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Dear friends,

We are continuing to not hold our Monday evening practice sessions and Saturday morning retreats in order to ensure that we do not contribute to further spread of the coronavirus. The Eno River UU Fellowship (ERUUF), where ERBC meets, continues to monitor health and safety guidance from local, state, and national public health experts to determine when it will be prudent to allow in-person meetings again.

We are sending out extended sutta-passage-of-the-week emails each Monday, including suggestions for practice. If you are not receiving our weekly emails, and would like to, please visit our email list sign up page.

If you have suggestions about how we can best support each other during this time, please feel free to let me know by email at smseiberling@gmail.com.

“May all beings live happily, may they be free from enmity, free from affliction, and free from anxiety.”

Steve

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The Eno River Buddhist Community Sutta Study Group will start again later this month. The study group provides an opportunity to explore more deeply what the Buddha taught based on material from the collection of discourses (Sutta Piṭaka). We will look at key topics thematically, such as impermanence (anicca), not-self (anattā), and mental proliferation (papañca), as well close reading of select discourses from the Middle Length collection (Majjhima Nikāya).

We will meet twice monthly starting at the end of September through May of next year. The group is small to allow for good discussion, and is best suited to those with previous experience studying the suttas. Please contact Steve Seiberling at smseiberling@gmail.com if you’re interested in joining us, or if you’d like more information. You’ll also find more details on our Sutta Study Group page.

Bhikkhus, these four times, rightly developed and coordinated, gradually culminate in the destruction of the taints. What four? The time for listening to the Dhamma, the time for discussing the Dhamma, the time for serenity, and the time for insight. These four times, rightly developed and coordinated, gradually culminate in the destruction of the taints.

from Aṅguttara Nikāya 4:147 (Bhikkhu Bodhi, trans., The Numerical Discourses of the Buddha, Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2012, p. 520).

 

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