5-2-14 Sangha Update

How did we get to be so fortunate as to be born into this garden of earthly delights?
Silence is something that comes from your heart, not from outside. Silence doesn’t mean not talking and not doing things; it means that you are not disturbed inside. If you’re truly silent, then no matter what situation you find yourself in, you can enjoy the silence.
And once we have the condition of peace and joy in us, we can afford to be in any situation. Even in the situation of hell, we will be able to contribute our peace and serenity. The most important thing is for each of us to have some freedom in our heart, some stability in our heart, some peace in our heart. Only then will we be able to relieve the suffering around us.
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh
Dear Friends,
I hope you are all well and happy and enjoying deep peace on this warm and dry spring evening.
This is just a reminder that tomorrow the Van Horns are offering a Half a Day of Mindfulness at their home.
It should be lovely and all of the information is below.
Then on Sunday evening we will enjoy our first Sunday gathering at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County at the Lily Pads on North Rd in Peace Dale at 6 PM. We will have a sitting meditation, then Eva will offer an overview of the chapter on Right Livelihood and facilitate a sharing of the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.
Until then, I hope you are experiencing peace and joy and are blooming as beautifully as  this glorious springtime..
with much love, many hugs and the miracle of a hummingbird (they're back!!!!) for you,
PS ...not only the hummingbirds...but 5 eggs in the nest on our front door! (so once again, we need to knock before going outside!)
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, May 3rd 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; if you need to RSVP at the last minute (less than 24 hours in advance), please call 871 1838.
Directions to and Parking for the Van Horn Home
Address:  24 Mallory Lane    Wakefield, RI  02879
Phone:  401-871-1838
From the North:
Take US 1-S to RI-138
Turn right onto RI-138; drive for about 3.5 miles
Turn left onto RI-108 S/Kingstown Rd.; drive for 2 miles. You will pass the SK police station, then later a pond, and the Pump House Restaurant on your right.
Take the next left onto Rodman Street.  (Street sign is hard to see; Dennis Moffit Painting is on the corner and the Peace Dale Mill is on the left.) You will pass the bike path and one stop sign.
Mallory Lane will be on your left.  Our house is the second on the left.
See below for parking.
From the South/West:
Take US-1/N past the Matunuck exits
Take the Pond St. exit. (right after an exit for Post Rd.)
Turn left onto Pond St.  Continue until Pond dead ends onto Main.
Turn right onto Main.  Drive a short distance
Turn left onto High St.  Drive past town hall.
In about 0.6 mi, turn left onto Allen.
At stop sign, turn right onto Rodman.  Continue past one stop sign.  Mallory Lane is on the right.  Our house is the second on the left
Our street is narrow, so we ask that you not part on the street.  3-4 cars will fit in our driveway.  If there is  no space left in the driveway, you can park on Jennifer Dr.  Turn left back onto Rodman, and make a quick right onto Jennifer Dr.  Thank you!!!