10-30-13 Sangha Update for November

 

photo by me...leaf courtesy of the cosmos
The beauty of letting go!

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness.

If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.”

Thich Nhat Hanh
People can be more forgiving than you can imagine.
But you have to forgive yourself.
Let go of what’s bitter and move on.
– Bill Cosby
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need.
– Tao Te Ching
Some of us think holding on makes us strong,
but sometimes it is letting go.
- Herman Hesse
We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
– Joseph Campbell
Nirvana means to extinguish the burning fires of the Three Poisons:
greed, anger, and ignorance.
This can be accomplished by letting go of dissatisfaction.
- Shinjo Ito
Dear Friends,
I hope you are well and happy and, like the trees, happily letting go of everything that is not serving you well.
CLEAR HEART SANGHA
There will be a gathering this coming Sunday, Nov. 1 at 6 PM at  the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County in the Lily Pads complex on North Rd. in Peace Dale. There will be sitting meditation, a discussion of Thich Nhat Hanh's book "Fear" Clare will facilitate the meeting, Ellen will give a synopsis of the next chapter and there will be a sharing of the Dharma and recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. I hope you will be able to be there!
PRAYER REQUESTS
Please continue to keep Sue and Roger Morgan and their 16 year old grandson Orion in your prayers at 8PM each day. Orion continues to endure very difficult chemotherapy.
MIND TAMERS
The Mind Tamers Sangha will meet at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Sts. Matthew and Mark Church on Chapel Rd in West Barrington. Don and Shirley will be facilitating the meeting and there will be sitting/walking/sitting, a short talk and a sharing of the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be there.
CLEAR PATH SANGHA
Will be meeting at 6 PM on November 13,  at Westminster Unitarian Church on Kenyon Ave. in East Greenwich.  We will enjoy sitting/walking/sitting, a short talk and sharing the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.
OI/ASPIRANT GATHERING
There will be our monthly OI/Aspirant gathering at the Bell Street Chapel at 9:45 on Saturday, Nov. 16. We will have a Recitation Ceremony and a Dharma Sharing about the Sutra on the full Awareness of the Breath. (in the Chanting Book). This meeting is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about our Order.
In the meantime ...remember that Thay's talks from the tour are available at tnhaudio.org...and  you might enjoy this lovely video filled with the smiles of the folks that attended the Deer Park Retreat.
Enjoy!
As mentioned at our last mailing....The Brown Contemplative Studies Initiative has lots of wonderful teachers and  good programs that they offer.  Sharon Salzberg is scheduled to be there this weekend... Friday night and Saturday...more info is available at
Cindy West would like to carpool on Friday night. You can reach her at westnest5@verizon.net
I am so looking forward to being able to practice with all of you again.
with much love and the deep peace of a crisp autumn twilight for you,
Joanne