If you are confused, there are a thousand differentiations, ten thousand distinctions.
If you are enlightened, everything is the same one family.
Jazz is really a wonderful example of the great characteristics of Buddhism and great characteristics of the human spirit. Because in jazz we share, we listen to each other, we respect each other, we are creating in the moment.
I hope you are well and happy and enjoying your Interdependence with everything and everyone.
We will be gathering this Sunday evening at 6:00 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of South County at the Lily Pads complex on North Rd. in Peace Dale.
There will be sitting meditation, Clare will facilitate the discussion of Chapters 5 and 6 in "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching", there will be a sharing of the Dharma, a recitation of the Five Trainings and the chance to enjoy each other and the Sangha wisdom. I hope you will be able to come.
Remember, there will be a Transmission Ceremony for the Five Mindfulness Trainings on July 20 at the Bell Street Chapel in Providence at 10 AM. If you are interested in receiving the Transmission I have included the application form below. You can send it back via email or snail mail. If you have any questions about it, please contact me.
I know that not everyone was able to get tickets to see Thay in Boston or NYC...but there will be a Peace Walk in Boston on Sunday, Sept. 15 for which there will be no fee. It would be wonderful if some of us could attend. If you are interested in collecting the names of those attending, please let me know.
For those of you who are going to Thay's Retreat at Blue Cliff...or just planning a visit to the monastery, they have now created a Ride Share Bulletin Board....if you are able to provide a ride or need one, check it out! http://www.bluecliffrides.org/home/
Our friends from the Clear Path Sangha that meets at the Westminster Unitarian Church wanted to invite you all to an event they are sponsoring a workshop on storm preparedness....Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst...They have very good speakers and if you would like to take part....the info is below.
I had sent out a prayer request for Sue Morgan and her grandson Orion who is suffering with leukemia. I neglected to include her email. If you would like to send love in a note...her email is
GREAT NEWS! for TOMORROW
Our Sangha sister Carol Craig has contributed a chapter to a book just published....NO MISTAKES, HOW YOU CAN TURN ADVERSITY INTO ABUNDANCE... She has done a great job of doing this ...so it should be wonderful! She will also hopefully be able to join us at one of our meetings while she is back from Trinidad and will have books available then. More info is below....She writes...
I have attached an announcement about the book release which I have a chapter in and also would like to take a moment to let you know that I am having a book signing locally in Rhode Island.
Where: The Wakefield Bookstore
When: Saturday, July 6th
Time: Noon until 2pm
Please let your friends know that I will be there at that time. I hope to see you as well.
So lots of things happening, lots of opportunities to practice and enjoy being together! Until then, please enjoy every minute.
with much love, many hugs and the miracle of a firefly filled summer evening for you,
Application to Receive the Five Mindfulness Trainings
(please print clearly and return to Joanne Friday, 725 School House Rd., Wakefield, RI 02879)
Name: phone email
Which of the Trainings would you like to receive? (You can choose all of them or particular ones. You are encouraged to take all five.
____ All five _First __Second __Third __Fourth __Fifth
Would you like to receive a Dharma Name to encourage you in the practice? ____Yes __No
Here are my aspirations and commitments (continue on back if needed)
How you can change
ADVERSITY into ABUNDANCE
features thirty inspiring personal stories, each contributed by a different author, that show how some of their darkest moments ultimately led to their greatest blessings, illustrating that synchronicities and miracles can be found even in the most heartbreaking situations.
Who: Westminster Green Sanctuary Committee and UUA Ballou-Channing District are
co-sponsoring the event.
What: "Hope for the Best and Prepare for the Worst": How you and your
congregation can prepare for hurricanes and tornadoes.
When: July 27, 10 AM to 2:30 PM
Where: Westminster Unitarian Church, 119 Kenyon Avenue, East Greenwich RI
For more detailed information please see the Westminster storm preparedness
seminar information at this web address: