10-10-14 Sangha Update.... Let's Celebrate!


Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well happy and enjoying this glorious fall we have been having. It is such a wonderful reminder of impermanence. We want to take in every bit of the beauty as we know it won't last....it makes it so precious!

Speaking of precious, our wonderful teacher, Thay turns eighty-eight tomorrow!!! He has given us a priceless gift. If you would like to wish him a happy continuation day and offer him a gift of your practice...there is information below as to how to go about doing that.

Speaking of precious...we will have a precious opportunity to come together on Sunday evening at 6 PM at the home of Cindy and John West. directions are below. We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation and will continue to practice with Thay's book, "Reconciliation".There is no need to have read the book and all are welcome. I hope you will be able to join us.

The Generations Sangha...we meet the second Saturday of each month at 10 AM at the Westminster Unitarian Church on Kenyon Avenue in East Greenwch, RI. So we will be meeting tomorrow. It's for folks of all ages and is a lot of fun! If you can come and support this growing sangha that would be lovely.

There will also be our regular OI/Aspiirant gathering for those of you who are local on the third Saturday, Oct 18 at 10 AM at the Bell Street Chapel  in Providence. This is open to Order members and Aspirants and anyone who is interested in learning more about our practice. This is held right after the Radiant Bell Sangha meeting which will go from 8-9:30 AM. for any of you who would like to sit with the Sangha before the meeting. I hope you will be able to come.

We will have a recitation of the Fourteen Trainings and share the Dharma.The next book we will look at will be "One Buddha is Not Enough"...based on transcripts from the 2009 Colorado Retreat which Thay was unable to attend due to ill-health. The retreat went on beautifully and the book contains Dharma talks by the monastics and Lay teachers, as well as commentary about Thay's hospital stay, along with letters he sent to the retreatants from the hospital.  Thay was so happy that his continuation was manifesting so beautifully.

Help needed... There is also a Veteran's retreat coming up at Blue Cliff. They are looking for financial support in the form of scholarships. Please help if you are able...the information is below.

Upcoming Days of Mindfulness....if you have friends in CT or ME who might like to join us, please let them know....

Greater Hartford Sangha’s Fall Day of Mindfulness Saturday, October 25, 2014 Village for Families and Children, Hartford This is always a lovely day. I hope you will be able to join us. The event will include a transmission ceremony of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. If you or someone you know would like to receive formal transmission,  applications to receive or renew the trainings are due to Joanne by October 18, 2014. Registration information and applications are available atjoannefriday.com/calendar

Day of Mindfulness in Portland, Maine Saturday, November 8, 2014 – 9:30 am to 4:00 pm Peaceful Harbor Sangha offers “Deepening Our Personal Practice: A Day of Mindfulness in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with Dharma Teacher Joanne Friday” More information and registration instructions:joannefriday.com/calendar Contact for questions: John Kavanaugh, tyrannis220@gmail.com or 207-228-5024

As most of you know, I have been out of touch quite a bit due to the ill health of both my father and Richard's parents...we have 3 parents between 91-94! (my father will turn 95 later this month!) It has been a wonderful opportunity to deepen my practice, but I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. I am home now...and will be for the next week...so please give a call or send an email if I have missed any communications.

I will look forward to connecting with all of you....in the meantime, I hope you are enjoying every moment of the miracle of autumn.

with much love, many hugs and the freedom of a leaf, letting go for you, Joanne

Join Us in Celebrating Thich Nhat Hanh's 88th Birthday!

We know that the teacher is in the student and the student is in the teacher. We inter-are. Thay continues in all of us and we continue in him. Our greatest gift to Thay is the recognition that we are a part of his continuation. In celebration of Thay's 88th year, we would like to offer him a gift. Here is what Thay has said is the greatest gift we can offer him:

Of course we can buy a present from the market and we put a lot of love into it. But to tell you the truth, my hut in Upper Hamlet in not large enough to store all these kinds of presents. I would like to have a kind of present that I can enjoy every day and you also can enjoy every day - a present that can last for a long time, a present of the heart. I think that the best kind of present you may like to offer is a promise that you are sure you can honor, like: "Dear Thay, I promise that from now on, every time I hold a cup of tea, I will see the cloud in the tea and the cloud within myself." That kind of present would be wonderful. Don't make a big promise, like: "Dear Thay, I promise that from now on every step I make will be in mindfulness." That may be a little bit too difficult! So, look deeply and make the kind of promise that you believe you can honor. Not too much, just one. And the maximum is two...I suggest only one promise...the kind of promise you are sure you will do. Just a little promise that will last all your life. That would be the most wonderful birthday present for Thay.

So this year, in honor of Thay's 88th Continuation Day, we invite you to offer a present of the heart - send Thay your promise via Facebook, Twitter, or email this Saturday, OCTOBER 11th.

You can share your promise via Facebook using the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation Facebook page, via Twitter @TNHFound using the #HappyContinuation, or by email using the address:  info@ThichNhatHanhFoundation.org

Let Thay know that you are there and the practice is alive in you.

Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation 2499 Melru Lane Escondido, CA 92026 (760) 291-1003 ext 104