12-6-13 Sangha Update

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice.
Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural.
It is man-made and it can be overcome
and eradicated by the actions of human beings.
Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great.
YOU can be that great generation.
Let your greatness blossom.”

Dear Friends,
I hope this finds you all letting your greatness blossom! As we mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela, it is very, very easy to celebrate his extraordinary life. We are so fortunate to interbe with such great beings!

This is a reminder that there will be a gathering at  Cindy West's home this coming Sunday evening at 6 PM. (directions below) There will be sitting/walking/sitting and a Dharma sharing about the next chapter of Thay's book on Fear. A synopsis will be offered, so it is not necessary to have read the chapter before the meeting…but it is always lovely to be able to do that to deepen our understanding. I hope you will all be able to be joyfully together…we are very lucky!
Next week there will be a gathering of the Generations Sangha on Saturday the 14th of December from 10-11:30 at the Westminster Unitarian Church on Kenyon Avenue in East Greenwich. If you have children, grandchildren, know folks who do, or just enjoy being with children and supporting the sharing of the practice of mindfulness with children…please come and bring your friends!
Speaking of sharing mindfulness with children….there is an excellent movie at the Cable Car Cinema called "Room to Breathe". It is being shown this Sunday at 4 PM as a benefit for the Bainbridge Preschool which Eric and Betsy's twins attend. The movie is a very moving and honest account of how mindfulness helped students at an intercity school in San Francisco.  It will be followed by a panel sharing. Eric and I will be part of that panel. I hope if you are in the area you will join us! Ticket info below….

THERE WILL BE NO  GATHERING ON THE  FOURTH SUNDAY! Robert and Monica will not be able to host the 4th Sunday…but they have invited everyone to practice with them on the 5th Sunday of December… the 29th! Save the Date!
Robert and Monica have also invited everyone to a Half Day of Mindfulness at their home on Saturday, the 14th. More info about that is below. so…save that date too!

There will be an Order member and Aspirant gathering at the Bell Street Chapel in Providence at 10 AM on Saturday, December 21. As always this meeting is open to everyone who is interested in learning more about our practice and our Order. The Radiant Bell Sangha meets before this gathering  from 8-9:45. All are invited to attend that also, if you wish.
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.
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.
Thank you for your prayers!
from Sue Morgan
"Orion is out of the hospital and feeling good enough to  be out in the world enjoying life. He's gaining weight and his eyebrows mustache are growing back. We are so grateful and so incredibly relieved. Thank you so much for all of your prayers and long-distance love. It has been such a support." - you can send love to sstrongmorgan@gmail.com
from Carol Craig who is teaching in Egypt
At the last Sangha meeting I shared this news from Carol...
"Please put my husband's son, Shaquille, into the circle tomorrow night at Sangha ... He has been shot 3 times and is fighting for his life in Trinidad.  This is my youngest stepson who is only 19 years old.  He has gone down a dangerous path with his life choices and is now paying the ultimate price.   I hope he pulls through so he can have a second chance to get his life together.  He could use some prayers and energy sent from the sangha. "
I recently got an update, saying that Shaquille was on the mend in the hospital. Please keep holding them all in your hearts. You can send love to Carol at
And finally,  for your pure delight.a 109 year old holocaust survivor shares her wonderful wisdom and spirit..a very deep teaching on how where we choose to place our minds determines our experience…a true inspiration!….
with much love and the lullaby of raindrops singing on the roof for you,
Joanne
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CABLE CAR SHOWING OF "ROOM TO BREATHE"
to order tickets, go to..
in the upper left there is a place to scroll for the date…once you put in the date, you will have the opportunity to get tickets.

Room To Breathe 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?
Panelists: Sunday, December 8

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DIRECTIONS TO CINDY WEST'S HOME
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)!
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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.