“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 November.  In some areas of the world, we're seeing a tentative reopening, returning to "normal," bringing the concept of community to the forefront of my mind.  I know many of us here in the SEBC community have shared how our virtual meditation sessions were a bright spot of grounding and centering during the pandemic.  When the Buddha spoke of the three jewels of Buddhism, he knew the importance of the role played by the Sangha (a community of practitioners).  Being surrounded by a community who is also living and practicing the dharma bolsters your own efforts along the path. Thich Nhat Hanh tells us:

If you have a supportive sangha, it’s easy to nourish your bodhicitta, the seeds of enlightenment. If you don’t have anyone who understands you, who encourages you in the practice of the living dharma, your desire to practice may wither. Your sangha—family, friends, and copractitioners—is the soil, and you are the seed. No matter how vigorous the seed is, if the soil does not provide nourishment, your seed will die. A good sangha is crucial for the practice.

Thank you for being here and being part of this sangha.

Schedule Reminder: We will meet virtually the first 2 Wednesdays and 3rd Sunday of November.  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 about the sangha, 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 November 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, November 3rd, 7 - 8pm
* Virtual: Wednesday, November 10th, 7 - 8pm
* Virtual: Sunday, November 21st, 4 - 5pm (separate link below)

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

Meeting ID: 868 2176 8098
Passcode: 985057

Link (ID/password) for Sunday November session:

Meeting ID: 899 5059 3204
Passcode: 373741
  • 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: The Role of Friendship On the Path

 – "An important part of the interpersonal aspect of Buddhist practice is having spiritual friendships.  The Buddha emphasized this when he said that the precursor for the Eight Fold Path is having good spiritual friends (kalyana mitta).  These are the people with whom we share the practice and who support us in the practice."
 – "Dharma friendships are also wonderful places to have Dharma discussions.  To explore the teachings and our experiences in practice through conversations with others can deepen our understanding in many ways.  It can bring us new perspectives, questions and areas for further investigation."

~From The Role of Friendship On the Path by Gil Fronsdal
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