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“If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?” ― Dogen
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Hi, <<First Name>>. We hope that you are finding both time and ease on your cushion as we welcome April. Before sitting down to write this tonight, my daughter and I were talking about celebrating small victories which sounded to me like a kind of gratitude practice. Buddhist teacher, Jack Kornfield, tells us, "Gratitude is a gracious acknowledgment of all that sustains us, a bow to our blessings, great and small."  Remembering to acknowledge even the small things is a way of watering seeds of gratitude, and Thich Nhat Hanh said, "If we know how to water positive seeds, there will be more understanding, love, and happiness."

In this month's newsletter you'll find links to online events and additional information about SEBC.  More resources can be found on our website and Facebook.

We at SEBC affirm our commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and interconnection. If you'd like to chat, have ideas for the community, want to help, etc., please let us know - we'd love to hear from you! And if you haven't joined us in a while (or ever), we'd love to see you (feel free to attend meetings as regularly or as infrequently as you'd like)! May we stand stronger as Beloved Community through our Dharma practice and understanding, and in our larger society as a whole. Let's keep the Dharma wheel turning!

Much metta,
Your friends at SEBC
 
Meditation Schedule 
The Zoom link for both April sessions is below. Please note, when joining the meeting, you may need to manually enter the meeting ID and password – the direct link sometimes creates issues. Our recommendation is to have the video on whenever possible, to allow a greater degree of connection during the meetings.  OPEN TO ALL & FREE TO ATTEND!!

* Virtual: Wednesday, April 6th, 7 - 8pm
* Virtual: Wednesday, April 13th, 7 - 8pm

Same link (ID/password) for both Wednesday sessions:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88039193934?pwd=QjNmMUlHRk93d1UvcjNlWW5TWUVyZz09 

Meeting ID: 880 3919 3934
Passcode: 337054

ALL levels of meditators are welcome to attend, including those with no previous experience; however, we encourage people to “bring your own practice.”  We're a practice group of fellow travelers, not teachers. 

Note: Click here for more info on our Wednesday meditation sessions.

Other Online Events & Resources

* Socially Engaged Buddhism (SEBC) - "We encourage you to visit our resource list on Socially Engaged Buddhism and we invite your participation, perspectives, and solidarity, as together we undertake the hard work necessary for transformation." 

* Dharma Seed - "an online resource dedicated to making the Buddhist teachings of Insight Meditation and associated practices available to all. Our intention is to be a support for meditation teachers, their communities, students and meditation practitioners, and to provide access to the teachings to those who might not otherwise have access to them."

* Southern Dharma Retreat Center, Hot Springs, NC - "For more than 40 years, Southern Dharma Retreat Center (SDRC) has offered affordable, teacher-led retreats with a unifying thread of meditation, contemplation, and silence. SDRC continues its tradition of excellence as the preeminent meditation retreat center in the southeast and is historically ranked top 10 nationally."

* Atlanta Buddhism.org - "We have compiled this list of groups that are now meeting virtually." 
Monthly Article: 5 Practices for Nurturing Happiness

 – "Being able to enjoy happiness doesn’t require that we have zero suffering. In fact, the art of happiness is also the art of suffering well. When we learn to acknowledge, embrace, and understand our suffering, we suffer much less."
 – "Mindfulness is the best way to be with our suffering without being overwhelmed by it. Mindfulness is the capacity to dwell in the present moment, to know what’s happening in the here and now."
 

~From 5 Practices for Nurturing Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh
 
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