5-7-13 Taming next Tuesday May 14

Spring has sprung! It is hard to believe that the sun, the rain, and the earth can look like this!
Even After All this time
The Sun never says to the earth,
“You owe Me.”
Look
What happens
With love like that,

It lights the Whole Sky.

 

-Hafiz

 

Dear friends,

I hope you are all well and happy and cultivating love like that. I have been away for just about all of April....at 3 different retreats. It was lovely to be able to be with so many sincere practitioners and I learned a lot!
One retreat was an Order member gathering at Blue Cliff Monastery and we were able to practice with the monastics from our tradition. That is always wonderful.
There are two videos available from the retreat which are available for you to view.  One is a Dharma talk given by a monk, Thay Phap Vu and myself...the talk is called, "Flowing as a River".... You can access the talk at this link
which has been posted at joannefriday.com...if the link doesn't work you can go to that site and click on "Dharma teachings" then "audios/videos".  The other video is of a question/answer period from the same retreat...enjoy!
We will be gathering next Tuesday evening at St. Matthew and Mark Church on Chapel Rd. in West Barrington at 6:30 PM. I will send another announcement next week, but there was lots of news to share, so I wanted to send this update out now.
It will be wonderful to be able to be with you all again. I hope you can join us.
There will also be a Generations Sangha (for all ages) this coming Saturday, May 11,  at 10 AM. This is usually held at Westminster Unitarian in East Greenwich, but because there is a wedding, it will be held at the Bell Street Chapel in Providence. If you think that it is important to share the practice with children and you are free on Saturday morning, I hope you will consider joining us to help support  the children and their parents. The following is from Eric...

Dear friends,

Just to confirm, we will plan to have the Generation Sangha gathering this coming Saturday 5/11 at 10:00 in PROVIDENCE, not East Greenwhich due to wedding event at the church there. Joanne Friday will be able to join us this month! The themes will be appreciation for our mothers, and being peace together. The meeting location is shown below. As always, there will be children's programs and snacks afterwards. I hope you will be able to come!
Meeting Location: 5 Bell St, Providence, RI 02909
Take care,
Eric
Jennifer has created a beautiful flyer to publicize our meetings. I have included it as an attachment. I hope that you will each make a couple of copies and post them  in places where you think there might be interest. Thank you...and Thank Jennifer!
There are still a few places available at the Aldersgate Retreat. If you can join us from May 17-21....go to http;//www.joannefriday.com for information and registration forms. I hope you will be able to be with us, it is wonderful to be able to be together to deepen our practice. Also financial help is available if it is needed.
I am also including my annual sharing of the first Mother's Day proclamation by Julia Ward Howe. The intention was peace. I hope you all have a wonderful, peaceful  day and can see the highest and best of your mother being continued in you.
I hope that after that, you will join us next Tuesday  evening to be present for each other!
with much love, many hugs and a shower of cherry blossom petals for you,
Joanne

 

Mother's Day Proclamation by Julia Ward Howe*, 1870

The First Mother's Day proclaimed in 1870 by Julia Ward Howe was a passionate demand for disarmament and peace.

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, whether your baptism be that of water or tears!

Say firmly: "We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have taught them of charity, mercy and patience. We women of one country will be too tender of those of another to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."

From the bosom of the devastated earth, a voice goes up with our own. It says, "Disarm, Disarm!"

The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women, to bewail & commemorate the dead. Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesars but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limit of nationality may be appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international questions, the great and general interests of peace.

Biography of Julia Ward Howe

US feminist, reformer, and writer Julia Ward Howe was born May 27, 1819 in New York City. She married Samuel Gridley Howe of Boston, a physician and social reformer. After the Civil War, she campaigned for women rights, anti-slavery, equality, and for world peace. She published several volumes of poetry, travel books, and a play. She became the first woman to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1908. She was an ardent antislavery activist who wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic in 1862, sung to the tune of John Brown's Body. She wrote a biography in 1883 of Margaret Fuller, who was a prominent literary figure and a member of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Transcendentalists. She died in 1910.