9-14-13 Sangha Update

Thich Nhat Hanh offers Day of Mindfulness for World Bank and International Finance Corp. from our dear friend Mitchell in Washington, DC......."Earlier this week I had the good fortune to participate in two remarkable events at the World Bank. On Monday, there was a panel presentation that included The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh; Professor Richie Davidson, widely known for his research on mindfulness and neuroplasticity; and Dr. Jim Kim, the President of the World Bank, who previously served as the Director of the International Health Organization, and as the President of Dartmouth College.

On Tuesday, Thich Nhat Hanh and thirty-seven Plum Village monastics led a Day of Mindfulness in the atrium of the World Bank led by . The approximately six hundred participants at each of the events were almost all employees of the World Bank and and the International Finance Corporation.

Both events grew out of Dr. Kim’s remark shortly after President Obama nominated him to the World Bank position in 2012. When he was asked to name his favorite book, he replied, The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh. The answer led to an on line correspondence with a Plum Village monastic, and, in time, to an invitation for Thich Nhat Hanh and the monastics to come to the World Bank."

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and happy, fearless and free..... and enjoying these last days of summertime!
There will be a gathering at our home tomorrow evening at 6 PM. We will enjoy sitting/walking (outdoors weather permitting...and the brugmansia is blooming again!) /sitting, I will offer a brief talk about some of the things I have learned from Thay's recent visit. We will share the Dharma and enjoy our togetherness. I hope you can be with us. It will be lovely to be able to be together again.
Remember...you can enjoy Thay's talks at tnhaudio.org.
Also, Remember!!!!!!! The Sangha Picnic on September 21 at Colt State Park in Bristol. I hope that you will all be able to be there. You are invited to bring family, friends, a vegetarian dish to share, a favorite game, song, poem, story, ....mostly we can enjoy being together. Thanks to our web bodhisattvas, all the info is at http://joannefriday.com/calendar/
The sangha in West Hartford is offering a Day Of Mindfulness on Saturday, October 26 and has invited me to offer the teachings. I hope that you will be able to join us...and if you have friends in CT please let them know. There is some info below and our website bodhisattvas have also been kind enough to post the info and registration forms for this event at http://joannefriday.com/calendar/ or contact:
Bill Williams at 860-561-3563 -- billwaw@comcast.net or
Lynn Swanson at 860-843-5030 – lswanson01@gmail.com
I hope you will be able to be with us. It is always a wonderful day.
with much love, many hugs and the joy of going as a river with all of you,
Joanne

And...for your enjoyment...some lovely photos from the calligraphy exhibit....

Thich Nhat Hanh's Live, Meditative Calligraphy Will Absolutely Inspire You