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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 April, you are finding both time and ease on your cushion.  Many people have been recently sharing feeling out of sorts, easily distracted, and some have even shared feeling disconnected from their personal practices.  For many of us, we have just passed the one-year marker of staying at home, working from home, and/or our children learning from home, and it's not unreasonable that this might have many of us feeling a bit stir-crazy, ready for what's next but also worried about the future.  

Chogyam Trungpa said, “Meditation practice is a way of making friends with ourselves. Whether we are worthy or unworthy, that’s not the point. It’s developing a friendly attitude to ourselves, accepting the hidden neurosis coming through.”  Whether we are distracted, anxious, tired, or any number of undesirable qualities, we can always decide right now to close our eyes and notice our breath, quieting the constant internal buzzing even for just a few moments to remember to befriend ourselves and to remain gentle with ourselves. Nothing is permanent. 

In this month's newsletter, you'll find links to other online events and resources.  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 April. 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 April; 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, April 7th, 7 - 8pm
* Wednesday, April 14th, 7 - 8pm
* Wednesday, April 21st , 7 - 8pm 
* Wednesday, April 28th, 7 - 8pm


Same link (ID/password) for all April sessions:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81265296012?pwd=TGVKbWZENWRBSjJIQUp3bkgzUGxxUT09

Meeting ID: 812 6529 6012
Passcode: 239325
  • 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: Train Your Mind: If You Can Practice Even When Distracted, You Are Well Trained

 – “The goal of mindfulness is to overcome distractedness and learn how to focus the mind. The idea is to hold the mind to an object of our choosing, rather than be at the mercy of a mind that is hip-hopping all over the place." 
 

~From Train Your Mind: If You Can Practice Even When Distracted, You Are Well Trained by Judy Lief
 
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