3-9-13 Lots of opportunities for practice...but NO SANGHA TOMORROW

Spring Fever!!!!!

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another.

The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.

Henry Van Dyke (1852–1933)

Behold, my friends, the spring is come;

the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun,

and we shall soon see the results of their love!

Sitting Bull

In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.

Mark Twain

Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes

Carl Friedrich Gauss

Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life.

Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.

Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands all alone.

Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.

William Alexander

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying the coming on of springtime! Today did it for me! The snowdrops and crocuses are blooming and the time is springing ahead tonight! (Remember to change your clocks!) All wonderful signs of Spring! (can you tell I have been housebound?)

I know at our last meeting we talked about how Cindy had offered to host our 2nd Sunday of the month meeting at her home. I am sorry to say that she returned from her vacation with a respiratory infection (send her good thoughts!)...so there will be no meeting tomorrow evening and we shall begin meeting at her home the second Sunday in April instead. I hope that you will all be able to take part. I will be sending more information and directions closer to that time.

In the meantime, please remember that the third Saturday of the month, March 16th  will be an OI/Aspirant gathering at the Bell St, Chapel in Providence at 9:45 AM.This meeting is open to Order members, Aspirants and anyone interested in learning more about our practice. We will have a recitation of the Fourteen Trainings, and share our understanding of the practice, our experience with the Winter Retreat Teachings and we will discuss the next Sutra to be studied. I hope you will be able to come. The Radiant Bell Sangha meets from 8-9:30 and you are welcome to sit with them before our meeting if you like.

Next Sunday, March 17, the meeting will be at our home at 6 PM. We can celebrate the Irish (and everyone else!) I hope you will be able to be with us.

The fourth Sunday, March 24th, the meeting will be at the Van Horn's at 6 PM.
Please remember, if you would like to be on retreat with Thay, or attend one of the public talks or Days of Mindfulness while he is in the US, please go to tnhtour.org.
I have been invited to offer a number of retreats this spring, for more info and registration, please go to joannefriday.com
The RI Community of Mindfulness is organizing another retreat for us this year at Camp Aldersgate. I have included some info below.
For registration forms, please go to  http://joannefriday.com/calendar/

I do hope that we will all be able to be practicing together soon....and in the meantime, I hope that you will be enjoying every moment of this unfolding of springtime.

with much love and the miracle of the energy of rebirth for you,
Joanne

 

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Radical Compassion:

When Caring for Ourselves is Caring for Others

A five-day retreat in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with Dharma Teacher Joanne Friday
May 17-21, 2013 •  Camp Aldersgate, 1043 Snake Hill Road, North Scituate, RI 02857
This spring we have the opportunity to come together to heal and transform our unskillful states of mind, cultivate freedom, fearlessness and joy, and expand our capacity for understanding and compassion. We will use the teachings and practices that have been given to us from the Buddha through Thich Nhat Hanh. Joanne Friday, a Dharma teacher in the Tiep Hien Order, will lead this retreat. She received authority to teach from Thich Nhat Hanh, who has been her teacher for 20 years. Joanne says that the Dharma is the greatest gift she has ever received and her greatest joy is passing it on.
Retreat Format The retreat is residential, with periods of sitting and walking meditation and daily dharma talks by our teacher. Work meditation assignments help us practice mindfulness while being active with our hands. The purpose of the retreat is inner transformation, a process that is best supported by noble silence, which we will observe. We will break our silence occasionally for Dharma sharing and singing.
General questions: please contact Ann Moore at 860-535-0430 or goldmoore41@gmail.com.