“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 time and ease on your cushion as we welcome February.  On January 22nd, people around the world mourned the loss of great Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, also lovingly known as Thay, or teacher.  He touched countless lives with his teachings, and will continue even in death through his writings and recordings.  His legacy will have a ripple effect of peace and love.  

 One of the many gifts he left us with is the practice of Engaged Buddhism, of which he wrote:
When I was in Vietnam, so many of our villages were being bombed. Along with my monastic brothers and sisters, I had to decide what to do. Should we continue to practice in our monasteries, or should we leave the meditation halls in order to help the people who were suffering under the bombs? After careful reflection, we decided to do both—to go out and help people and to do so in mindfulness. We called it Engaged Buddhism. Mindfulness must be engaged. Once there is seeing, there must be acting… We must be aware of the real problems of the world. Then, with mindfulness, we will know what to do and what not to do to be of help.”

Rest in peace, Thay.  

Schedule Update: We will meet virtually only the first 2 Wednesdays of this month.  The Zoom meeting link and more information can be found below. 

If you are interested in joining the facilitator's team to help facilitate our sessions, review the info regarding our founder's group and connect with one of our current facilitators or contact us here with any questions.  

In this month's newsletter you'll find links to online events, access to Magnolia Grove Monastery's virtual meditation sessions, 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 February 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, February 2nd, 7 - 8pm
* Virtual: Wednesday, February 9th, 7 - 8pm

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

Meeting ID: 869 6986 1127
Passcode: 547743

Meeting ID: 842 5412 0835
Passcode: 060259

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

* Magnolia Grove Monastery Virtual Meditation Calendar - More opportunities to practice via Zoom with a welcoming group of meditation practitioners

* 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: Thich Nhat Hanh In The West Virginia Hills

 – "There was this open-door quality to Thay’s teachings that seemed to welcome such spontaneity."
 – "Routinely, but randomly, a bell ringer would appear during the retreat workshops or during our silent meals. The bell ringer would hold up a small, resonant bell, tap it, and then, as Thay instructed, we’d let go of whatever grand important thoughts we were thinking. Dropping them to attend completely to the bell’s reverberations in the room."

~From Thich Nhat Hanh In The West Virginia Hills by Douglas John Imbrogno
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