Sangha Update...and...HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

Happy Valentines Day!
We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
Sam Keen, from To Love and Be Loved
- "The reality of the other person lies not in what he reveals to you, but what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says, but rather to what he does not say."
Khalil Gibran
Understanding is the basis for true love.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Our greatest strength lies in the gentleness and tenderness of our heart.
Rumi
“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
~ Pablo Picasso
Dear Friends,
I hope this finds you all well and happy and finding that your gift is to give away your open, loving heart!
We are so lucky to have a practice which helps us to expand our capacity to love ourselves and each other.
We are also very lucky to have an opportunity to come together to deepen our practice on this Sunday evening at 6 PM at our home. We will have a sitting meditation, I will offer a short talk and we will share the Dharma. The focus of the gathering will be True Love. I hope you will be able to be with us.
Tomorrow, Saturday, the 15th there will be an OI/aspirant gathering at the Bell Street Chapel. This meeting is open to Order members, aspirants and anyone who is interested in learning more about our practice. We will recite the Fourteen Trainings and share the Dharma. We are focusing on the Paramitas, and will be looking at diligence. There is a meeting of the Radiant Bell Sangha that morning from 8-9:45. So if you like you can be a part of that before the OI gathering.
Remember that you can access Thay's talks at tnhaudio.org and some of the monastics have been offering Dharma talks during this Winter Retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery…you can access them at 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: http://joannefriday.com/calendar/

Please don’t be deterred by financial concerns. We have some funds for scholarships.
A lovely song to meditate with, by a practitioner from our tradition..
Enjoy!
I hope to see you at one or more of these gatherings. What joy!
with many hugs and a heart filled with love for you ,
Joanne