Support while Social Distancing During COVID-19

This is such an important time to keep our hearts open despite the uncertainty around us and to turn to our practice.

Would you like to be able to share your insight meditation journey with another Insight Meditator during this time of distancing? The Metta Committee would like to offer a way to connect to others in the sangha, via a new program: Sangha Buddies.

Sangha Buddies pairs folks for connecting (first request received with second, and so on…) and asks that you commit to your “Buddy” for a weekly check-in (phone or virtual conversation or opposite ends of a picnic bench) offering each other the generosity of their time, compassion, wisdom and support on their Dharma journey.  Suggested participation is October – through December 31 2020.

If you’re interested, please contact Maria Schutte (Metta Committee), mariaschutte@hotmail.com. Make sure to include a phone number and the contact email address you prefer.

Many of the Insight Meditation Centers are offering their previously scheduled residential courses online at a significantly reduced price. This is a good opportunity to have a home retreat with well-respected teachers at a fraction of the cost. Here are 2 of their websites to check out:

Spirit Rock (copy and paste link)

https://www.spiritrock.org/?utm_source=Spirit+Rock+Master+List&utm_campaign=7f14c5326d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_02_04_02_52_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15c7af9ed4-7f14c5326d-17468241

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/

There is much support online for those who are coping with anxiety or aloneness, or who may be seeking greater compassion without judgment or fear. Below, I have listed just a few inspiring talks and writings:

Sounds True free video series on self-compassion:

https://product.soundstrue.com/power-of-self-compassion/free-video-series/?_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJhbHdheXNraW5kbmVzc0BpY2xvdWQuY29tIiwgImtsX2NvbXBhbnlfaWQiOiAiSk1EZ2FxIn0%3D

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies on “Bridging the Social Distance Divide” https://www.buddhistinquiry.org/resources/daily-sit/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Bridging%20the%20Social%20Distancing%20Divide&utm_content=Bridging%20the%20Social%20Distancing%20Divide+CID_e342c6adfd5a28048395a931cd50dd80&utm_source=BCBS%20CM

Oren Jay Sofer from Insight Meditation Society – Guided meditations

https://www.youtube.com/c/orenjaysofervideo

Krista Tippett On Being Project with Rebecca Solnit – inspirational interviews

https://onbeing.org/programs/rebecca-solnit-falling-together/

Tricycle Magazine is having 25% off their online courses. I recommend one called “Living in Harmony” by Andrew Olendzki. He is a brilliant scholar whom I got to know personally on Tricycle’s trip to Sri Lanka.

If you have the opportunity to be outdoors, the earth is providing us with such beauty and hope that comes with spring. Just outside your window, the birds are singing and the earth is renewing.

Wishing you deep mindfulness of all the goodness there remains in the world. Stay safe.

With Metta,

Joy LiBethe