With deepest gratitude for our teacher
and the guidance he has given us so we can free ourselves
and be happier and able to be peace
so we can help to contribute that to the collective consciousness.
"When you allow yourself to be in a sangha the way a drop of water allows itself to be in a river, the energy of the sangha can penetrate into you, and transformation and healing will become possible."
Thich Nhat Hanh
"We are always running, and it is hard for us to stop and be here in the present moment, to encounter life. With sangha you will be able to learn the art of stopping."
Thich Nhat Hanh
As many of you know...the more years that I practice, the more grateful I am and the more in awe I am of the wisdom that Thay has transmitted to us. He has given us a beautiful map to help us to navigate these tumultuous waters and to deepen our respect and appreciation for ourselves, each other and the planet.
I have experienced so many fruits of the practices that he has shared, and have been honored to be able to share the practices with others. I have seen the same kinds of transformation and healing take place in the members of our Sanghas.
Today Thay is celebrating his 93rd continuation day. If you have also experienced the benefits of what he has shared with us...if you would like to thank him, he has always told us that the best gift he could receive is a promise to deepen our practice in some way. If you are moved to do that and would like to share it with Thay, please respond to this email - change the Subject to "THAY"...I will collect all responses and forward them all to those who can read them to Thay.(so as not to overload anyone's email.) You might just like to send a thank you and
that is fine also. Whatever you feel moved to do. Mostly, it would be lovely if you can sit for a bit of time today and send him lots of metta. We are so blessed!
We can enjoy this together on Sunday evening at 6 PM at the West home. (directions below) We will enjoy sitting/walking/sitting meditation, continue to look at Thay's teachings in "The Art of Living" and share the Dharma. Cindy will facilitate. I hope that you will be able to be with us..It is wonderful to be able to take refuge in the Sangha during difficult times.
Speaking of taking refuge, I will be offering a Day of Mindfulness and taking refuge will be the focus. It will be on Saturday, Oct 19 in West Hartford, CT. Today is the last day for registering - the forms are below....so if you, or anyone you know is interested in attending, please respond today! For those of you who have already registered, please note that the venue has changed (the original venue is under construction which has not been completed yet)
A MOVIE OPPORTUNITY
Two Sangha members from the Mind Tamers and Joyfully Together Sanghas, Jess and Nicole Skyleson, are sponsoring a showing of what looks like a wonderful film at the Seekonk Showcase on November 7. All the info is below...check out the trailer and if interested, get your tickets on line. They need to have a certain number of tickets to be sold in order for the showing to happen.
It is called "A Free Trip to Egypt" It is about finding common ground and developing understanding and overcoming the fears and prejudices that divide us. It seems like it will be a very timely film for the times in which we are living!
Watering Seeds of Joy
Want to learn more about Thay's life?
Sanghas from all around the world have sent videos and photos to show their gratitude for Thay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGHZZmzgz4M&feature=youtu.be enjoy!
Thank all of you who were able to attend Laura's birthday celebration and/or send cards.A special thank you to Margaret who organized it. It was a total delight and as you can see...she enjoyed it immensely... Thank you for watering her seeds of joy...she watered ours!
I hope you will be able to be with us for one or all of these events and in the meantime I hope you are watering lots of seeds of joy.
with much love and deep gratitude for interring for all of you,
Greater Hartford Sangha Annual Fall Day of Mindfulness
in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Refuge in the Three Jewels
The Buddha, The Dharma, The Sangha
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Guest Dharma Teacher: Joanne Friday
Check In Time: 9:30 a.m. Program Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Day includes a Dharma Talk, Question & Answer period,
Sitting, Walking (outdoors) and Eating Meditation (vegetarian lunch provided)
Please bring preferred meditation props,
mug for tea/coffee, dish, bowl and utensils
Also, be mindful that we remove our shoes before entering meditation hall ... slippers/ socks are appropriate
The Village for Families and Children at 331 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford, CT 06114(Directions at www.villageforchildren.org)
Pre-registration and payment of $20 is required by October 11
Space limited to 70 people
No refunds for cancellations; registration is not transferrable
A Dana [donation] basket will be available for the teacher.
Please send registration form below with a check for $20 by Oct. 11 to: Kerri Orr, 38 N. Main St.#17, West Hartford CT 06107
Please make checks payable to: Kerri Orr
Name: ______________________ Email: __________________________ Phone #: _______________ Affiliated Sangha: _____________________ Address (optional): _________________
MOVIE INFORMATION - A FREE TRIP TO EGYPT
We are hosting a screening of a new film, "Free Trip to Egypt", at the Showcase Cinema in Seekonk on Nov 7th. This film is an intriguing look at mindfulness in action, and explores how we can find interbeing across all distances, be they miles, cultures, or political philosophies.
We need to reach a minimum threshold of 79 tickets sold in order for the film to be shown. If we meet the threshold, 5% of the proceeds from each ticket will be donated to the Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness!
Please see https://www.tugg.com/events/free-trip-to-egypt-f01x for more info and to buy tickets! We hope you'll be able to join us! And please feel free to share this event with other sanghas or anyone who may be interested in attending as well!
Thank you so much!
Jess and Nicole Skyleson
DIRECTIONS TO THE WEST HOME
We live about 2 miles from URI. From rt 138, go north onto Old North Rd. (across the street from big sign ““Kingston Hill Store Books Used and Rare””. Also, just a smidge west of the 138/108 traffic light). Old North Rd starts off as a one way, continues on as a two way street, and finally ends as a T. You will see our corner property from there. Go left at the T (Old North Rd meets Stoneyfort Rd), and then a quick right onto 9 Plantation Dr, Saunderstown We are the first home on the right (2nd driveway is easiest). Come on in the side door (porch/kitchen)!