2-22-13 Sangha Update

Wonderful Valentine sculpture from our friend Bruce Nichols*(see below)

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”


Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you happy and healthy and transforming any of those barriers so that you can be in love!

This is a reminder that there will be a gathering this Sunday evening at 6 PM at the Van Horn home...the directions and contact info are below. There will be sitting/walking and sharing the Dharma. I hope you will be able to attend.

I hope that you enjoyed the Winter Retreat teachings from Deer Park Monastery. They are all still posted, so if you missed them, they are still available for you. It has been wonderful to hear about all the ways people from all over have been benefiting from them. If you would like to access them, go to deerparkmonastery.org, click on "teachings" then click on "Ten Gates". Enjoy!

The RI Community of Mindfulness is planning another five day retreat at Camp Aldersgate in North Scituate for May 17-21. If you are interested in helping with the retreat, please contact Ann Moore at goldmoore41@gmail.com. I hope you will be able to join us there. It is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our practice together.

From the monastics at Blue Cliff Monastery....

Dear Sangha Members,

We have have just begun an extensive renovation project, the Golden Lotus building. Attached is flyer with information about the project. It is a worthwhile project - the first wheelchair accessible residence.

Be well

The Community at Blue Cliff

You can get information about the project and how you can help at bluecliffmonastery.org

I am also enclosing an announcement from the London Wake Up group about the U N International Day of Happiness on March 20th. There is a link to a lovely video. Let's share our happiness....Let's Celebrate! Bring any ideas you have to the Sangha!

Of course we don't have to wait...we can share our happiness now!

with much love, many hugs and the deep peace of a crisp winter night for you,



International Day of Happiness - March 20th - Lets do something together!

Dear Wake Up friends,

On June 28th 2012, the UN adopted the consensus of adopting March 20th as the International Day of Happiness.

I'd like to invite the entire global Wake Up community to do something to celebrate this day of happiness!

Wake Up London will be doing something along the lines of a meditation flash mob and/or displaying feel good, positive messages in public (see our promo video: https://vimeo.com/48799234). But you can all be creative and do what you feel like doing as a sangha - just as long as we're connected and doing something together for this day.

Who wants to join in and celebrate too? This would be a wonderful opportunity to unite together as a global community and promote the benefits of our practice to the world.

You can read more about the UN's International Day of Happiness here: http://www.prweb.com/releases/Internationaldayof/happiness/prweb9652737.htm

Happiness is here and now,

Elina Wake Up London


Directions to and Parking for the Van Horn Home Address: 24 Mallory Lane Wakefield, RI 02879 Phone: 401-871-1838

From the North: Take US 1-S to RI-138 Turn right onto RI-138; drive for about 3.5 miles Turn left onto RI-108 S/Kingstown Rd.; drive for 2 miles. You will pass the SK police station, then later a pond, and the Pump House Restaurant on your right. Take the next left onto Rodman Street. (Street sign is hard to see; Dennis Moffit Painting is on the corner and the Peace Dale Mill is on the left.) You will pass the bike path and one stop sign. Mallory Lane will be on your left. Our house is the second on the left.

See below for parking.

From the South/West: Take US-1/N past the Matunuck exits Take the Pond St. exit. (right after an exit for Post Rd.) Turn left onto Pond St. Continue until Pond dead ends onto Main. Turn right onto Main. Drive a short distance. Turn left onto High St. Drive past town hall. In about 0.6 mi, turn left onto Allen. At stop sign, turn right onto Rodman. Continue past one stop sign. Mallory Lane is on the right. Our house is the second on the left

Parking: Our street is narrow, so we ask that you not part on the street. 3-4 cars will fit in our driveway. If there is no space left in the driveway, you can park on Jennifer Dr. Turn left back onto Rodman, and make a quick right onto Jennifer Dr. Thank you!!


about Bruce's Photo

*After almost a week of shoveling every day. (I finally dug out the woodpile yesterday.) It was time to put those mounds of snow to good use. In honor of Valentine's Day a four foot tall heart, backlit with a solar powered l-e-d spot

Happy Valentine's Day to all.