5-31-13 Sangha Update

It's a Miracle!
"There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle."
- Albert Einstein, physicist and Nobel laureate
No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness
that created it.
Albert Einstein
“A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty.  Nobody is able to achieve this completely but striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”
Albert Einstein
Dear Friends,
I hope you are all well and happy and not getting caught in the delusion  of separation, but are experiencing the freedom of interbeing!
We can enjoy interbeing this Sunday at 6 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at the Lily Pads on North Rd in Peace Dale, RI. This from Clare, who will be facilitating......
We are beginning our study of The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh and will be looking at Chapters 1 - 4 in Part One. I will actively request facilitation involvement by others at the meeting for future first of the month Sunday sanghas. Reading the chapters, while not necessary, will enhance our understanding of the teachings......
We will also have a recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings and enjoy our togetherness! I hope you can be with us.
Clare sent an attachment about the Nonviolence Summer Institute gathering that the sangha helps to co-host. I have copied the info from the flyer below. The Beloved Community Supper The time listed here is 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 10 and it will be held at the Multicultural Center at URI. People can call Clare at 783-0662 for more information.
I am also sending information for registration for the Cape Sangha Retreat  September 26-29...please register as soon as you can if you would like to join us. It is a lovely setting with really good people. I hope you can come!
SAVE THE DATE! for the annual Sangha Picnic...hosted by the Mind Tamers.
It will be Saturday, September 14 at Colt State Park...see below...or go the calendar page for more information and....where you will also find some new Dharma talks...thanks to Rob and Shana and Kristen!
Some of you probably also remember Tim (Ambrose) Desmond....who sat with our Sangha while attending URI several years ago...He went on to graduate school, married and wonderful woman and they recently had a beautiful baby boy! Tim who is a marriage and family therapist will be offering a workshop on Advanced Mindfulness... in Warwick later this month. The information is below.
Well I hope that you will be able to be with us on Sunday and until then...
I am sending much love, many hugs and the chanting of the wood frogs for you,

SAVE THE DATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness Picnic Saturday, September 14, 2013, 11 am – 3 pm Colt State Park, Bristol, Rhode Island We will be at Shelter #3, rain or shine. All welcome — please bring a vegetarian dish to share
Retreat in Craigville, Massachusetts “Sitting in the Autumn Breeze” September 26-29, 2013, Craigville Conference Center See the Cape Sangha Retreat page
Beloved Community Supper
12th Annual International Nonviolence Summer Institute
Sponsored by
The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies
The University of RI
Community members are invited to join us to meet, greet, and eat a home cooked meal with international and US participants here at URI to study Nonviolence!
DATE: Monday June 10 – 5:30-7:00 PM
PLACE: Multicultural Center
The University of RI
74 Lower College Rd
NEEDED: Pasta or Rice dishes, Casseroles, Vegetarian dishes, Meat dishes, Green salads (lots!), Vegetables Pizza, Desserts
NO Bread, NO Drinks
Your dish should serve 6-8 people
Questions? How do I drop off a dish? Parking?
Call Kay: 401-932-1969 for details
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VanVessem Gallery 63 Muse Way | Tiverton RI | 02878 | 401.835.6639 |vanvessemgallery@gmail.com
JUNE 8 - JULY 6, 2013
ARTISTS RECEPTION: SATURDAY, June 8, 2013, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
DIRECTIONS: From points north, take Route 195 to Route 24S. Follow 24S to 81S. Follow Route 81 to the 81/177 intersection, turn right, then your first left (at the Bulgarmarsh Recreation Area) onto Roosevelt. Roosevelt will bring you to Muse Way and the VanVessem Gallery is on your left.
From points south, take the Tiverton - Fish Road exit (Exit 6) off of 24N. Turn right at end of exit, then left at the end of Fish Road onto Bulgarmarsh Road. Follow to the Bulgarmarsh Recreation Area (just before the 177/81 intersection) and turn right onto Roosevelt. Roosevelt to Muse Way and the VanVessem Gallery is on your left.
Also, Tim Desmond will be teaching a class on Advanced Mindfulness: The Art and Science of Compassion that will be offered in Trumbull, CT, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, Cromwell, CT Thursday, June 27, 2013 and Warwick, RI on Friday, June 28. 2013. It is offered through www.pesi.com and provides continuing education credits for counselors, social workers, psychologist and marriage and family therapists. Tim is an Order member in our tradition as well as being a licensed marriage and family therapist and co-founder of Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in Alstead, New Hampshire. He and his wife just gave birth to a son, Finnegan.