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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 June, you are finding both time and ease on your cushion.  As the U.S. continues to expand vaccinations, we may be finding ourselves (safely) making plans again - joyfully seeing family and friends, planning brunches, shopping and travel for the first time in over a year.  Under that joy though, many of us are also remembering the relief we felt when we found our social calendars suddenly empty last year.  We can use this time to reflect on that feeling of relief and to consider how we prioritize time for stillness and rest as we start to step back out into the world.  

In Thich Nhat Hanh's book, The Art of Power, he reminds us, "Many people think excitement is happiness...But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace." 

In this month's newsletter, you'll find links to online events, resources, and an article on stillness from a Buddhist perspective.  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 June. Turn your meditation practice into a routine! The Zoom meeting link can be found below and will be the same for all June 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 June; 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, June 2nd, 7 - 8pm
* Wednesday, June 9th, 7 - 8pm
* Wednesday, June 16th , 7 - 8pm 
* Wednesday, June 23rd, 7 - 8pm
* Wednesday, June 30th, 7 - 8pm

Same link (ID/password) for all June sessions:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89504217531?pwd=U3FTeXdYS2pYNTM2eVFPL1ZzVU1KUT09

Meeting ID: 895 0421 7531
Passcode: 729187
  • 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: Adventures in Going Nowhere

 – "Going nowhere, as Leonard Cohen would later emphasize for me, isn’t about turning your back on the world; it’s about stepping away now and then so that you can see the world more clearly and love it more deeply."
– "I couldn’t stay in the hermitage forever—I wasn’t good at settling down, and I’m not part of any spiritual order—but I did feel that spending time in silence gave everything else in my days fresh value and excitement."
 

~From Adventures In Going Nowhere by Pico Iyer
 
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