The practice of walking meditation opens your eyes to wonders in the universe. It turns samsara into the Pure Land. It lets sorrow and worry fall away, and brings peace. But walking meditation also helps us to see pain, anguish, and suffering. When we are aware we can see clearly what is happening in life. I often tell meditation students, “If you can’t see what is happening in front of you and around you, how can you understand your true nature? It is not by closing your eyes that you see your own nature. On the contrary, you must open your eyes wide and wake up to the real situation in the world to see completely your whole Dharma Treasure, your whole Dharma Body. The bombs, the hunger, the pursuit of wealth and power - these are not separate from your nature.
Scented paths across the rice fields, shady bamboo-lined dirt roads, parks covered with dark colored dry leaves - these are your paths for walking meditation: please enjoy them. They should not lead you to forgetfulness, but should bring you the necessary mindfulness so that you can see the real dramas of the world. Then every path, every street - from the back alleys of Beirut to the roads of Vietnam where mines still explode and take the lives of children and farmers - every path in the world is your walking meditation path. Once you are awake, you will not hesitate to enter those paths.
You will suffer, but your pain will not come from your own worries and fears. You will suffer because of your kinship with all beings, because you have the compassion of an awakened being -a Bodhisattva. Then all your companions on the path you take will be invincible Bodhisattvas.
from “A Guide to Walking Meditation “ by Thich Nhat Hanh
I hope you are well and happy and experiencing interbeing with invincible Bodhisattvas!
I apologize that this is a bit late...I have been shutting down my computer during each wave of thunderstorms...so it has taken a bit of time!
We have a couple opportunities this weekend to put ourselves in the company of many wonderful beings.
Tomorrow, there will be a half Day of Mindfulness for Order members and aspirants as well as anyone who is interested in learning about our Order and about facilitation- which will be the topic for our gathering. We will have a Recitation Ceremony for the Fourteen Trainings and a Dharma Sharing and discussion about facilitation and sangha building. This will be followed by a vegetarian potluck lunch. The day will go from 10:30- 1:30 or 2.
I hope that you will be able to be with us.
On Sunday evening we will have our 3rd Sunday meeting at our home at 6 PM. We will have sitting/walking (outside, weather permitting)/ sitting meditation, a brief Dharma talk followed by Dharma sharing. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO PARKING ON THE STREET. (It has been re paved and the shoulders are just getting filled in but are incomplete) It will be lovely to be able to be together again...I hope you can come!
Last Saturday we had a meeting of our Care Taking Committee. It was lovely. The notes from that meeting are below. There are several suggestions for ways to support and strengthen the Sangha... and the need for more to become involved... I hope you will read the notes and perhaps discover ways you might support the Sangha. There are several interesting projects in the works. For example.....
JUNE 25TH DAY OF MINDFULNESS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to get together and enjoy each other. It will be held at the Providence Friends Meeting and should be a lot of fun. Click here for information. Please register now by emailing Janice Kissinger at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you can help with the day, please contact Janice.
SAVE THE DATE!!! There will be a Day of Mindfulness at the Land Trust in South Kingstown on Saturday, July 16th. Stopping, Calming, Resting and Healing....in a beautiful setting! This is the first one we will have in the summertime. The location is very near the beach. Please come and plan on spending the day...we will end at 4 PM ...bring a picnic supper for the beach afterward! A flyer (please share it with others) can be found at joannefriday.com Information and the registration form is here.
Also below you will find a thank you note for the sangha from Clare and a participant in the Nonviolence Potluck at URI.
And, as if that were not enough...also below you will find another note from our friend Dennis from the Brooklyn Sangha who sent us another link for a talk about Sangha from Thay. A deep bow of gratitude to Dennis. Enjoy!
Also movie recommendations from me....“Bill Cunningham: New York” and “I AM” both are beautiful examples of non-attachment and freedom.
I hope you can be with us for all of these events and in the meantime, I hope you will be placing yourself in the company of Bodhisattvas and enjoy every single moment!
with much love and the fragrance of brugmansia flowers perfuming a silent night for you,
CARE TAKING MEETING NOTES
We went around and shared what we enjoyed about the Sangha and how it was of benefit to us:
• I love being intentionally in a mindful loving community.
• Leaving my angers and concerns out there and coming in here to focus on kindness and the bell.
• Supports my practice in daily life. — Beginning Anew — Carrying the Trainings into the outer world
• Can’t think of a way it has not enhanced my life
• Being introduced to the Dharma
• Having Joanne’s presence and teachings
• I feel gratitude for the sangha — it has helped me to realize my real life.
• I love the Sangha!
Things that need strengthening:
• Everyone felt that they would like to see wider participation in our meetings for planning and serving the Sangha.
• Some would like to have tasks — Projects that we can work on together
• I think that separating it from Joanne is good. Having it in different locations has helped that
• Newcomers aren’t well informed as to how to get involved with Bell inviting, facilitation, dana, etc.
• Clear Heart is being reborn and needs TLC
• More teaching from Joanne... perhaps 1st and 3rd of the month meetings... with the meetings in between to be for practicing?
Suggestions for meeting these needs...
• Instruction on inviting the bell....that will happen on Sunday and you can go to youtube and type in Bells of Mindfulness or use this link www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6aYE3irqFQ to see Sister Dang Nghiem offer bell instruction.
• Instruction on facilitation...that will happen tomorrow.
• announcement needs to be made at each meeting explaining dana
• Clare will create a handout to explain our basic practices to newcomers.
• In terms of sangha projects, Carol announced that she was organizing some food for the potluck that Clare had
announced for those attending the nonviolence conference at URI..She would be making frittatas for 80 and asked for some help - Sue and I couldn’t resist and volunteered....It was fun! More projects like this for the Sangha would be wonderful!
• Ann Moore is interested in organizing a 5 day retreat for the sangha and is looking for helpers.
• Ivan is creating a blog for the Sangha so that we can all communicate with each other and organize projects for group participation! Thank you Ivan!!!
• Radiant Bell is organizing a Day of Mindfulness for the Land Trust on July 16th information below and at joannefriday.com
•East Side Sangha is organizing a Day of Mindfulness for Families and Individuals on June 25th..information below and at joannefriday.com
•Perhaps have mini days of mindfulness ...until 12 noon> which could be at individuals home and open to all