What is so rare as a day in March?
Sit quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself. —Zen saying
An optimist is the human personification of spring. —Susan J. Bissonette
Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. —Rainer Maria Rilke
Spring—an experience in immortality. —Henry D. Thoreau
I hope you are well and happy and enjoying the coming on of springtime and these bright cloud filled days and glorious full moon nights. Can you tell that I have spring fever?
I will be out of touch with a computer for a bit . . . so this is the calendar through the 18th of March! There are so many opportunities to practice! (If you lose this . . . it will be posted at joannefriday.com thanks to Ellen!)
Tomorrow . . . Saturday, March 10, the Generations Sangha will be meeting at Westminster Unitarian Church on Kenyon Avenue in East Greenwich from 10 - 11:30. If you know of folks with children who might enjoy being mindfully together . . . please let them know. Also if you are able to join us, please do . . . it is so important to support young families and children . . . the more experienced practitioners we have the more solid the energy of mindfulness will be. If you can spare an hour and a half . . . please join us.
Sunday, March 11 . . . the Clear Heart Sangha will be meeting at Carol Robinson's home at 6 PM at 10 Wheatfield Cove Road in the Harbor Island section of Narragansett. Information below. This meeting will include a beautiful sunset (weather permitting), sitting meditation and a Dharma sharing about the book Anger.
Tuesday, March 13 . . . the Mind Tamers will be meeting at 6:30 at St. Matthew's Church in West Barrington. Sitting/walking/sitting followed by a Dharma sharing.
Wednesday, March 14 . . . the Clear Path Sangha will be meeting at 6:00 at the Westminster Unitarian Church on Kenyon Avenue in East Greenwich.
This meeting will include sitting/walking/sitting, listening to a teaching from the Deer Park winter retreat, and a Dharma sharing.
Saturday, March 17 . . . the OI/Aspirant meeting from 10:30-1:30 will be hosted by Clare Sartori at her home at 680 Curtis Corner Road S. Kingstown, RI 02879 For more info or directions, you can contact her at 401-783-0662 or firstname.lastname@example.org This will follow the usual format of a Recitation Ceremony for the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings, a Dharma sharing, and sharing a vegetarian potluck lunch.
Sunday, March 18 . . . the Clear Heart Sangha will be meeting at 6 PM at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Road in Wakefield.
Don't forget to register for the RI Community of Mindfulness Retreat to be held at Camp Aldersgate in North Scituate, May 22-28. A great opportunity for us to be joyfully together and deepen our practice. Thanks to all of the folks from all of the sanghas who have been working together so beautifully to create conditions for us to come together.
Ellen created this beautiful flyer . . . Thank you, Ellen . . . pass it on to anyone you think might benefit . . . and all of the info and registration forms are available at http://joannefriday.com/calendar/
One of our members recently visited the camp and sent this . . . "I think it will be a lovely spot for us--lots of big windows overlooking the lake and tall pines, lots of spots outside for warming up with a fire, trails for walking meditation." Sounds wonderful! I hope you can join us.
Also, Jennifer has posted two more of the Dharma talks I have given on the site at http://joannefriday.com/dharma-teaching/audio/. There is also a daffodil meditation . . . in honor of springtime! A deep bow of gratitude to Jennifer and all of the time she has given to making these things available. Enjoy!
Also, SAVE THE DATE!!!!! There will be a Vesak celebration for all of the Buddhist groups in RI . . . April 28 from 10-12 at the First Unitarian Church on Benefit Street in Providence. It should be lovely!
I hope that you will be able to enjoy some or all of these gatherings . . . and until we meet again . . . Enjoy every single moment!
with much love, many hugs and the joy of the woodcock's mating dance for you . . . (yes they are back!!!!!!), Joanne
DIRECTIONS TO CAROL’S: 10 Wheatfield Cove Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882 401-789-8757
From 108 South, go past the Salt Pond Shopping Center..(Stop and Shop) at light. Turn right onto Foddering Farm Rd. Slight right onto Harbour Island Rd. Turn right onto Oak Hill Rd. Take the 1st left onto Wheatfield Cove Rd. Destination will be on the right.
There is limited parking at Carol’s, but you can park on Oak Hill Rd and walk down . . . now that the days are short you might like a flashlight?