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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>>. I hope that you are finding both time and ease on your cushion as we welcome September. I have recently started practicing brief body scans throughout my day to help bring me back to the present moment. There are times when I've noticed tightness in my chest or pain in my temples, and other times when I've noticed that I feel light and energized. Noticing the tightness allows me to take a brief moment to come back to the present, to settle into my body and breath and to sometimes release the tension in my body.  Noticing what makes me feel light allows me to mentally note my blessings or where I find joy in the mundane. 

Dharma teacher, Willa Blythe Baker, shares with us: "So how is it that meditation helps us come into the now? The bridge for coming into the now is the body. The body exists in the radical present. Paying attention to it has the power to draw us into this present moment and to show us how to settle into the vividness of our own experience as it is unfolding...The body does not live in the past and not in the future, it is feeling, experiencing, and breathing right now...To come into relationship with the radical now, or absolute now, or the timeless time can be as simple as just coming into contact with a sensation that is happening in the body. And that moment we go from being caught up in the past and the future into just now, just being."

In this month's newsletter you'll find a link to the Windhorse Zen sangha in North Carolina that is offering a 3-month Zoom series called "Awakening from Whiteness," a program meant to help combat racism. You'll also find 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 September 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, September 7th, 7 - 8pm
* Virtual: Wednesday, September 14th, 7 - 8pm

Same link (ID/password) for both Wednesday sessions:
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88990095026?pwd=bzZFYWxnWWhiY1lCWHlMWGhJeGpZdz09 

Meeting ID: 889 9009 5026
Passcode: 008437

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

*Windhorse Zen Community - The Windhorse Zen community is offering a 3-month Zoom series, "Awakeneing from Whiteness" to combat racism and encourage a more just community. This class provides an opportunity to “focus on awareness about the effects of Whiteness both systemically and individually and provides tools and education.”

*Magnolia Grove Meditation Practice Center - "You are invited to join us on Zoom for our  Online Mindfulness Practice Session on Thursdays with Magnolia Grove Monastics. Different monastics will facilitate the practice session. Format will vary each time."

* 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: "Overcoming the Vortex of Desire"

 – ""We can notice the wanting mind the next time we reach for our phone when there is nothing else to do, or the next time we idly flick through the myriad TV channels on our flat-screen TV."
 – "As you go about your daily activities, form the intention to become aware of your wanting mind. Then notice the varying ways that craving and wanting affect the way you think, feel, and act."
 

~From "Overcoming the Vortex of Desire" by Rob Nairn, Choden, and Heather Regan-Addis 
 
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