Sangha Update - May 25

"If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change."  The Buddha Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and happy and enjoying this beautiful day. I am just back from the retreat at Camp Aldersgate and want to thank all of the bodhisattvas who created conditions for us to come together. It was a delight to be with everyone in a beautiful setting right here in RI and to hear about the transformation and healing that some experienced. A special thank you to Ann Moore who, having been to retreats in other places where I have been invited to facilitate, was inspired to bring the same experience to RI. The care and concern and love that Ann and everyone else on the planning team gave to every aspect of the gathering made it truly wonderful.

There will be a sangha gathering at Robert and Monica Van Horn's on Sunday evening (May 27) at 6 PM. Directions and contact information are below. Please mark your calendar so that you will know that there will be no meeting at their home on the fourth Sunday in June, the 24th.

On June 3rd at 6:00 p.m. the Sangha will be gathering at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County in Peace Dale.  Clare will be facilitating and  will be focusing on the first of the five mindfulness trainings as the ground of our dharma discussion.

I also just received and announcement today that registration is open for the Cape Sangha Retreat in September. (Information below.) They have decided to make the retreat a day will run from Sept 6-9. It is in a beautiful place and is always a lovely gathering. I hope that some of you will be able to join us there.

Clare has sent us information and a request from those offering the Nonviolence Training this summer at URI. Please see below.

I apologize for being out of touch....I have only been home three days in the past 5 father has improved quite a bit. Thank you for all of your prayers.

I hope that our paths will connect very soon and in the meantime, I hope that you will be stopping, calming, resting and healing and enjoying all the wonders of life.

with much love and the miracle of a single flower for you,



Cape Sangha’s 15th Anniversary Meditation Retreat

in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn

Sitting In An Autumn Breeze

Led by Joanne Friday

This year in response to last year’s requests, the retreat will be 4 days and 3 nights,  September 6 – 9, 2012.

The retreat will include sitting meditation, walking meditation, dharma talks, and mindful dharma discussion with Joanne Friday. Most of the retreat will be experienced in noble silence. Three vegetarian meals a day will be enjoyed in silence. Once your registration is received, more information will be sent regarding what to bring and daily activities.  Retreatants may arrive as early as 3:00 PM on Sept. 6 and no later than 5:00 PM. First activity is at 5:30 PM.

Craigville Conference Center, located on a bluff overlooking Nantucket Sound and Craigville Beach, is a compound of rustic cedar shingled buildings dating back to the early 1900s. The two-story building called The Inn will be the location for the retreat; meals will be shared in its lower level. Rooms will be assigned as registrations are received. Register early to confirm a space. Please note we cannot guarantee single rooms.

We are very fortunate that Joanne Friday has again agreed to lead us all towards a deeper understanding of what our meditation practice can be.

( Residential Retreat Attendance $350.00

( Commuter Retreat Attendance $250.00

Please make check or money order payable to Cape Sangha and mail to:  Dharma Sister: Jean Begg, 11 Hamilton Court, East Sandwich, MA 02537 Phone: (508)833-0199 Email or

Dharma Sister: Nancy Wilder at who both will be happy to answer any questions.

The Inn is located at: Craigville Conference Center, 39 Prospect Avenue, Craigville, MA 02632 ___________________________________________________________


From Paul DeMesquita, Director of URI's Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies concerning the upcoming Summer Institute for Nonviolence: "I am wanting to contact you to inquire if the Sangha Community is interested in hosting the Pot Luck Dinner again this year. It was a very successful and special part of the Institute last year and we were so grateful for the Sangha's kind and generous efforts to provide a meal for all of us." There will be a

dinner program on Monday June 11th, If anyone is interested in coordinating volunteers to provide food for this event, please contact Clare at It would involve asking people to bring various dishes and following up with them. Everyone is also welcome to attend the meal and evening program. It is quite inspirational to learn their efforts internationally in the field of nonviolence.


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!!!