Sangha Update and Help Needed - October 12

harbor with boats near sunset half shrouded in in cumulus clouds, half bright with setting sun Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice . . . No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.

Many people are alive but don't touch the miracle of being alive.

It is possible to live happily in the here and now. So many conditions of happiness are available— more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don't have to run into the future in order to get more. —Thich Nhat Hanh

When we can choose where to place our minds, we can see the sunshine in the rain clouds . . .

or . . . to paraphrase the Temptations . . .

I've got sunshine on a cloudy day When it's cold outside I've got the month of May I guess you'd say What can make me feel this way? My Mind . . .

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and happy and choosing to place your mind in wonderful places!

There will be a gathering this Sunday at 6 PM at Clare's home. She will facilitate, and the focus of the meeting will be Thay's book, Anger, and the chapter will be on mindful breathing. She has asked you to RSVP if you plan to attend. She is at clare2sartori@ or . . . 401 741 6846.

There will be an OI/aspirant gathering at the Bell Street Chapel in Providence on Saturday, October 20, at 9:45 right after the meeting of the Radiant Bell Sangha which meets from 8-9:30 AM. There will be a recitation ceremony for the 14 Mindfulness Trainings, followed by a Dharma sharing. Ann will facilitate . . . and the meeting is open to Aspirants, Order members, and anyone who is interested in learning more about our practice.


Cindy West is healing well from her surgery. Please continue to hold her in your hearts and prayers.


The website Bodhisattvas who create and take care of are looking for other Bodhisattvas who might be able, at some point, to help with editing the audio tapes of some of the Dharma talks which I have given. If you have had some experience with sound editing computer programs and would like to help, please contact Shana at (Please mention "audio help" in the subject line.)

Ann is looking for those who would like to be on a call list for helping when those in the Clear Heart Sangha need help. You can contact her at

Saturday, October 27, there will be a Day of Mindfulness in West Hartford with the West Hartford Sangha. I hope that some of you will be able to be with us. It is always lovely for all of us to have the support of the sangha. For more information, please visit

with much love, many hugs and the freedom of a raindrop flying through an autumn sky for you, Joanne

On October 17, Nancy Worthen, who attends the Generations Sangha with her daughter who has suffered with a stroke, will be giving a presentation . . . She sent the invitation below to the The Brain Cafe, sponsored by the Everett Dance Theater. For more information, please contact

Nancy Worthen, The Brain Cafe, October 17, 2012, 7 PM, Studio 1, Granoff Center, Brown University,, 401-831-9479