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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>>. As we welcome November, we hope that this newsletter finds you faring well. We have all been facing a season of upheaval, uncertainty, and stress. Oren Jay Sofer tells us, “The more we can handle our own stress, the more available we are to help others. And if we can stay centered and grounded during a crisis, we can respond more effectively.” Instead of succumbing to feelings of overwhelm, we can use this time as an opportunity to lean into our practices, to sit with our discomfort, and to cultivate loving kindness for ourselves and others.
 
Online Meditation will continue to be hosted by SEBC every Wednesday in November.  Turn your meditation practice into a routine! The Zoom meeting link can be found below and will be the same for all November sessions.
 
We will also be continuing our discussion of The Inner Work of Racial Justice by Rhonda V. Magee in November.  On our 3rd Wednesday meeting in Nov. (11/18), we’ll discuss Parts III/IV. We will still start the book discussion with a brief check-in and a shortened meditation.
 
 In this month's newsletter, you'll find links to other online events and resources as well as the link to a donation-based guided meditation to help ground us as we approach the election.  Additional information about SEBC - and 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
Online Meditation Sessions
Our monthly meditation sessions will meet each Wednesday in November; 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!!

**Our monthly meditation sessions are now meeting every week!**

* Wednesday, November 4th, 7 - 8pm
* Wednesday, November 11th, 7 - 8pm
Additional sessions:
* Wednesday, November 18th , 7 - 8pm (Book discussion)
* Wednesday, November 25th, 7 - 8pm


Same link (ID/password) for all November sessions:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86770808760?pwd=N3hqa0hPbll4eU1DbVJPQUxkaXZQQT09
 Meeting ID: 867 7080 8760
Passcode: 725312
  • 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

* Stability in the Storm: A Pre-Election Day Meditation Sit with Sharon Salzberg “Elections can be stressful during the best of times, and this year’s presidential race is like no other in recent memory, compounded by Covid-19, increased awareness of racial tensions, natural disasters, and a shaky economy.” Click on this link for a donation-based guided meditation on Nov. 2nd to help keep you grounded during the U.S. election.    

* 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: " Don't Know Mind and the Election of Our Lives”
--"Buddhist teachings have always emphasized impermanence, and this year certainly offers us plenty of examples to demonstrate that truth. The instability of the world that most of us nonetheless took for granted has become more apparent and the future seems more unpredictable than ever."
-- "Don’t-know mind is not an excuse to evade responsibility. Rather it involves letting go of our fixed ideas about the world, including our expectations."
~David Loy, Don't Know Mind and the Election of Our Lives
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