10-7-13 Sangha Update - sending love to Thay

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Sangha Picnic...dogs, and children and songs and games and lots of love!


Dear Friends,

What fun! Thank you to the Mind Tamers for organizing our RI Community of Mindfulness picnic for the six RI Sanghas and thank you to all of you who contributed wonderful food, games, songs, and most of all your true presence. A beautiful place, wonderful people, lots of love.... It was a total delight! (I will try to find a way to send all the photographs)

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will be gathering this coming Sunday at the UU Church at the Lily Pads complex on North Road in Peace Dale at 6:00. We will have a sitting, Clare will facilitate, Phyllis will offer a synopsis of the next Chapter in "The Heart of the Buddha's Teachings" on Right Thinking. We will share the Dharma and Recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings. I hope you will be able to be with us.
will be gathering on Tuesday evening at Sts. Matthew and Mark Church on Chapel Rd. in West Barrington at 6:30. We will have sitting/walking/sitting, I will offer a short talk about Engaged Practice  - how do we use our practice to navigate the chaotic waters we find ourselves navigating...and we will share the Dharma. I hope you can come sit with us!
will be gathering on Wednesday evening at the Westminster Unitarian Church on Kenyon Ave. in East Greenwich, at 6:00 PM. We will have sitting/ walking/sitting meditation and I will offer a short talk about using our practice to deal with the challenging times in which we live. We will share the Dharma and enjoy our togetherness. Come and join us!
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
Cultivating Fearlessness and Joy in Uncertain Times Saturday, October 26, 2013, 9:00 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.

I hope you can participate in one or all of these events...and in the meantime here is something to Enjoy!!!!! It's totally heartwarming.

with much love and the clarity of a splendid autumn day for you,
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
ticket price to all  ($15),  Children 12 and under are half price ($8), and students with ID are $12. We hope you will join us for what promises to be a very special evening. Come prepared to revel in great music, rhythm and this great community.
Tickets are available at BrownPaperTickets.com (search "Matuto") and locally at Sweet Cakes Bakery in Peace Dale, the Alternative Food Co-op and Looney Tunes II in Wakefield.
For more information, please visit www.musicatlilypads.org or email lilypadsmusic@gmail.com Visit Music at Lily Pads on Facebook, and please "Like" our page.
Education shapes the nation's future and the life path of every individual in powerful ways. In this series, we will explore how education still matters and debate key issues central to understanding the future of public schools and higher education.
Tuesday evenings, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 – Dec. 10, 2013 Edwards Auditorium, URI Kingston Campus
Join us! The public is invited to attend this series of free events in person or online.
October 8, Creating a New Culture for Teaching and Learning. International leader in education technology Alan November, cofounder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership and one of Technology and Learning magazine's 15 most influential thinkers of the decade.
Video of the presentation (available live the day of the event and recorded thereafter)

October 15 (6:30 p.m.), The Reign of Error. An interactive conversation with Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University and a historian of education, with special guests from the Providence Student Union.
Video of the presentation (available live the day of the event and recorded thereafter)

October 22, The Future of Public Higher Education. David Bergeron, vice president for postsecondary education, Center for American Progress, and former acting assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Education.
Video of the presentation (available live the day of the event and recorded thereafter)