Thay's Birthday & Clear Heart Update

Thay’s Birthday is the week after next.If we would like to give him a gift he asks that we send him a commitment to deepen our practice in some small way.

If you would like to do this, you can send him a Continuation Day card with your promise to:

The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh Blue Cliff Monastery 3 Mindfulness Rd. Pine Bush, NY 12566

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying this peaceful evening. We had a wonderful day at the Sangha Picnic at Colt State Park. A beautiful place, wonderful people, luscious food and really lovely sharing…from a reading on happiness from the Dhammapada...to dancing to French Canadian fiddle playing…and a good game of bocce. We were happy to see all of the Sanghas represented and very happy to see so many couples from our Family Day of Mindfulness last summer with lots of beautiful children. It was fun! Thank you to all of the Mind Tamers for hosting it and to all who attended. It was a wonderful co-creation!

I am not going to have access to a computer for a while, so this is a reminder for the next two weeks.

Elsa update I spent some time with Elsa and her husband yesterday. She is presently in Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is waiting to see if the chemo she received last week is working before they decide on next steps. We did a guided meditation and Elsa said she has missed the Sangha and asked me to send you all her love and gratitude for holding her in your prayers. Once a plan is in place and we know where she will be, she would love to have company to sit with her. If you are interested in doing this, please contact Clare at clare2sartori@gmail.com. And a deep bow of gratitude to Clare for all she has done to coordinate help in this situation which has been ever changing.

Upcoming Clear Heart Meetings October 2 at 6 p.m. at the UU Church at the Lily Pads in Peace Dale. Here is the link for directions: http://www.uusouthcountyri.org/directions.html. Clare will be facilitating the meeting and the discussion of the next section of The Miracle of Mindfulness which is focused on some wonderful Mindfulness Practices that Thay has offered us. I hope that you will be able to attend. We are looking for someone to host this meeting going forward…and if you are able to help with facilitation or the bell, please contact Tina at tjc.otters@yahoo.com October 9 meeting will be at Carol Robinson’s - 10 Wheatfield Cove Rd, Harbor Island, Narragansett. There will be sitting, walking sitting — in a glorious setting — and an opportunity to choose a new book as the focus of the meetings. If you can help with facilitation, the bell or refreshments for these second Sunday meetings, please contact Eva at dorandecker@gmail.com. October 16 we will have our third Sunday meeting at our home at 6 p.m. October 23 the meeting will be at Robert and Monica’s once again. We had a lovely gathering there last week. A deep bow to them for hosting.

I have been invited to offer a Day of Mindfulness in Brunswick, Maine on the Saturday, October 29: Being at Peace in a Turbulent World: Cultivating our Fearlessness. For registration and information, download their flyer here: Brunswick-Maine-DOM-10-29-11 or on the calendar page. We will be looking at ways to practice transforming our fear, frustration and anger to be peace so we can engage in effective action for change.

I have also been invited to offer a Day of Mindfulness in West Hartford, Connecticut on November 5. More info will follow. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact: Bill Williams at 860-561-3563 — billwaw@comcast.net or Lynn Swanson at 860-677-7011 — lswanson01@gmail.com

A special thank you to Ann and all of the cookie baking bodhisattvas: Monica, Clare, Jennifer, and Chris for providing cookies for Thay’s Blue Cliff Retreat!

I hope we’ll be together soon...and in the meantime, enjoy every moment.

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