“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 as you enter March, you are finding both time and ease on your cushion.  Here in Georgia, we can feel spring on our doorsteps.  We're welcoming warmer days and preparing to put our sweaters away.  This is often a time that people tackle spring cleaning, feeling rejuvenation in opening the windows, clearing out the dust bunnies, and possibly clearing out clutter.  Letting go of material things that are "no longer bringing you joy" may be one of the tenets behind Marie Kondo's "life-changing magic of tidying up," but reducing our attachment and desire to material things is also something the Buddha recognized as key to reducing our suffering. This doesn't mean that you should get rid of everything you own or live the life of a monastic, but it means creating room to experience life and love more fully, without clinging.  

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything — anger, anxiety, or possessions — we cannot be free.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

In this month's newsletter, you'll find links to other online events and resources including additional material on Buddhist thought on minimalism.  Additional information about SEBC - and more resources - can be found on our website and Facebook.

Online Meditation will continue to be hosted by SEBC every Wednesday in March. Turn your meditation practice into a routine! The Zoom meeting link can be found below and will be the same for all March sessions.

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
Online Meditation Sessions
Our monthly meditation sessions will meet each Wednesday in March; 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!!

* Wednesday, March 3rd, 7 - 8pm
* Wednesday, March 10th, 7 - 8pm
* Wednesday, March 17th , 7 - 8pm 
* Wednesday, March 24th, 7 - 8pm
*Wednesday, March 31st, 7-8pm

Same link (ID/password) for all March sessions:

Meeting ID: 843 9227 8032
Passcode: 325385
  • To dial with phone by your location, find your local number here.
  • Click here for information on how to join a Zoom meeting.
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

* March is Meditation Month! Join for free resources to boost your meditation practice. - "Starting Monday, March 1, you’ll receive access to weekly guided meditations, two live calls with Gu Guo, a weekly newsletter, curated articles and resources, a group discussion forum, and more. Sign up now to take the challenge!" 

* 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 - "Due to the Coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19), all people are encouraged to stay home whenever possible, and help stop the spread. We have compiled this list of groups that are now meeting virtually." 
Monthly Article: Gaining Freedom From Our Obsession with Possessions by Ara D. 

 – “I needed a higher paying job to pay not only my bills, but also to maintain all my possessions, which I identified with so strongly.

In an increasingly globalized and interconnected world, countless corporations and advertisers work hand in hand to convince us of our inherent need to possess possessions, and they deliver the message that our worth can be counted by the quantity and price tag of our material belongings."

~From Gaining Freedom From Our Obsession With Possession by Ara D. 
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