Sangha Update - August 10

pale lotuses in bloomphoto by Joanne Friday

When we make good use of the mud, we become a beautiful family of lotus blossoms!

If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now. And when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong. ― Masaru Emoto

Love like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy. But sometimes under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots keeping itself alive. ― Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and happy, blooming beautifully and keeping your love alive. I also hope that you all weathered the storm and are safe and dry!

CLEAR HEART SANGHA – There will be a gathering this Sunday evening at 6PM at Carol Robinson’s home. Directions are below. There will be a sitting and walking meditation (outdoors in one of the more beautiful spots on the planet!) followed by Carol sharing a synopsis of Chapter 8 in Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, Anger. This will be followed by a Dharma sharing. It is not necessary for you to have read the chapter for you to attend . . . as the facilitator will give an overview. I hope you will be able to be with us after the picnic . . .

SANGHA PICNIC THIS SUNDAY AT COLT STATE PARK AT NOON!!!!!!!!!!! Bring a vegetarian dish to share, bring a friend, bring your family, bring a song, poem, instrument, story and/or a game to share! Bring your sweet selves and we will enjoy every minute of our annual picnic. I have included a copy of the flyer below . . . a better image is available at http://joannefriday.com/calendar/a special thank you to Kristen Morelli's daughter, Haley for providing the artwork for the flyer!

ORDER MEMBER AND ASPIRANT MEETING SATURDAY, AUGUST 18 AT THE BELL STREET CHAPEL in Providence. It will take place following the morning meeting of the Radiant Bell Sangha . . . at the Bell Street Chapel, and Robert Rosa will host it. The Sangha meeting is held from 8-9:30 AM.  Directions can be found at http://www.bellstreetchapel.org/directions-parking/. You are all invited to the sitting, . . . and if you are coming just for the OI/Aspirant gathering, please arrive around 9:30 or so . . . We would like to begin our meeting at 9:45 and end at noon. We will have a Recitation Ceremony for the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings . . . followed by Dharma Sharing focusing on our practice. This meeting is open to Order members, aspirants and anyone who is interested in learning more about our Order and the practice.

MIND TAMERS SANGHA - will meet this coming Tuesday at 6:30 at St. Matthew's Church in West Barrington. We will have a sitting/walking/sitting meditation, continue to study the revised version of the Fourteen Trainings . . . and free ourselves up! I hope you will be able to be with us.

WATERFIRE PEACE WALK TO BEGIN THE MONTH OF PEACE! There will be a Peace Walk again this year at WaterFire on Saturday, September 1. We will gather to do walking meditation and create a river of peace through the crowds of WaterFire. This is followed by prayers being offered by representatives of all of the local faith traditions. I hope you will join us if you are able. It is so wonderful to have a good solid core of folks who are experienced with the practice. Ginny Fox of the Peace Flag Project is organizing the event once again and is looking for volunteers to help at the walk. If you can help out, you can contact her at ginfox32@yahoo.com.

SAVE THE DATE!!!!!!!! SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 DAY OF MINDFULNESS FOR ALL AGES . . . at the South Kingstown Land Trust 9:30AM-2 PM. The registration and information will be posted at joannefriday.com/calendar. Jennifer has volunteered to be the coordinator for the day and will need lots of help. If you can help out you can contact her at jennifercawley@gmail.com.

OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS AND DATES TO SAVE! October 12-14 - Retreat at Senexet House in Putnam, CT October 27 - Day of Mindfulness in West Hartford, CT

We are so fortunate to have so many opportunities to practice together and enjoy each other! Also remember that wonderful Dharma talks by Thich Nhat Hanh are available at pvom.org

with much love, many hugs and the deep peace of the calm afer the storm for you, Joanne

P.S. If, in the future, you do not receive one of these emails and wonder when our meetings are, you can find copies of these updates at joannefriday.com/about-2/. P.P.S. THERE WILL BE NO MEETING OF THE CLEAR HEART SANGHA ON SEPTEMBER 2!!!!

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 . . . you might like to bring a flashlight?