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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 May. Here in Augusta, Georgia, we are basking in cool mornings and warm afternoons, and the smells of honeysuckle and jasmine light the air.  It's a beautiful time to get outdoors and enjoy the blessings that nature bestows upon us.  There are so many lessons in nature: acceptance, adaptability, presence.  And what better way to support your gratitude practice than to find the blessings in a light breeze, the bright blue sky, and birdsong.  

Mark Coleman, meditation teacher and writer, tells us, "The power of the natural world encourages us to let go of our habitual mode of being, which is usually self-centered, acquisitive, and endlessly seeking something outside of ourselves. The everyday thinking mind, with its restless concerns and perennial planning, begins to calm down. The body feels more at ease, and the heart slowly opens and resonates with the peace of the natural world...Nature teaches us simplicity and contentment, because in its presence we realize we need very little to be happy."

In this month's newsletter you'll find links to an article on walking meditation with Thich Nhat Hanh, 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 May 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, May 4th, 7 - 8pm
* Virtual: Wednesday, May 11th, 7 - 8pm

Same link (ID/password) for both Wednesday sessions:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81031773873?pwd=TnpDaW9GejdzamMwcmFaYm9KUlcvUT09

Meeting ID: 810 3177 3873
Passcode: 000052

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: Walk Like a Buddha

 – "You can take a step and touch the earth in such a way that you establish yourself in the present moment; you will arrive in the here and the now. You don’t need to make any effort at all. Your foot touches the earth mindfully, and you arrive firmly in the here and the now. And suddenly you are free..."
 – "When you walk, who do you walk for? You can walk to get somewhere but you can also walk as a kind of meditative offering. It’s nice to walk for your parents or for your grandparents who may not have known the practice of walking in mindfulness."
 

~From Walk Like a Buddha by Thich Nhat Hanh
 
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