8-3-13 Sangha Update


Look deeply into nature and then you will see everything better.
Albert Einstein
If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere.
Vincent Van Gogh
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.
John Muir


Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and happy and enjoying interbeing with this glorious cosmos.
This is a reminder that we will be meeting tomorrow evening at 6 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County at the Lily Pads Complex on North Rd. in Peace Dale. We will have a sitting meditation, and focus on the next chapters of "The Heart of the Buddha's Teachings" on"Touching our Suffering" and "Realizing Well-Being".  I will  facilitate a sharing of the Dharma, we will recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings and enjoy our interbeing! I hope that you will be able to be with us.
Thay will be visiting the US soon. In preparation for his visit, I am asking the Sangha members to consider to commit to  practicing Samantabhadra's vow...to bring joy to one person every  morning and alleviate the suffering of one person each afternoon....for the month of August. Perhaps you would like to join us! I have been using it...and it has been very interesting.
The Generations Sangha will be meeting next Saturday, August 10, at Westminster Unitarian Church on Kenyon Ave. in East Greenwich from 10-11:30AM. This is a Sangha for all ages. There will be programs for the children and for the adults. The meeting will be followed at 11:30 with snacks and fellowship.
If you can, please come and support this Sangha.
There will be a Peace Walk with Thich Nhat Hanh on September the 15th in Boston. Cindy West has been kind enough to volunteer to organize ride sharing.
If you would like to go, please contact her at
westnest5@verizon.net for more info about Thay's tour, please go to tnhtour.org
SAVE THE DATE -- on Saturday, September 21 we will be having a Sangha Picnic at Colt State Park in Bristol from 11-3. I hope you will be able to be with us to share a potluck vegetarian picnic, songs, games, stories, poems, etc. You can get more info at
please continue to offer your prayers at 8PM each evening to Sue and Roger Morgan's grandson Orion who is undergoing very difficult treatment for leukemia. He has done well so far...has responded to the treatment and is beginning a second round of treatment. Sue asks for our continued prayers and you can send her your love and good wishes at sstrongmorgan@gmail.com
At the meeting tomorrow evening, we  will be looking at transforming our suffering. One of the most moving and inspirational things I have seen on this topic lately is this video of Malala Yousafzai.
A truly remarkable and inspirational, courageous awe-inspiring young woman...I love the list of people she sites as inspiring her. She clearly has had loads of wonderful seeds watered in her consciousness! A portrait of courage, understanding and forgiveness.
with much love, many hugs and the awe of recognizing the interconnection of everything for you,