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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're still here - glad you are too. This past month, we got together every Wednesday online. Little different experience than usual for our community, meeting so regularly. Was nice having more continuity, keeping up with the practice, showing up each week. Nevertheless, one may sit anywhere, anytime - the breath is a constant companion.

As the saying goes at the top of every newsletter: "If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?" But if you're anything like me, the truth is, I don't always like the truth - so then, may that be my truth. Can I get to know it? Can I make friends with life - as it is - rather than as I wish it would be? While not giving up on a brighter future, I can breathe a new relationship into life with each breath, followed by actions, all starting here. Welcome home. You belong here.


Online Meditation will be hosted by SEBC the 1st & 2nd Wednesdays of each month – until further notice – to maintain physical distancing while still supporting & encouraging social & spiritual contact. More online events for additional Weds may be announced, with the latest schedule & info to be posted on our website calendar & Facebook. The Zoom meeting link can be found below and will be the same for all May sessions.

We at SEBC are sending metta to you and your loved ones during this turbulent time. If we can help, please reach out to us anytime. For now, we look forward to seeing you online! Stay safe and be well.


Much metta,
Your friends at SEBC
 
Online Meditation Sessions
Our monthly meditation sessions will continue on the same schedule, 1st & 2nd Wednesdays; however, due to the need for greater precautions with COVID-19, we will meet online through Zoom. 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!!

* Wed, May 6, 7pm - Meditation Session @ https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83653933639?pwd=emhDcnlTK25Da3ZoanNJK1VoWkJ2QT09
* Wed, May 13, 7pm - Meditation Session @ https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83653933639?pwd=emhDcnlTK25Da3ZoanNJK1VoWkJ2QT09

Meeting ID: 836 5393 3639
Password: 339694
(Same ID/password for ALL May sessions, including additional Weds, if announced - latest schedule/info to be posted on our website & Facebook.)
To dial with phone by your location, find your local number here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kb1JMVcgNg

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. 

Click here for more info on our Wednesday meditation sessions.

Note: Click here for information on how to join a Zoom meeting.
"You do not have to have a Zoom account to attend a Zoom meeting or interview. You will be prompted to download the software, once you have clicked on the link that you have been provided. You may also wish to create an account, but that is not required to participate in a Zoom meeting." (from Participant Guide)

Other Online Events & Resources
* Tricycle Live Online Practice Sessions - "In response to this time of heightened anxiety & isolation due to the COVID–19 heath crisis, we are offering free virtual meditations from some of our beloved teachers..."

  • Stephen Batchelor: Tuesday, May 5 at 1:00 pm EDT
  • Pilar Jennings: Thursday, May 7 at 3:00 pm EDT
* Plum Village Live Events & Streams - "Join the international Plum Village community [Thich Nhat Hanh tradition] for our online live events."

* Southern Dharma Retreat Center, Hot Springs, NC - part of SDRC mission is to: "provide practitioners from all backgrounds and at all levels, from beginner to advanced, with inspirational teachings & practices from Buddhist and related traditions; serve as a resource for groups, teachers, and practitioners in the Southeast."

* Atlanta Buddhism.org - "As responsible members of our community, for the safety of those around you, we encourage you to STAY AT HOME and watch live-cast videos, see [website] for a list of links."

Monthly Article: Everything is Given and Received

"In the end, it’s not so important who gives and who receives. What matters is cultivating the openhandedness that takes us beyond clinging to our separation and into an awareness that all is given and received."
—Hai An (Sister Ocean), “The Dance of Reciprocity”
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