As we cultivate the seeds of joy and transform the seeds of suffering in ourselves,understanding, love and compassion will flower.

Calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends

I hope this finds you well and happy and flowering beautifully even in the midst of this frozen wintertime!
I know I sent out  a notice earlier that the Van Horn's meeting will be on the 5th Sunday instead of the 4th this month.
I also wanted to say that we need to move the 3rd Sunday meeting scheduled for our home to the 4th Sunday.
So the Calendar for December will look like this.
SUNDAY, DEC. 22 SANGHA AT THE FRIDAY'S….6 PM We can celebrate the first day of winter and the gift of the inward nature of the darkness and the gift of the lightening of the days!
I apologize for any inconvenience this might cause. I hope you will be able to be with us at these gathering.
It is a real delight to be able to stop together in the midst of the holiday season and remember why it is celebrated. We can remember how lucky we are to be one with such lovely beings!
Please remember that the Generations Sangha will be meeting tomorrow morning from 10-11:30 at WestmInster Unitarian Church in East Greenwich. We will be focusing on giving and receiving. There will be story for all of us, activities for the children, I will offer a short talk and Dharma sharing for the adults, and there will be songs and fun for everyone. This will all be followed by refreshments and fellowship from 11:30 - 12. I hope that you will be able to be with us.
I know I have sent this out before…but  wanted to remind you that Robert and Monica are offering a HALF DAY OF MINDFULNESS at their home tomorrow from 9:30-2:30 . Please RSVP if you are planning to attend and Please see below for details.
There will also be an OI/Aspirant gathering, as usual, on the third Saturday, the 21st at 10 AM at  the Bell Street Chapel. This meeting is open to Order members, aspirants and anyone who is interested in learning more about our Order.The Radiant Bell Sangha meets prior to that meeting from 8:00 - 10:00. You are welcome to join us for that meeting if you wish.
SAVE THE DATE!!! A Day of Mindfulness
Changing the World from the Inside Out:
Cultivating the Courage to Love Ourselves, Each Other and this Beautiful Planet
Saturday, January 25, 2014
9:30 – 4:30
First Universalist Society of Franklin,
262 Chestnut St. , Franklin, MA
Information contact: Susan Emmer Schmidt – 781-985-4911
I hope you can be with us for some or all of the above…until then, I will leave you with one of my favorite poems by Kabir…
I was looking for that shop where the shopkeeper would say,
"There is nothing of value in here"
I found it and did not leave.
The richness of not wanting wrote these poems.
with much love and best wishes for all of us to experience the richness of not wanting,
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;
There will be an opportunity to offer dana for the Sangha.