About 3,000 Tibetans and curious East Bay residents gathered at the Berkeley Community Theater early Sunday morning to hear the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, give a talk entitled “How To Achieve Happiness.”
Families and volunteers in colorful dresses filled the galleries and gardens at the Oakland Museum of California on Sunday afternoon for the 19th Annual Day of the Dead Community Celebration.
In its 25 years, Ancient Ways has grown beyond a metaphysical supermarket of crystals, candles and Tarot readings, into an anchor of its Temescal neighborhood. Owner Glenn Turner celebrates her durable store’s quarter century in business, and credits her ability to “outlast most people.”
Totally Radical Muslim zine’s just-released second volume focuses on poetry and art reflecting the experiences of queer and transgender people within Islam.
Roughly 70 firefighters battled in vain to save a nearly century-old house of worship in West Oakland late Monday after the Zion First Church of God in Christ erupted into flames.
At more than 226 acres, Oakland’s Mountain View Cemetery is a final resting place for some of the Bay Area’s most notable figures. And docents there are uncovering new and interesting tombstones all the time, helping to piece together Oakland’s rich history. Madeleine Thomas has the story.
Coatlicue drummers and dancers occupied the island between East and West-bound traffic on International Blvd in Oakland, as they celebrated and prayed. With shells at their ankles and feathers on their crowns, over a dozen people congregated and moved to the beat. Smoke from lit herbs such as sage filled the intersection. Police directed traffic around the celebration, as passersby honked and waved.
Several speakers discussed the significance of the September 11 attacks on the way Muslims are perceived in America. “Before 9/11 we were an invisible minority, quite a silent group,” said Sundas. “9/11 created much fear for Muslims.”