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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 as you welcome July, you are finding both time and ease on your cushion. Being able to interact with more people in the last month has brought the joys and anxieties of being apart of a community to the forefronts of many of our minds.  While being isolated comes with its own hardships, and reengaging with our communities comes with many joys, returning to our offices, schools, and social obligations can also bring about challenges.  Can we use this time to reflect on how we can we participate in community while maintaining mindfulness?

Thich Nhat Hanh writes: If you have a supportive sangha, it’s easy to nourish your bodhicitta, the seeds of enlightenment. If you don’t have anyone who understands you, who encourages you in the practice of the living dharma, your desire to practice may wither. Your sangha—family, friends, and copractitioners—is the soil, and you are the seed. No matter how vigorous the seed is, if the soil does not provide nourishment, your seed will die. A good sangha is crucial for the practice.

As things continue to change and open up, the SEBC facilitation team would like to get your feedback on the frequency and location of our Sangha meetings.  Please take 2 minutes to respond to our 2 survey questions about our continued meetings: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W3XJD3B

In this month's newsletter you'll find links to online events, resources, and an update on how to access Zoom if you've had any problems with previous links.  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 July. Turn your meditation practice into a routine! The Zoom meeting link can be found below and will be the same for all July 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
We hope to be seeing folks – in-person – again soon!! Stay tuned! ‘Til then, feel free to join us on Zoom. 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!!

* Wednesday, July 7th, 7 - 8pm
* Wednesday, July 14th, 7 - 8pm
* Wednesday, July 21st , 7 - 8pm 
* Wednesday, June 28th, 7 - 8pm

Same link (ID/password) for all July sessions:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87582908529?pwd=cVNXdmdUb3VUTmFIWEQxdFJPdFNjZz09

Meeting ID: 875 8290 8529
Passcode: 176095
  • 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

* 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 - "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: Sangha Appears Naturally in Daily Life

 – "Sangha is a heart of inclusion. It’s the act of turning toward rather than away from each other."
– "...I also realize that sangha is not so much a matter of form or lineage as it is a gathering of the moment. Sangha is a state of mind, a capacity of the heart."
 

~From Sangha Appears Naturally in Daily Life by Tricycle Magazine
 
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