Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Mt. Rainier from Above


Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and happy and enjoying this snowy morning . . . 60 degrees yesterday and snow today . . . it helps us to practice "don't know mind"! You might have looked at the above photo and thought you were having a deja vu. I last sent it prior to our fourth Sunday of January meeting when snow had been predicted. Here we are at the fourth Sunday of February . . . and are hoping that the snow we had this morning is it for the weekend! It was very beautiful, though!

So barring any storms, there will be a meeting Sunday evening at 6 PM at the home of Robert and Monica. If it does snow and you want to check on the situation you can call the Van Horns at 401-871-1838. If conditions are sufficient for that meeting to take place . . . the directions to the Van Horn's can be found below.

Our movie night was such a delight. Deep gratitude to Claudia Smith for donating her equipment and expertise to create conditions for all of us to enjoy it!

Art and Clare have sent some information about a documentary film being shown at URI on March 6 at 7:30 PM. It sheds light on oppression of the people of the Bahá’i faith in Iran, who are being denied an education. All the information is below.

Also please consider joining the sangha for a five day retreat in May.

A HEART AS WIDE AS THE SKY Finding freedom, fearlessness and joy in uncertain times A five-day retreat in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with Dharma Teacher Joanne Friday

May 18-22, 2012 • Camp Aldersgate, 1043 Snake Hill Road, North Scituate, RI 02857

That information and registration forms are available at http://joannefriday.com/calendar/

There will also be a Day of Mindfulness in Franklin, Mass on Saturday, April 14. The info is available at http://joannefriday.com/calendar/ also.

Remember that Thay's talks are available at pvom.org, and the teachings from the Deer Park monastics are available at deerparkmonastery.org under "teachings" then Moment by Moment.

It will be wonderful to be able to be together again whenever causes and conditions are sufficient. Until then, enjoy the snow!

with much love and the joy of not knowing for you, Joanne

Directions to and Parking for the Van Horn Home Address: 24 Mallory Lane Wakefield, RI 02879 Phone: 401-871-1838 From the North: Take US 1-S to RI-138 Turn right onto RI-138; drive for about 3.5 miles Turn left onto RI-108 S/Kingstown Rd.; drive for 2 miles. You will pass the SK police station, then later a pond, and the Pump House Restaurant on your right. Take the next left onto Rodman Street. (Street sign is hard to see; Dennis Moffit Painting is on the corner and the Peace Dale Mill is on the left.) You will pass the bike path and one stop sign. Mallory Lane will be on your left. Our house is the second on the left. See below for parking.

From the South/West: Take US-1/N past the Matunuck exits Take the Pond St. exit. (right after an exit for Post Rd.) Turn left onto Pond St. Continue until Pond dead ends onto Main. Turn right onto Main. Drive a short distance. Turn left onto High St. Drive past town hall. In about 0.6 mi, turn left onto Allen. At stop sign, turn right onto Rodman. Continue past one stop sign. Mallory Lane is on the right. Our house is the second on the left.

Parking: Our street is narrow, so we ask that you not part on the street. 3-4 cars will fit in our driveway. If there is no space left in the driveway, you can park on Jennifer Dr. Turn left back onto Rodman, and make a quick right onto Jennifer Dr. Thank you!!!


"Education Under Fire”

A Documentary Film Multicultural Center University of Rhode Island, Kingston Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Do you believe: •Education is a basic human right? •People are entitled to practice the religion of their choice?

Are you aware that: •Students of the Bahá'i faith are barred from higher education in Iran? •Professors who teach Bahá’is risk their careers and imprisonment?

View this compelling documentary of the resourceful Bahá'i community in Iran who, after being barred by their government in 1987 from studying in Iranian universities because of their faith, organized the Bahá'i Institute for Higher Learning (BIHE). The BIHE is a decentralized network of teachers delivering college level classes in kitchens and living rooms across Iran. It came under attack most recently in May 2011, when Iranian officials raided thirty Bahá'i homes and arrested over a dozen teachers and administrators. Those arrested were neither political nor religious leaders. They were lecturers in subjects like accounting and dentistry who, today, face the prospect of decades in prison. For more information visit http://www.educationunderfire.com/ and learn how individuals, such as many Nobel Peace Laureates and many communities around the world are focusing on these longstanding abuses of basic human rights. Do check out the above website and consider signing the online petition.

Everyone is welcome to this free event. Discussion will follow the 30-minute film. What can we as individuals, organizations, and educational communities do to help end these violations of the basic human right to education?

Sponsored by: URI’s Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, URI’s Multicultural Center, URI Chaplains Association, the South Kingstown Bahá'i community, URI – AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society), Amnesty International (URI), Interfaith Peace Community, URI Honors Program