8-10-14 Sangha Update

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and happy and enjoying this beautiful summer.
This is a reminder that this being the second Sunday of the month....there will be a gathering at Cindy and John West's home...directions below. There will be sitting and walking meditation and a Dharma sharing focusing on Thay's book "Reconciliation".
It should be wonderful. I hope you can attend.
There is also a request from Blue Cliff for support for the upcoming Veteran's retreat in November.  There is more information below. I hope that you will consider helping if  you are able.
Please also remember the RI Community of Mindfulness picnic at Colt State Park on September 27th. The Mind Tamers are once again organizing a picnic for the entire Community of Mindfulness. Thank you Mind Tamers! It will take place on Saturday, September 27th at shelter #3 in the beautiful Colt State Park. We  will share a vegetarian potluck picnic and ask everyone to contribute games, stories, songs, poems, etc. It is always a lot of fun. I hope you all will be able to be with us. (I will pass on more info as I receive it)
I hope that you will be able to join us for one or more of the above...and in the meantime, enjoy...

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the Super Moon tonight!
with much love and the miracle of spinning in space with a full moon for you,
Joanne

Once again, I apologize for being out of touch....I am still spending quite a bit of time in PA with my father.
DIRECTIONS TO THE WEST 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)!
HELP NEEDED!
Dear Sangha Friends,

May this find you enjoying a day filled with lightness and ease.  Please excuse this message, if it duplicates one you have already received.

As you may be aware, Thay Phap Uyen (Brother Michael), of Magnolia Grove Monastery, is a veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield.  This November, Brother Michael, supported by the Brothers and Sisters of Blue Cliff and a group of lay practitioners, will offer a healing retreat for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  It is his sincere wish that this be the first in a series of annual retreats that bring healing practices to those who are suffering from traumatic brain injury, PTSD, anger, fear, despair and loneliness.

Many of these veterans have insufficient resources to enable them to travel to and attend the retreat.  The following is a message from Brother Michael --

"Please help make this retreat possible for the people who have been called to serve our country.  Whether we hold a perception that the war was right or wrong, these veterans still have the right to heal after they have been put in harm's way.  PTSD is not an individual problem, it is the problem of our generation.  We all know someone who is in the military or has served.  The rate of suicide and PTSD is rising, and we have a chance to help them.
Each of us can help by sending the link below to our sanghas, friends and family.  If you have a Facebook page, Twitter account, blog or other social media connection, please use it to let people know about this campaign, and encourage them to pass it on to others they know.  We hope you will also offer your financial support, if you are able."

https://www.indiegogo.com/ projects/833381/emal/6373660

More information about the retreat is available on the Blue Cliff Monastery Facebook page.
With a deep bow of gratitude for your practice and your support,
Anne Woods
True Collective Sprin