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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>>. I hope that you are finding both ease and time on your cushion as we welcome September.  It has been a challenging month.  Between world events and climate events, it's hard to tune in to the news and not feel helpless and maybe even fearful.  How can we send metta to those impacted around the world, stay as informed as is useful, and protect our metal health?  Meditation teacher, Jack Kornfield, recommends ways we can work with our fear while meditating:

Start simply. When fear arises, name it softly and experience what it does to the breath, to the body, how it affects the heart. Notice how long it lasts. Be aware of the images. Notice the sensations and ideas that accompany it, the scary stories it tells. Of course, when we work with the fearful mind, we will initially become afraid. However, at some point, if we open our eyes and our heart to the fearful mind and gently name it, “fear, fear, fear,” experiencing its energy as it moves through us, the whole sense of fear will shift and eventually become recognition: “Oh, fear, here you are again. I know you. How interesting that you’ve come.” Make friends with your fear.  From this foundation of loving awareness and acceptance we can make choices about how to act with some degree of discriminating wisdom. Sometimes it is wise to retreat from a situation, and sometimes we move ahead despite the fear.

Schedule Update: Due to increased COVID cases, SEBC will meet virtually the first 2 Wednesdays and 3rd Sunday of September.  We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments to ensure safety. Please note there is one Zoom link for the first 2 Wednesdays and a separate link for the 3rd Sunday. The Zoom meeting links can be found below. 

In this month's newsletter you'll find links to online events, resources, 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 (Virtual only until further notice)
The Zoom link for both September 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, September 1st, 7 - 8pm
* Virtual: Wednesday, September 8th, 7 - 8pm
* Virtual: Sunday, September 19th, 4 - 5pm (separate link below)

Same link (ID/password) for both Wednesday September sessions:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89183934522?pwd=c1V6aXZWakMyMlAxcTVIRmFmS0pwUT09

Meeting ID: 891 8393 4522
Passcode: 528685

Link (ID/password) for Sunday session:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83057545837?pwd=RHorLzBMRndzcjFDdjhJV2VKenlVdz09 

Meeting ID: 830 5754 5837
Passcode: 423852
 
  • 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: A Reminder To Pause

 – "...Our nervous system is designed to activate and deactivate as needed, depending upon our environment and the circumstances that are happening. But the effects of ongoing stress, systemic injustice, relational ruptures, and loss can cause our system to get stuck. The continuity of mindfulness allows us to see and feel those patterns, so we’re working with the intellect as well as the body." 
 

~From A Reminder To Pause by Kathy Cherry
 
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