Sangha Update

Autumn unfolding beautifully over New England!

We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away. — Zhuangzi

People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar. —Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and happy and enjoying this glorious impermanent autumn that just keeps going. I recently returned from Kansas City and Autumn was very beautiful the whole way!

There will be a gathering of the Clear Heart Sangha on Sunday evening at 6 PM the home of Cindy West. (directions below) There will be sitting/walking/sitting and a sharing about Thay's book on fear...followed by a sharing of the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be there.

There will be a meeting of the Generations Sangha tomorrow morning from 10-11:30 at the Westminster Unitarian Church on Kenyon Ave in East Greenwich. Eric will be facilitating and there will be activities for adults and children together for the whole morning. If you can come and support them that would be wonderful. There will be snacks and fellowship from 11:30-12 noon.

SANGHA THANKSGIVING POTLUCK - Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4:00 pm You are invited to join us for a Thanksgiving vegetarian potluck on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4 PM before the 6 PM gathering of the Clear Heart Sangha. We have so much to be thankful for... especially each other! I hope you will be able to join us.

OI/ASPIRANT GATHERING - Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10:00 am There will be a gathering of the Order Members and Aspirants and anyone else who would like to learn more about our Order....on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10 AM at the Bell Street Chapel in Providence immediately after the meeting of the Radiant Bell Sangha (which everyone is invited to attend) . If you would like to join us, please come a bit before 10.

CAMP ALDERSGATE RETREAT PLANNING - Saturday Dec. 7 at 10:00 am COME BE ON THE TEAM! 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 (

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.

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.

In the meantime, I hope you will be enjoying every minute.

with much love and the miracle of an eyelash moon winking at you, Joanne

DIRECTIONS TO CINDY WEST'S FOR CLEAR HEART MEETING We live about 2 miles from URI. From rt 138, go north onto Old North Rd. (across the street from big sign ““Kingston Hill Store Books Used and Rare””. Also, just a smidge west of the 138/108 traffic light). Old North Rd starts off as a one way, continues on as a two way street, and finally ends as a T. You will see our corner property from there. Go left at the T (Old North Rd meets Stoneyfort Rd), and then a quick right onto Plantation Dr. We are the first home on the right (2nd driveway is easiest). Come on in the side door (porch/kitchen)!