“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 October.  The shifting seasons present an opportunity to reflect on the cycles and inevitable changes in nature, and as we are one with nature, the cycles and changes in our own lives.  There is a graceful acceptance to the changes in nature; nature does not rail against the chilly mornings making their appearance, nor does it cling to the sunlight as the days become shorter.  In Thich Nhat Hanh's "Love Letter to the Earth," he reminds us:

Dear Mother, wherever there is soil, water, rock or air, you are there, nourishing me and giving me life. You are present in every cell of my body. My physical body is your physical body, and just as the sun and stars are present in you, they are also present in me. You are not outside of me and I am not outside of you. You are more than just my environment. You are nothing less than myself.

Schedule Reminder: We will meet virtually the first 2 Wednesdays and 3rd Sunday of October.  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, an article with 7 meditations for connecting with nature, 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 October 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, October 6th, 7 - 8pm
* Virtual: Wednesday, October 13th, 7 - 8pm
* Virtual: Sunday, October 17th, 4 - 5pm (separate link below)

Same link (ID/password) for both Wednesday October sessions:

Meeting ID: 862 4274 0663
Passcode: 971460

Link (ID/password) for Sunday October session:

Meeting ID: 865 2539 1640
Passcode: 460729
  • 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 - "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 Breath of Fresh Air

 – "The power of the natural world encourages us to let go of our habitual mode of being, which is usually self-centered, acquisitive, and endlessly seeking something outside of ourselves. The everyday thinking mind, with its restless concerns and perennial planning, begins to calm down. The body feels more at ease, and the heart slowly opens and resonates with the peace of the natural world.

~From A Breath of Fresh Air by Mark Coleman
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