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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 March.  Finding ease may be difficult at this time, as one global crisis bleeds into the next.  You may find yourself feeling helpless or even hopeless as the 24 hour news cycle shares atrocity after atrocity.  These are certainly times that it is even more crucial to find that time on your cushion, even if you can only manage a few minutes at a time.  As we turn to our practice, we have the opportunity to take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma (the Buddha's teachings), and the Sangha (spiritual community).  

Beth Roth, a Western meditation teacher, shares: "By Taking Refuge, we place ourselves in a spacious container within which we are lovingly held, just as we are. However strong and whole we may feel, however broken and vulnerable, and with all our flaws and imperfections, we are held in great love and tenderness. Taking Refuge also reminds us that we are not alone. It affirms that we belong to something reliable and trustworthy that is larger than our small, individual selves."

See this month's virtual meditation schedule below.  We hope to see you as we support each other and take refuge in our sangha.

In this month's newsletter you'll find links to 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 and wishes for a happy New Year,
Your friends at SEBC
 
Meditation Schedule 
The Zoom link for both March 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, March 2nd, 7 - 8pm
* Virtual: Wednesday, March 9th, 7 - 8pm

Same link (ID/password) for both Wednesday March sessions:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87579647834?pwd=VTNJbmk1KzZacVhDa3BzOE5Ka2N0QT09

Meeting ID: 875 7964 7834
Passcode: 949912

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: The Not -Knowing of Our Time

 – "...as we continue to navigate ever-changing coronavirus protocols, the escalating climate emergency, and deadlocks in American politics that halt the possibility of true progressive, human-centered policy. In juxtaposition to these extremes, we might feel that we are standing still, not making progress on our path, or that we have been left without a choice on how we get to exist."
 – "If we can recognize and accept our pain without pushing it away or clinging to it, we’ll be better able to see that joys and sorrows are truly the same. Through letting go and touching emptiness, we can then choose a compassionate response."
 

~From The Not-Knowing of Our Time by Jessica Angima
 
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