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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>>. While we hope that you are finding both time and ease on your cushion as we welcome June, it isn't hard to imagine that many of you are still reeling from the most recent mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas.  As we collectively grapple with the senselessness of this heinous tragedy and the continuation of these types of tragedies in our country, how can we lean on our practice and the Buddha's teachings to support ourselves, our families, and our communities? How can we spread peace and love when conflict and violence seem to grow around us?

The words of Thich Nhat Hanh are still with us, reminding us of the power of mindful action: "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."

On May 23rd, Ayya Dhammadipa gave a dharma talk on Tricycle Magazine about "what the dharma can teach us about understanding these shootings, focusing on the impact of a sense of separation, which, when it becomes hardened and painful, leads to a dehumanization of others."

In this month's newsletter you'll find links to an article on Buddhist practices for times of tragedy, 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,
Your friends at SEBC
 
Meditation Schedule 
The Zoom link for both June 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, June 1st, 7 - 8pm
* Virtual: Wednesday, June 8th, 7 - 8pm

Same link (ID/password) for both Wednesday sessions:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81431285347?pwd=bm1WTGVXYTBsU1NBSGRhRmViUWgrZz09

Meeting ID: 814 3128 5347
Passcode: 686188

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 Meditation Practice Center - "You are invited to join us on Zoom for our  Online Mindfulness Practice Session on Thursdays with Magnolia Grove Monastics. Different monastics will facilitate the practice session. Format will vary each time."

* 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 - "We have compiled this list of groups that are now meeting virtually." 
Monthly Article: Two Practices for Times of Tragedy

 – "When tragedy strikes, we can feel like the ground has dropped out from under our feet. The Buddhist view, though, is that these experiences offer an opportunity to directly experience wisdom and compassion — exactly what is needed in times of crisis."
 – "When tragedy strikes, we can feel like the ground has dropped out from under our feet. The Buddhist view, though, is that these experiences offer an opportunity to directly experience wisdom and compassion — exactly what is needed in times of crisis."
 

~From Two Practices for Times of Tragedy by Sam Littlefair
 
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