1-16-14 Sangha Update + Prayer Request

"Thich Nhat Hanh offers a way out of this nightmare, a solution acceptable to rational leaders. He has traveled the world, counseling statesmen, religious leaders, scholars and writers, and enlisting their support. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity."
excerpt from Dr. King's letter to the Nobel Committee to nominate Thich Nhat Hanh for the Peace Prize.

Dear Friends,

As we prepare to honor one of Thay's dear friends….I hope you are well and enjoying this winter day. Here it is bright and warm.The  frost on the fields is creating mist in the air and the mist is glowing gold in the morning sun…We are so fortunate that Thay has taught us how to be peace so we can fully enjoy our experience of this amazing planet. I hope this finds all of you doing just that!
We will have a gathering of the Clear Heart Sangha  at our home this Sunday at 6 PM. We will enjoy sitting meditation, I will give a short talk about Thay and Martin Luther King, Jr. -  their vision and their fearlessness and the practices we have been given to cultivate those qualities in ourselves. We will share the Dharma and enjoy each other's company. I hope that you will be able to be with us.
We will have an opportunity to practice together  at a gathering this Saturday morning at the Bell St. Chapel in Providence at 10AM. We will recite the Fourteen Trainings, read about the third paramita, kshanti paramita  - patience, or inclusiveness. We will then have an opportunity to share about our practice with the paramitas so far. There will be a meeting of the Radiant Bell Sangha prior to our gathering. They meet from 8:00-10..If you would like to attend that  meeting prior to our gathering you are more than welcome.
In the meantime, please remember we have more opportunities to be joyfully together….
Day of Mindfulness — Franklin, Massachusetts
Saturday, January 25, 9:30 a.m.-4:30
Changing the World from the Inside Out: Cultivating the Courage to Love Ourselves, Each Other, and This Beautiful Planet
Registration form at
More information: Susan Emmer Schmidt, 781-985-49
Retreat in Rhode IslandMay 16-20, 2014
Coming Home: Cultivating Fearlessness, Freedom, and Joy
Camp Aldersgate, North Scituate, Rhode Island
Offered by the Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness
Register early (by March 15) and save $25
Informational flyer and registration form at


This  is a wonderful opportunity to deepen our practice together in a very beautiful setting.
A lot of wonderful energy has been going into the planning and registration is now open.
Please do not let finances be an obstacle…we have some funds available to help with scholarships if they are needed.
Prayer Request
Our dear friend, Carol Craig is teaching in Egypt..It is very difficult to be so far away  far away when her family is suffering a big loss. Please hold her in your hearts and in your prayers. You can send love to Teachercjcraig@aol.com
This is from Carol:
Sadly, our Norton passed away this week. He was my Mom's partner for 23 years and I thought of him as my Step-Dad, for sure.  He  had been at the South Bay Manor since mid-September and he just lost the will to live... he really went downhill rapidly, having difficulty swallowing caused him to lose weight and the poor fellow was only 112 lbs. when he finally passed over.  My Mom is doing well, I really think that it was a relief for her... she did not know how to help him and was feeling so helpless and frustrated through the holidays, etc.  She can now be at peace too.  It is difficult at times like these to be half way around the world and unable to be there to hug her and be around loving family and friends.   I guess the Memorial service is going to be postponed until this summer when all of his grandkids, sons and our family can all be there.  I would appreciate an announcement of Norton Chellgren's passing to the sangha, I could use their healing energy that always sustains me when things are tough.  I am actually OK and had said my goodbyes because I had a feeling that I was not going to be seeing good ole Norton again when I left.
I hope you will be able to be with us for some or all of the above ….and in the meantime, please do your best to enjoy every moment of this precious lifetime!
with much love and deep gratitude for interbeing with all of you,