2-27-14 Sangha Update and Prayer Request

The mind in its natural state can be compared to the sky,
covered by layers of cloud which hide its true nature.
– Kalu Rinpoche
Somehow, in the process of trying to deny that things are always changing, we lose our sense of the sacredness of life.
We tend to forget that we are part of the natural scheme of things.
– Pema Chodron
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
– The 14th Dalai Lama
Dear Friends,
I hope you are all doing well and being kind to yourself and everyone else whenever possible!
This is a reminder that  there will be a gathering on Sunday evening at 6PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County on North Rd. in Peace Dale. We will enjoy sitting meditation, a recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings and Clare will be facilitating a sharing about the Chapter on Right Diligence from the book "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching". Thay tells us the "The practice of mindful living should be joyful and pleasant. if you breathe in and out and feel joy and peace, that is Right Diligence. If you suppress yourself, if you suffer during your practice, it probably is not Right Diligence. Examine your practice. See what brings you joy and happiness of a sustained kind. Try to spend time with a Sangha, brothers and sisters who are creating a field of mindful energy that can make your practice easy. Work together with a teacher and with a friend to transform your suffering into compassion, peace, and understanding, and do it with joy and ease. That is Right Diligence." I hope you can come so we can enjoy our practice together.
We were saddened by the passing of the mother of our Sangha sister, Betty Kornitzer, yesterday morning.
Betty had a very sweet and loving relationship with her mother, Babette,  and had helped care for her for many years. Babette simply closed her eyes and died, completely at peace, surrounded with love and  never suffering at all. Please hold Betty and her family in your hearts and in your prayers. You can send her love in the form of a note to BKornitzer@aol.com or to 119 Wayland Trail, Narragansett, RI  02882.
Next Saturday, March 8 will be a gathering of the Generations Sangha at the Westminster Unitarian Church in East Greenwich….from 10-11:30. There will be songs, stories, and practicing with all ages. It is a lot of fun. I hope that you will be able to join us.
To find out about the events being offered at Blue Cliff Monastery, please go to bluecliffmonastery.org
Also, I hope that you will be able to join us at the Aldersgate Retreat, May 16-20. It is a wonderful time to deepen our practice together.
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:
Please don’t be deterred by financial concerns. We have some funds for scholarships.
It will be wonderful to be with all of you…and in the meantime, please enjoy every minute.
with much love and the deep peace and joy of interbeing with all of you,