optional Retreat| March 21 – 30

Steadying the Mind, Opening to Insight:
The Practice and Path of Mindfulness, Jhana and Insight

A Residential Meditation Retreat with Richard Shankman
Dates | March 21 – 30, 2014
Location | Jikoji Retreat Center, Lost Gatos, CA | Map

Concentration and Insight Meditation Videos
This 14-session series consists of 3 – 7 minute segments, offering a complete guide to meditation practice from beginning instructions through the deeper stages of jhana and insight, in a style that integrates concentration and insight into one path of practice.

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Ongoing Events

Weekly Meditation Group

Wednesday evenings | 7:15pm - 9:15pm
Led by Richard Shankman
Meditation, Dharma Talk and Discussion
St. Clement's Episcopal Church
2837 Claremont Blvd., Berkeley
Enter at the Rear of the Building, on Claremont Ave. (go down ramp from the sidewalk).
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Monthly Meditation Practice and Study Daylongs

Dates | 2013:
Dates will be posted here soon
Morning Meditation Practice | 9:00am - 12:30pm
Afternoon Dharma Study | 1:30 - 5:00pm
St. Clement's Episcopal Church
2837 Claremont Blvd., Berkeley
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