Clear Heart Sangha Update

“It is not about ‘doing’ something, it’s about ‘being’ something - being peace, being hope, being solid — every action will come out of that, because peace, solidity and freedom always seek to express themselves in action.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you having weathered the storm and being peace, hope and solidity!

We enjoyed the Vancouver Retreat very much. We would love to share what we have learned with you.

We hope that you can be with us Sunday evening at the Unitarian Universalist church at 6 p.m. at the Lily Pads Complex in Peace Dale directions at www.uusouthcountyri.org . We will have our sitting and recitation of the Trainings. I will be facilitating a discussion of Chapter 7 in the Miracle of Mindfulness. It is a teaching story by Tolstoy whom Thay calls a Bodhisattva! This book is so rich. It contains so many gems. This is the last formal chapter in the book. The next half of the book is focused on Exercises in Mindfulness and a Selection of the Sutras. Limitless opportunities for deepening our practice! I hope you will be able to join us on Sunday.

It is so wonderful to be back in RI — storms and all — and to have electricity! We just had it restored this evening, so we were without electricity or phone for 6 days. We had also been evacuated and wanted to thank all of you who offered us refuge from the storm.I just opened an email from our dear friend David Floyd urging everyone to help in any way they can. I am sorry that I did not have access to the computer before now so that I could have gotten that to you in a more timely fashion. If you have tried to reach me in vain, my deepest apologies for the inconvenience.

I hope that you will be able to join us for all of the above. It will be a delight to be able to be with you again. Until then, enjoy your moments!

with much love, many hugs and the wink of an eyelash moon for you, Joanne

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PRAYER REQUESTS Please keep Adria and her family in your prayers and in your hearts. As you know Adria has been dealing with her own health challenges....then a week ago, her mother died. It seems that she had a very peaceful passing. This being the seventh day, it is very helpful to hold her in your meditations. You can send your love and condolences to Adria via email (that is what she prefers) adria@uri.edu.

Good News! Elsa was sent to rehab from Dana Farber. She has gotten over the pneumonia and is getting stronger so that she can continue her chemotherapy. Please keep Elsa and her whole family in your prayers and in your hearts. 30 Heritage Dr. Kingston, RI 02881.

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SAVE THE DATES

September 24 Silent Walking Meditation to commemorate the International Day of Peace and to begin Waterfire....We will congregate at the basin in Waterplace Park at 6:30 PM for the walk to begin at 7:30. I hope you will be able to join us. To walk in silence and be peace can be very powerful. “It is not about ‘doing’ something, it’s about ‘being’ something — being peace, being hope, being solid — every action will come out of that, because peace, solidity and freedom always seek to express themselves in action.” Lets take action together!

October 1 The Mind Tamers are hosting their annual picnic at Colt State Park. It is an opportunity for all of the Sanghas and all practitioners to come together to enjoy each other. More details to come! A deep bow of gratitude to the Mind Tamers for organizing this beautiful event!

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DHARMA TALKS BY THICH NHAT HANH

Talks of Thays are available at Plum Village Online Monastery: pvom.org Information about the retreats and Days of Mindfulness he is offering are available at tnhtour.org.

A Day of Mindfulness at Blue Cliff in October is by donation. If you want to attend an event, but need financial help, we have a small scholarship fund.

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MONASTIC TRAINING

If you know of any young people who might be interested in being monastics, the following information is from Blue Cliff Monastery. They have a new program for those wishing to lead a monastic life for 5 years:

The Community of monastics at Blue Cliff Monastery would like to announce the opening of the door for monastic training. We will be offering both Monastic for Life training as well as the Five-Year Program. Monastic for Life training is for those who have the aspiration to dedicate their life to the monastic practice of self-cultivation and service in a community setting. The newly developed Five-Year Program is for those between the ages of 17 and 32 who wish to experience the benefit of monastic training over a period of five years.

For more information on monastic life go to bluecliffmonastery.org and click on “Monastic Life” on the sidebar.