5-24-14 Sangha Update


We will joyfully gather amidst the beauty of springtime to commemorate
Memorial Day by deepening our capacity to be peace!
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
Mother Teresa

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well, enjoying the miracles of this glorious season and being peace.
First I would like to offer my deepest gratitude to all those who helped with the Aldersgate Retreat.
Ann, Ellen, Jess, Nicole, Linda, Philip, Kristen, Jim, Wendy, Gary, Karina, Noelle and Mary Beth. Many months of preparation went into creating optimal conditions for all of us to feel nourished in every way. We all did and it was beautiful. You are a true band of Bodhisattvas. A special thank you to Ann, without whom, we might not have had retreats in RI at all. It was through her vision and dedication that we have been able to deepen our practice together.
We will have another opportunity to gather tomorrow evening at 6 PM at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd. in Matunuck. We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation (in the garden, weather permitting), I will offer a short talk about our practices for transforming our mental formations and being peace. We are fortunate that our teacher has given us the gift of his lifetime of practice looking deeply into the causes of war...and finding out that the wars within individuals lead to war. He has given us practices to help us to transform the conflicts in ourselves and with others. We will share the Dharma  and enjoy each other's company. I hope you can be with us.
IMPORTANT  REMINDER...we have baby birds living on our front door...so approach mindfully and be gentle with the door!
The Blue Cliff Monastery is offering a number of wonderful retreats this year. Please check them out atbluecliffmonatery.org. One that is coming up this November is one for Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and they are asking for our support in terms of scholarship donations... please see below. If you are able, this would be a lovely way to commemorate Memorial Day.
This from Clare....
"URI's Center for Nonviolence Summer Institute will have its community meal on June 9 at 6PM. The Clear Heart sangha has been a contributor to this important annual gathering that is resonant with our practice.  People are welcome to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to the meal (entrees, green salad and drinks will be provided). This institute includes students from many different countries and it is a gift to support their training in nonviolence and peace studies and to learn about various projects locally and worldwide. Please call Clare at 401-741-6846 if you are able to attend. We are also seeking people to help with set-up beforehand or clean up afterwards. Jennifer Cawley will have some of her artwork displayed at the time of the Institute as well."
Speaking of artwork, our friend Noelle is showing her art work until June 1 at the Atria Harborhill Gallery at 159 Division St. in East Greenwich. She does beautiful work .... if you would like to water some seeds of joy in yourself you might like to check it out!
I hope to be able to be with all of you tomorrow evening,
with much love and the miracle of birds happening for you,

nest 5 days old.JPG



Please support this special upcoming retreat!* 

A mindfulness retreat for Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will be offered this November 2014 at Blue Cliff Monastery. *Please consider sponsoring a veteran* or *donating to the scholarship fund* for this retreat. Donations can be received at the TNH Foundation online or by mail with the designation “BCM Veterans retreat” in the subject line. *To sponsor a vet, please see the attached Sponsorship form.*

The retreat, entitled “*Welcome Home: How to Truly Come Home”,*will be offered November 5-9, 2014 at Blue Cliff Monastery, Pine Bush, New York. The retreat fee is $400/person (sliding scale & scholarships available).

*For those who have served our country in time of war, coming home is not an easy road. This retreat offers safe and healing practices for coming home to ourselves and learning to manage strong feelings of anger, fear, despair and loneliness. We offer this mindfulness-based retreat for Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and their spouses/partners to support understanding, healing and peace for all. Designed for veterans new to the practice of mindfulness, as well as those with previous meditation experience, the retreat will offer mindfulness practices specifically tailored for veterans and their spouses/partners, skillfully guided by Br. Phap Uyen, who is both a monk and a veteran (Desert Storm/Desert Shield), together with veterans who have used these practices to heal and transform the suffering of their own experiences of war.*

“*With practice, [the spirit of generosity] forms our actions, * 

*and our hearts will grow stronger and lighter*.”

~ Jack Kornfield