10-10-13 Sangha Update + CHANGE OF VENUE: PLEASE READ

photo by me
It's Dahlia Time Again....Autumn's own fireworks display!

During the time you are practicing mindfulness, you stop talking—
not only the talking outside, but the talking inside.
The talking inside is the thinking,
the mental discourse that goes on and on and on inside.
Real silence is the cessation of talking—of both the mouth and of the mind.
This is not the kind of silence that oppresses us.
It is a very elegant kind of silence, a very powerful kind of silence.
It is the silence that heals and nourishes us.
--Thich Nhat Hanh
I felt in need of a great pilgrimage,
so I sat still for three days..
God came to me.

Dear Friends,
I hope you are all really well and very happy and creating  many moments of the silence that heals and nourishes you.
This is just a short note for a couple of announcements.
CHANGE OF VENUE!!!!!!! This coming Sunday, the second Sunday of the month, we will be gathering at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd. at 6 PM. We will have sitting/walking and sitting meditation, I will offer a short talk about how we cultivate an engaged practice, we will share the Dharma and enjoy each others company. I hope you will be able to be with us.
The following Sunday will be at the home of Cindy West. I will send a reminder next week.
will gather next Saturday, October 12... from 10-11:30 AM at Westminster Unitarian Church in East Greenwich. If you are available, please come and make this a true Sangha for all ages. It is a lot of fun. We have songs, sometimes games, a Dharma talk, outdoor walking (weather permitting) and from 11:30-12 there will be snacks and fellowship. I hope you will be able to join us
Thay will be  celebrating his 87th Continuation day on October 11. He will be at Deer Park Monastery until the end of the month. I sent him a card thanking him for all that he has done to help all of us, and gave him an example of my experience of transformation and healing in myself and what I see in others. If you would be so moved,  you might like to  send him the gift of sharing the way that you have experienced the fruits of using the practices he has shared with us, it would be a lovely way to contribute to the celebration. His address will be:
The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh
Deer Park Monastery,

2499 Melru Lane,
CA 92026

Then, if you would like to be inspired and moved, please watch this interview with Malala, the 16 year old girl from Pakistan who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She is amazing! This is the first of a three part interview. I understand that there is a program on about her on Friday evening, but have no more info. Enjoy!


with much love, many hugs and the freedom of a leaf having been set free to fly,


Cultivating Fearlessness and Joy in Uncertain Times Saturday, October 26, 2013, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Bill Williams at 860-561-3563 -- billwaw@comcast.net or
Lynn Swanson at 860-843-5030 – lswanson01@gmail.com
for more info please go to  http://joannefriday.com/calendar/
Sounds True presents a live online event with Thich Nhat Hanh.
for more info and to register, go to
Cultivating the courage to love
each other,
and this beautiful planet.
Saturday, October 19 from 10 am - 4:30 pm
The Riverside Church
91 Claremont Ave., Manhattan
north of 120th St. west of Broadway
more info at
There is a wonderful Honors Colloquium happening at URI again this year. The topic this time is Education. Some info is below. Many of the talks will be live-streamed and recorded for those who cannot attend.
Our own Clare Sartori is one of the sponsors of what sounds to be a wonderful concert as part of Music at the Lily Pads....
An Evening with Matuto on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30pm
all the info is below.
We create community together!
"Music at Lily Pads, in collaboration with Meadowbrook Waldorf School, Rich Streitfeld, CPA, and ClareSartori, LMFT, is proud to present a special musical event, An Evening with Matuto on Saturday, October 12 at 7:30pm . This New York based band plays a brilliant hybrid of Brazilian and American roots music, with exceptional musicianship, eminently danceable rhythms, and the exuberant and uplifting songs of guitarist/band leader Clay Ross. Matuto is described by the Chicago Tribune as "seductively cross-cultural,"while  the Chicago Sun Times raves "this band aims for the heights of world-music sophistication.” The band recently returned from a US State Department tour of Africa as part of the American Music Abroad program