Dove on a Post. Nowhere to Go, Nothing to Do
In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. —Albert Camus
Winter is not a season, it's an occupation. —Sinclair Lewis
I hope you are all well and happy and enjoying this winter time.
I apologize for my lack of communication. My recuperation has been a bit difficult, and then due to the weather, we had been completely cut off from communicating at all . . . We had no phone, computer, light or heat . . . and a tree down on a wire at the entrance to our drive, so we had no where to go and nothing to do! Our heat and light were restored and, tree removed Monday evening . . . and the computer and phone came back on line late Tuesday.
I know that we have probably all had ample opportunities for lots of mental formations to arise and had ample opportunities for practice. I just hope that this finds you all safe and warm.
We were hoping to be able to host the Sangha gathering at our home this Sunday evening. I am sorry to say that conditions are not sufficient. We still have too much snow for adequate parking, and the tree that was over the drive was chopped up by the electric company and left there. Hopefully all of this will be set right in time for the next meeting. In the meantime, I hope that you will enjoy listening to Thay's talks at tnhaudio.org or the Deer Park teachings at deerparkmonastery.org.
There will be a meeting Saturday the 16th at the Bell Street Chapel at 9:45 for Order members and Aspirants . . . and anyone else who is interested in learning more about our practice. There will be a Recitation Ceremony for the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings and a Dharma sharing about our practice and the Winter Retreat teachings. Robert will be facilitating. This meeting will take place right after the regular sangha gathering of the Radiant Bell Sangha from 8-9:30 AM. If there is a snow storm, both meetings will be canceled.
Thank you all for your good wishes, love notes and prayers. They have most certainly been helping. I am not quite out of the woods, so please keep up the good work! I hope to be able to practice with you all very soon.
In the meantime, remember to ask "Are you sure?" and to know that everything is impermanent so we need to enjoy every moment.
with much love, many hugs and a smiling moon for you, Joanne