3-5-14 Sangha Update

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand
and for a talk beside the fire :
it is a time for home.
Edith Sitwel
"The amount of happiness that you have depends on
the amount of freedom you have in your heart."

— Thich Nhat Hanh
Dear Friends,
I hope you are all well, enjoying the warmth of friends and family and the happiness of freedom on this bright winter day.
This is a reminder that we will have our second Sunday gathering at the home of Cindy West on Sunday, March 9 at 6 PM. We will enjoy sitting meditation and continue to explore the practices that Thay offers us in his book, "Fear". We will share the Dharma and enjoy being together.
Robert and Monica have been kind enough to offer another Half Day of Mindfulness at their home this coming Saturday, March 8 from 9:30-2PM. It is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your practice together. All of the info is below.
There will be a gathering of the Generations Sangha - a Sangha for all ages -  on Saturday the 8th at the Westminster Unitarian Church in East Greenwich from 10 AM until 11:30. We will have some singing, stories, projects for the kids and a time for practice for the adults. This will be followed by a half hour of snacks and fellowship. If you can support us in sharing the practice, please join us.
Prayer Request.
Our dear Sangha sister, Laura French had surgery on her wrist and is recovering and will hopefully heal very beautifully. Please hold her in your prayers and meditations as well as in your hearts. You can send some love her way at frenreal@gmail.com,
Our other dear sister, Betty Kornitzer has sent us the obituary for her mother, Babette.
What a wonderfully extraordinary life, and Betty is a beautiful continuation. Please continue to hold Betty and her family in your prayers. bkornitzer@aol.com
or 119 Wayland Tr. Narragansett, RI 02882
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.
May all beings know they are love and they are loved,
Joanne
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DIRECTIONS TO CINDY'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 ABOUT...
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, March 8th from 9:30AM to 2:00PM
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
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FROM BETTY KORNITZER...REMEMBERING BABETTE
Dearest Friends,
As some of you know, my beloved mother, Babette Newburger, passed from this earthly realm on Wednesday, February 26. She never felt five minutes of pain, she smiled a lot and she had 24 hour totally loving care by two angelic beings, Wendy and Sandra...my new sisters of the heart.
On February 26. Mom opened her eyes, sighed a good morning sigh, then closed her eyes forever in peace. Mom's Spirit is palpably and powerfully\ present, wise, loving, and as ever...irreverent! Below I include a long obituary statement about my amazing, one of a kind mother, Babette.
I was so richly blessed to have spent so much good and connected time with her over the years, especially the last two decades.  For 10 years Mom and I spent the month of August together on Cape Cod. We first stayed by the water in Falmouth, and then spent four years in Provincetown, where she had studied art with the greats in her later teen years.
When I started my ministry in Peace Dale, Mom lived in assisted living in Wayland, Massachusetts. Monday, one of my days off, became "Mondays with Mom."  Every week, no matter what...Mondays with Mom.  As the dementia progressed, a few times Mom would look at me and say "Now remind me of who you are."  I would bring out pictures of myself as a child and remind her that I was "Betty Boo," little Betty Boo, she would smile a big true smile and say "Oh yes, and I love you." And she did!  I was blessed by that love and by Mom's eccentricity, creativity and spirit.  Mom and I had resolved all our issues together.  In her later years, as the mind became very foggy, she would occasionally look at me and say: "There's one true thing...
we love each other."  And she was right. We love each other still.
And so it is.
Peace & Love, Betty
allow me to introduce you to Babette...
WAYLAND: Babette Beinfield Newburger, 93, died peacefully and comfortably surrounded by those she loved on February 26, 2014 at her residence in Wayland.
She was born in St. Louis, MO on March 27, 1920 the daughter of the late Victor H. Beinfield and Rose (Pasternack) Beinfield.
Babette is survived by her loving and devoted daughters Betty Kornitzer of Narragansett, RI and Mary Ann Gore and her husband Robert Friede of Concord. She was the cherished grandmother of Michael G. Kornitzer of Lithia, FL; Magda L. Schmalz of Needham; Miriam Rose Kornitzer of Somerville; Benjamin S. Kornitzer of NYC, NY; Daniel B. Gore of Somerville and Abraham A. Gore of Somerville. Sister of Dr. William H. Beinfield of NYC, NY. Also survived by nine great-grandchildren as well as her loving caregivers Wendy George and Sandra Stoddart.
Babette has been a resident of Wayland for the past 11 years and previously resided in Lincoln and New York.
She was a graduate of the Knox School when it was in Cooperstown, NY after having attended schools in Switzerland. She spent many years at the Arts Student League in New York where she was mentored by Raphael Soyer and other leading artists of the time. Babette was an accomplished painter, sculptor and designer and was well known and respected throughout the art community. She was a cartoonist for Esquire Magazine in the 1950‘s with a full page color and two black and whites each month. She was also an award winning experimental film maker. She spent a great deal of time in France and loved  Cape Cod as well.
Babette pursued many industrial design projects which she hoped would make a positive difference in the world. She was an advocate for human rights and worked diligently to right the wrongs in the world and to improve the environment. She was a renaissance woman and was outspoken about things that concerned her closely. She was devoted to her daughters and was so beloved by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A. Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 11:00 o’clock at The First Parish in Bedford, 75 Great Rd (Rte 4/225), Bedford.
In lieu of flowers, her family kindly suggests that gifts in Babette’s memory be sent to The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts, 40 Stowe Street, Concord, MA 01742.

Arrangements entrusted to the care of the John C. Bryant Funeral Home of Wayland. For online condolences please