11-23-13 Sangha Update - Thanksgiving and lots of news!

photo by me, courtesy of the cosmos!
The World is Always Turning Toward the Morning
When the deer has bedded down
And the bear has gone to ground
And the northern goose has wandered off
to warmer bay and sound,
It’s so easy in the cold to feel
the darkness of the year
And the heart is growing lonely for the morning
Oh my Joanie don’t you know
That the stars are swinging low
And the seas are rolling easy
Just as they did so long ago
If I had a thing to give you
I would tell you one more time
That the world is always turning
Towards the morning
A verse from a wonderful song
by Gordon Bok

Dear Friends,
It was such a delight to be able to be with all of you last Sunday. It's easy to celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by such sweet beings all counting our blessings together. I hope our celebration will continue all year! there is so much to be grateful for.
One of those things is that Robert and Monica will be hosting  a gathering at their home tomorrow evening at 6 PM. There will be sitting/walking/sitting, a talk and a sharing of the Dharma. I hope you will be able to attend. You will find the information below.
They have also generously offered to host a Half Day of Mindfulness  at their home on Saturday, Dec.14. It is a wonderful opportunity to be joyfully together and be peace in the midst of the holiday season. Please RSVP as space is limited. All of the info is below. Thank you, Robert and Monica!
GENERATIONS SANGHA  will be meeting on Saturday the 14th of December from 10-11:30   at Westminster Unitarian Church. If you have children, know folks who do, would like to support our efforts to share the practice and support  families with children, please join us. There will be activities for the children, a short sit, singing and a Dharma talk. After 11:30 we will enjoy snacks and fellowship. I hope you will be able to join us.
CAMP ALDERSGATE RETREAT PLANNING – Saturday Dec. 7 at 10:00 am
From Ann Moore:
The 2014 Camp Aldersgate retreat planning team will have its first meeting Saturday, December 7, following Radiant Bell Sangha (at approximately 9:45 am), at the Bell Street Chapel in Providence. Any interested in helping plan next spring’s retreat are invited to join us. The team generally meets the first Saturday of the month up until the retreat (May 16-20, 2014). If you are unable to be at the meeting, but are interested in helping, please let Ann know (goldmoore41@gmail.com).
One of our first tasks is to select a theme for the retreat. Is there a topic you would like to have covered? Please come with your ideas or send them to Ann to bring for you.
SCREENING OF ROOM TO BREATHE – support mindfulness in schools! Thursday, Dec. 5, 7:00-9:00 pm & Sunday, Dec. 8, 4:00-6:00 pm from Eric and Betsy Loucks: We will screen the documentary film Room to Breathe at the Cable Car in Providence, and follow it with a moderated discussion. All proceeds will benefit the Bainbridge School, which — as you may know — is a local early childhood education center that is attempting to integrate mindfulness into their curriculum. To get tickets,
Then select either the date from the scroll-down bar near the top, or "movie quick link", and then select room to breathe.
More info below....
PLEASE JOIN THE CARE TAKING COUNCIL We need to have a long-overdue meeting of the Care Taking Council of the RI Community of Mindfulness. All of those who facilitate our various Sanghas and anyone else who would like to volunteer are welcome. If you are willing to participate please reply to this email and I will create a doodle for us to schedule a meeting.
I hope you will be able to be with us for one or more of the above, and in the meantime, I hope you are able to keep your mind on gratitude. To help with that, please enjoy my yearly posting of this video. I watch it often and it opens my heart every time. This is a TEDx talk and video  by a phenomenal photographer and filmmaker, Louie Schwartzberg. ...If your heart has opened with gratitude, it will be completely filled by this wonderful Dharma talk on interbeing! Enjoy!
with much love and deepest gratitude for every one of you,
Directions to and Parking for the Van Horn Home
Address:  24 Mallory Lane    Wakefield, RI  02879
Phone:  401-871-1838
From the North:
Take US 1-S to RI-138
Turn right onto RI-138; drive for about 3.5 miles
Turn left onto RI-108 S/Kingstown Rd.; drive for 2 miles. You will pass the SK police station, then later a pond, and the Pump House Restaurant on your right.
Take the next left onto Rodman Street.  (Street sign is hard to see; Dennis Moffit Painting is on the corner and the Peace Dale Mill is on the left.) You will pass the bike path and one stop sign.
Mallory Lane will be on your left.  Our house is the second on the left.
See below for parking.
From the South/West:
Take US-1/N past the Matunuck exits
Take the Pond St. exit. (right after an exit for Post Rd.)
Turn left onto Pond St.  Continue until Pond dead ends onto Main.
Turn right onto Main.  Drive a short distance.
Turn left onto High St.  Drive past town hall.
In about 0.6 mi, turn left onto Allen.
At stop sign, turn right onto Rodman.  Continue past one stop sign.  Mallory Lane is on the right.  Our house is the second on the left
Our street is narrow, so we ask that you not part on the street.  3-4 cars will fit in our driveway.  If there is  no space left in the driveway, you can park on Jennifer Dr.  Turn left back onto Rodman, and make a quick right onto Jennifer Dr.  Thank you!!!
from Robert and Monica:
Half Day of Mindfulness!
Why: An opportunity to deepen our practice by supporting each other.
Where: At Robert and Monica’s house, 24 Mallory Lane in Wakefield RI
When: Saturday, December 14th from 9:30AM to 2:30PM
What: We will practice sitting and walking meditation as well as listen to a dharma talk and engage in dharma sharing.
Important Details: 1) Bring your own lunch, Monica and I will provide hot tea; 2) RSVP since we have limited space—emailing Robert at vanhorn0@gmail.com;
There will be an opportunity to offer dana for the Sangha.



Please join us for a screening and discussion of the film "Room to Breathe," a community-education event and fundraiser for Bainbridge School. A panel of experts on the integration of education and mindfulness will reflect on the film and take questions from the audience immediately following the screening. All ticket sales from the screening will go toward the expansion of Bainbridge to serve more children and families.


Room To Breath is a surprising story of transformation as struggling kids in a San Francisco public middle school are introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation.
Topping the district in disciplinary suspensions, and with overcrowded classrooms creating a nearly impossible learning environment, overwhelmed administrators are left with stark choices: repeating the cycle of trying to force tuned-out children to listen, or to experiment with timeless inner practices that may provide them with the social, emotional, and attentional skills that they need to succeed.
The first question is whether it’s already too late. Confronted by defiance, contempt for authority figures, poor discipline, and more interest in “social” than learning, can a young mindfulness teacher from Berkeley succeed in opening their minds and hearts?

• Betsy Stubblefield Loucks, professional facilitator and Bainbridge parent (Moderator)

• Betsy Stubblefield Loucks, professional facilitator and Bainbridge parent (Moderator)

• Vanessa Weiner, founder, Resilient Kids