The People of Color Sangha is a growing tribe of people of color waking up and getting free! Sangha is the Pali and Sanskrit word for assembly and community, and is used to describe a group of people who come together to practice meditation and mindfulness together.

The People of Color Sangha was officially launched in December of 2006 with a small group of dedicated practitioners. Every Thursday night we gather to meditate together, share the teachings of liberation, and celebrate this precious life we have been given. The goal of the sangha is to let go of the pain and suffering that we carry and move into greater states of love, joy and clarity. With an open heart we are learning to live more fully in the present moment. Our community is growing all the time and we have inspiring teachers visiting us every week. Whether you are new to meditation or have been practicing for years you will always learn something new.  So come out and join us in creating a new world in which we love ourselves and we walk in truth and compassion with inner peace.

“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” – Gandhi

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We come together as a community of people of color for meditation, practice and resilience, to support the struggle and provide a balm to sooth our continued work forward. Bell Hooks says, “Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.”

We carry this spirit forward in gathering people of color in community each Thursday for the POC Sangha.  Join us!

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: 285 17th Street, Oakland, CA (at Harrison)
Our new location is 3 1/2 times larger than our former space! It has street parking, is accessible, and can accommodate the growing needs of our community.

just 3 blocks from 19th street BART

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Get to know Your POC Sangha by Volunteering

POC Sangha Coordinating Committee Roster

Contact the POC Coordinating Committee for ways or please sign up to volunteer!


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