Sangha Update - June 29

peach-yellow rose in full bloom

photo by Joanne Friday

For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them. —Thich Nhat Hanh

You are an ocean in a drop of dew, all the universes in a thin sack of blood!

What are these pleasures then, these joys, these worlds, that you keep reaching for, hoping they will make you more alive? —Rumi

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and delighting in your universes completely.

We can be delighted together this Sunday evening. It will be wonderful to be able to be with all of you again. This from Clare . . .

This Sunday, we will have our first Sunday sangha at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in the Lily Pads Complex in Peace Dale. We will have a dharma discussion on the second mindfulness training. Please read this training and observe how you personally attempt to practice it. Laura Dussault will share some thoughts, and we welcome everyone's mindful speech and deep listening in the dharma sharing. Looking forward to seeing all of you. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

The Second Mindfulness Training . . . True Happiness Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing, and oppression, I am committed to practicing generosity in my thinking, speaking, and acting. I am determined not to steal and not to possess anything that should belong to others; and I will share my time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need. I will practice looking deeply to see that the happiness and suffering of others are not separate from my own happiness and suffering; that true happiness is not possible without understanding and compassion; and that running after wealth, fame, power and sensual pleasures can bring much suffering and despair. I am aware that happiness depends on my mental attitude and not on external conditions, and that I can live happily in the present moment simply by remembering that I already have more than enough conditions to be happy. I am committed to practicing Right Livelihood so that I can help reduce the suffering of living beings on Earth and reverse the process of global warming.

PRAYER REQUEST FROM CLARE Please send a prayer request that both my mother and father come to understand the lyrics to our lovely song: "No coming, no going. No after, no before. I hold you close to me. I release you to be so free. Because I am in you, and you are in me."

Clare's mother is near the end of her life. Please keep her and all of her family in your prayers and in your heart. You can send love to Clare at clare2sartori@gmail.com.

An Order Member and Aspirant Gathering . . . will be held on July 15 from 2-4:30 p.m. This is open to all Order members, aspirants and anyone who is interested in learning more about our practice. This will be followed by a vegetarian supper at 4:30 and our regular midmonth meeting at 6 p.m. I hope you will be able to be with us.

The RI Community of Mindfulness is organizing a Day of Mindfulness—"Befriending the Beasts Within: Mindfulness Practices for Transforming Difficult Emotions"—to be held at the South Kingstown Land Trust. Thanks to the generosity of our anonymous benefactor, who is paying the rent for us, this day is open to anyone who would like to join us. You can find registration information for the day at http://joannefriday.com. The organizing team is asking for a donation of $10, if you can afford it, to cover other expenses. They are also requesting that anyone who is able, bring nonperishable food and/or pet food that we can donate to local organizations . . . start collecting now! This is a great way for our whole community to come together. I hope you can join us for a lovely day in a beautiful place with wonderful people.

SAVE THE DATE! for the RI COMMUNITY OF MINDFULNESS PICNIC! SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 AT COLT STATE PARK More info will follow. If you can, I hope you will plan on being with us to share good food, good music (if you play an instrument, please bring it along!) or bring a game, a poem or a story to share. We always have a great time. Bring children, parents, friends . . . anyone whom you think would enjoy the day!

The Cape Sangha is hosting its annual retreat at the Craigville Conference Center, September 6-9. Again, the info and registration form are available at http://joannefriday.com.

I hope that we will be able to be together on Sunday evening . . . and until then, enjoy!

with much love, many hugs and the lullaby of the crickets carried on a cool ocean breeze for you, Joanne