Zoom Meetings Update

As of April 4, 2020, Zoom is requiring a PASSWORD to attend online meetings. Please note the updated information below.

  • Sunday Morning Service (including Precepts Renewal, etc): Click here to join. Alternatively go to https://zoom.us/, click the links to enter a meeting, and enter meeting ID 971-373-141 and password 879550. Meditation begins at 9:00 am; dharma discussion 10:30 to 11:30 am. 
  • Wednesday Reading Group: Click here to join. Alternatively go to https://zoom.us/, click the links to enter a meeting, and enter meeting ID 742-046-943 password 076141. Meditation begins at 7:30 pm, discussion 8:30 to 9:30 pm.
  • Other Meetings (Women's Group, Justice & Equity, Dharma Study): Please contact group host for particulars: some will be held on Zoom, others cancelled to be resumed in person at a later date.

We will be continuing to host meetings online, and our physical space is CLOSED until further notice. If you are in need of support, or would like to volunteer to help sangha members and friends who are, please contact Charli Vogt by email at charlikv@gmail.com.

Red Clay SanghA note on Zoom etiquette: you will be on mute when you join a meeting: please remain on mute while sitting, and during discussions unless you are talking. (With many participants background noise can be a real problem, and it is sometimes tough to tell where it's coming from.) Please place hands together or use the chat window to indicate you wish to talk, and wait on the leader to call on you before speaking. (Talk over can be a problem with Zoom.) The line will be open 15 minutes early if you would like to call in early to make sure you are properly set up. Email garethjohnyoung@gmail.com if you need help setting up.

Here are two sites that we have found helpful for current information about the Covid-19 Pandemic: dph.georgia.gov and cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019

2021 Membership Drive Progress

The Red Clay Sangha 2021 Membership Drive is on and we are calling on everyone who has been supported by RCS to in turn support RCS. Benefits of membership include being part of a warm and welcoming community and practicing the generosity and compassion of the Buddha together with a Sangha. Members are able to serve on the Board of Directors, vote for the Board slate, play a key role in shaping the future of RCS by participating in the annual membership meeting and other special planning/visioning meetings and register for retreats before they are open to the public.

We are a volunteer organization, but Red Clay Sangha has real costs of operation. Our visiting teachers depend on dana for their livelihood, and we want to treat them fairly. Our retreats are affordable in large part because Red Clay Sangha subsidizes them. Although we aren’t meeting in our space, we continue to pay rent so that we have a space to which we can return; we also have ongoing expenses such as insurance and a website, and Zoom. Since we’re not meeting in our space, we no longer have a dana box by the door for extra cash. So far, we’ve been able to support our activities and provide the dharma free, or at low cost, based heavily on the generous support of a small number of generous members. This model, though, has major flaws:

  1. It places undue pressure on a small number of people.
  2. It creates imbalance and risk in the sangha's finances.
  3. It unintentionally serves to create a perceived dual system.

The potential higher cost of a new residential retreat space in 2021, and of a larger long-term in-town space as our sangha grows, call for a broader and more stable support base. We ask you, therefore, as you reflect on your 2020 priorities not just to make a small year-end donation, but to commit to support us financially in a manner that is meaningful to you.

    

About Red Clay Sangha Red Clay Sangha offers Buddhist practice - meditation, chanting, study and fellowship - in Atlanta, Georgia. We have no central tradition or teacher, but rather draw from many traditions and lineages and have a sangha (community)-oriented approach to teaching and ministry. The sangha is dedicated to bringing the compassion and wisdom of Buddha's teachings and practice to all without disparagement. Each voice forms our song and each face our picture.

New to Red Clay Sangha? Welcome! 

Please enter quietly, remove your shoes and join in the meditation session if it is in progress. Modest, comfortable clothing is appropriate. Please do not wear fragrance. Please be quiet in the parking lot and entryway. Once entering the meditation hall, please remember that this is our sacred space. 

Schedule - our regular weekly activities are on Sunday morning and Wednesday evenings. We also have a monthly Women's Circle and frequent special events, including retreats. Please see our "Programs" pages or the calendars below for more information.

Introduction - an overview of our general practices, and basic meditation instruction is available before each session (please arrive early and ask the attendant for assistance)

Special Events

16 Jan 2021 8:45 AM • Zoom [Call info will be provided]
20 Feb 2021 8:30 AM • Zoom
13 Mar 2021 8:45 AM • Red Clay Sangha
21 Apr 2021 4:00 PM • The Heartwood Retreat Center, Blue Ridge, GA
01 May 2021 9:00 AM • Zoom
15 May 2021 8:45 AM • Red Clay Sangha



Upcoming events

14 Nov 2020 • Ten Directions, Three Times
06 Dec 2020 1:00 PM • Red Clay Sangha, Hospital Drive
27 Dec 2020 10:03 AM • Red Clay Sangha
27 Dec 2020 1:00 PM • Red Clay Sangha
03 Jan 2021 1:00 PM • Red Clay Sangha, Hospital Drive
16 Jan 2021 8:45 AM • Zoom [Call info will be provided]
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