We Have Arrived, We Are Home!

white brugmansia lining stone walkway in dusky lightWe have arrived, We are home!

Come back to the present moment, do not allow the future to occupy all our energy and time. That is a very important principle from Buddhism. To come back is not easy, because we have the habit energy of running towards the future. Stopping that momentum, coming back to each step, to each breath — that is the basic practice. By living each moment of daily life, living in a way that is deep and free, we can be in touch with the wonders of life. —Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying every single moment completely in touch with the wonders of life.

A big thank you to all of you who came out to join us for the Peace Walk at WaterFire. It was very beautiful to feel the energy generated by being a river of peace among the WaterFire crowds and to hear prayers for peace from all different faith traditions. I know that it is asking a lot to brave the crowds and be patient with the time taken to organize us all . . . and . . . we are making a powerful statement when we have hundreds of people being peace. Thank you again.

Also, this was simply the kick off for the "Month of Peace." It has been wonderful to watch the evolution of this event . . . Ginny Fox of the Peace Flag Project started the observation of the International Day of Peace in Providence in 2005. Because of her tireless dedication this has now evolved into a Month of Peace, and there are now many wonderful events happening all month! There will be an art exhibit which will be showing some of our members work . . . more info will follow . . . not long ago I sent a link to a wonderful lecture by Paul Chappell, a West Point grad and Iraq veteran who has started a Peace Institute. He is a wonderful speaker and will be at URI on the September 20th and in Bristol on the 21st. (More info below) and for information about all of the great opportunities, please go to

http://thepeaceflagproject.org/.

There will be another opportunity . . . there will be a silent peace walk through Central Park in NYC on October 7 led by Jack Kornfield! For those of you that will be there, we will post more info in the next update.

Our next Sangha gathering will be at Carol Robinson's on Sunday evening at 6 PM. This will be the last meeting at Carol's as she has sold her home! We want to offer a deep bow of gratitude to her for sharing her lovely space with us for so long. It has been a total delight to practice there. There will be sitting/walking and sitting, and Thay's book Anger will be the ground for the Dharma sharing. I hope you will be able to be at the gathering and help us to thank Carol and wish her all the best. Directions are below.

Clare has generously offered her home for future second Sunday of the month meetings. Thank you, Clare!

Clare will also be facilitating our next Order Member and Aspirant Gathering. Robert has generously offered the Bell Street Chapel for our meeting. It will take place on Saturday, September 15, right after the morning sitting of the Radiant Bell Sangha. It is open to all Order members, aspirants and anyone who is interested in learning more about our Order and our practice. The Sangha will meet from 8-9:45 AM. The OI/aspirant meeting will take place right afterward and end at 12 noon. I hope you will be able to be with us.

SAVE THE DATE!!!!!! CLEAR HEART SANGHA TURNS 20! On Sunday the 16th of September, the Clear Heart Sangha will celebrate it's 20 year continuation day! You have all made that possible and I am so moved by all that you have done to co-create a beloved community. I hope that you will all be able to be here to celebrate!

Please Come!!!! We will have a Day of Mindfulness at the South Kingstown Land Trust on Saturday the 29th of September from 10-2 PM for people of all ages. If you know of folks with children, have some of your own, have some grandchildren . . . encourage them to join us. It should be a lovely day. You can get all of the info and registration forms at http://joannefriday.com/calendar.

Also, please join us for a weekend retreat on October 12 – 14, 2012 New London Community of Mindfulness Retreat: Riding the Waves of Change Fearlessly: Maintaining Our Balance in Turbulent Times Woodstock, Connecticut This is a lovely place to be together. Again, our sangha has a scholarship fund . . . If you would like to attend, but are in need of financial assistance, please contact Ann at goldmoore41@gmail.com.

Please also remember that we have access to Thay's wonderful teachings at pvom.org . . . and that wonderful teachings, practices and all the info about of the upcoming events are available at http://bluecliffmonastery.org/.

I hope you will be able to join us for all of the above! And in the meantime, may you be peace.

with much love and the miracle of a brand new day for you, Joanne

Paul Chappell of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, will be in RI on September 20th and 21st. On the 20th, he will be at the University of Rhode Island, where he will offer a book talk and signing at noon and a second talk at 7:30 PM on the topic "Why World Peace is Possible and How We Can Achieve It." Both talks are sponsored by the Center for Non-Violence and Peace Studies at URI. Please visit their website for more details. For questions, please contact nonviolence@etal.uri.edu. On the 21st, he will give another talk entitled “Why World Peace Is Possible." This talk will take place at 7 PM at the Bristol Statehouse, 240 High Street, Bristol, RI, and is sponsored in part by East Bay Citizens for Peace. Please visit their website for more information. For questions, please call 401-247-9738 or email steeringcommittee@eastbaycitzens4peace.org. Both talks are open to the public and are offered in remembrance of the UN World Peace Day on the 21st. Captain Chappell was educated at West Point and subsequently deployed to Iraq, where he underwent a transformation into a peace activist, when he realized that the invasion of Iraq would not lead to peace, which is why he was there.

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?