A Rose in Winter

A deep bow to all who have been working together to create conditions for us to come together. It should be wonderful!

“I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.” — Georgia O’Keeffe

“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” — Buddha

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and happy and seeing miracles everywhere.

CLEAR HEART UPDATE We will be meeting on Sunday evening at 6 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County at the Lily Pads- 27 North Rd in Peace Dale. We will have our sitting, Clare will offer some of the practices offered in The Miracle of Mindfulness and we will have a Dharma sharing...I hope you will be able to be with us.

RHODE ISLAND RETREAT REGISTRATION OPEN! Registration for the RI Community of Mindfulness Retreat - A Heart as Wide as the Sky: Finding Freedom, Fearlessness and Joy in Uncertain Times.... May 18-22 is now open!!!!!!!!!!! A deep bow for all of those who have worked together to create conditions for us to come together. See Ann Moore's letter below for more information. You can download the registration form here: PDF format: RI-retreat.pdf DOC format: RI-retreat.doc

SAVE THE DATE We will have our first Sangha movie night on the third Sunday of February...the 19th at our home! Our technical Bodhisattva, Claudia Smith, has the equipment and expertise to enable us to show the film, I AM! A deep bow of gratitude to Claudia! We will have a vegetarian potluck at 4 PM and this will be followed by a sit, the film and a discussion at 6PM. I hope that you will all be able to be with us. It will be very interesting to view the film through the lens of the Buddha’s teachings!

NO GENERATIONS SANGHA THIS MONTH! The Westminster Church is not available this month so the next meeting of the Generations Sangha will be March 10. I hope you will all be able to come!

with much love and the clarity of a bright winter moon for you, Joanne

Ann sent us the following information about registration....

Dear Sangha Friends, The RI Community of Mindfulness Retreat (Heart as Wide as the Sky: Finding Freedom, Fearlessness and Joy in Uncertain Times, May 18-22), is now accepting registrants.  This retreat is going to be a wonderful opportunity to practice together as a community, to get to know our sangha family better, and most importantly to get to know ourselves better, identify possible sources of suffering and transform our suffering into joy! May should be glorious (hopefully winter will not just be waking up then), the setting is wooded, and Adria tells me that the moon will be new, making the stars their very brightest. The registration team has searched extensively to find a suitable site at an affordable price, and our teacher (Joanne) is the best. There is a registration cap of 57, and we already have a waiting list of mahasangha (i.e. Connecticut and Massachusetts) members who want to register, all of which means, that if you are interested in being part of this retreat, it is important that you get your registration in as soon as you possibly can. We would love for all our RI family who wish to, be able to attend , and neither our registrar Gary nor I wishes to have to disappoint any sangha family members. Namaste and love, Ann