Summer Rain (Sangha Update and Prayer Requests - July 7)

clouds and rain over Jamestown, RI at sunsetphoto by Joanne Friday

sun breaking through clouds and rain over Jamestown, RI at sunsetphoto by Joanne Friday

When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment,  our understanding of what is going on deepens, and we begin to be filled with acceptance, joy, peace and love. —Thich Nhat Hanh

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well.  It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change. —Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

I hope that this finds you filled with acceptance, love and joy and enjoying every minute of this beautiful day.

CLEAR HEART SANGHAI am so happy that we will be gathering on Sunday evening at Carol Robinson’s home at 6 p.m. at 10 Wheatfield Cove Road in the Harbor Island section of Narragansett. We will have sitting/walking outdoors as the sun sets on the beautiful Salt Pond and sharing the Dharma. The focus of these meetings has been Thay’s book on anger. I hope you will be able to be with us. Directions are below.

PRAYER REQUESTS Please hold our dear friend Linda Lamont and her family in your prayers and meditations. Her father passed last week.  You can send love to her at or to 550 Lafayette Rd. North Kingstown, RI  02852

Also, please continue to hold Clare and her family in your prayers. Her mother is dying, and Clare asks that we pray for her peaceful release. You can send love to her at or to 680 Curtis Corner Rd. Wakefield, RI 02879

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 potluck supper at 4:30 and our regular midmonth meeting at 6 p.m. I hope you will be able to be with us.

MIND TAMERSThere will be a meeting this coming Tuesday evening at 6:30 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in West Barrington, RI. We will have sitting/walking/sitting, a short talk and Dharma Sharing. It is always wonderful to come together to practice. I hope you can be with us.

PRAYER REQUESTPlease keep our dear friend Dania Whitaker in your prayers and in your hearts as she continues to heal and get stronger after her car accident and subsequent surgery. Send love and encouragement at . . .

CLEAR PATH SANGHAThere will be a gathering this coming Wednesday at Westminster Unitarian Church on Kenyon Ave in East Greenwich at 6 p.m. We will have sitting/walking/sitting, a short talk on the next few steps in the Eight Fold Path – the steps into freedom.  It will be lovely to be together again.

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 register and find information for the day at The organizing team is asking for a donation of $10, if you can afford it, to cover other expenses. But pre-registration is necessary, so that the planning team can organize the day, so please register as soon as you can.  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 at noon to share great vegetarian 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.  I just learned today that there are only 10 spaces left . . . so if you would like to join us please register soon! Again, the info and registration form are available at

Adria sent a link for a very interesting talk given at the Ghandi Institute on how to create peace by a man who is an Iraq war veteran and graduate of West Point . . . information and the link are below.

We have lots of opportunities to enjoy each other and practice being joyfully together! I hope you will be able to be with us for some or all of them! In the meantime, remember . . . there is no time like the present!

with much love, many hugs and the laughter of children enjoying the freedom of summertime for you, Joanne

DIRECTIONS TO CAROL’S: 10 Wheatfield Cove Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882 From 108 South, go past the Salt Pond Shopping Center . . . Stop and Shop at light. Turn right onto Foddering Farm Road. Slight right onto Harbour Island Road. Turn right onto Oak Hill Road. Take the first left onto Wheatfield Cove Road. Carol's house will be on the right. There is limited parking at Carol’s, but you can park on Oak Hill Road and walk down . . . now that the days are short you might like to bring a flashlight?

"Peaceful Revolution: How We Can Create the Future Needed for Humanity's Survival," talk by Paul Chappell at the M. K. Gandhi Institute To listen to the talk, please visit  (Click "WATCH" on the right.)

Iraq War veteran Paul Chappell lays out a plan to create a more peaceful world. This talk was hosted by the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Rochester, New York.

Paul Chappell is a graduate of West Point and an Iraq War veteran. He currently serves as Peace Leadership Director at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Mr. Chappell is the author of Will War Ever End? and The End of War. For more information, please visit: