10-18-14 Sangha Update

Counting our Blessings

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.” Henry Ward Beecher

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.” Steve Mariboli - from Unapologetically You

Dear Friends,

I hope that this finds you all well and happy, enjoying this glorious autumn  and counting your blessings!

We will have an opportunity to do that tomorrow evening. There will be a gathering at our home at 6 PM.  We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation and sharing the Dharma. Richard will be facilitating the meeting. I hope you will be able to attend.

Thank you all for your kind notes and love and care during this difficult time for Richard and me. Your love and care are deeply appreciated. I have included Richard's father's obituary below.

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…for information contact office@bluecliffmonastery.org

One of the Sanghas in CT is asking for help for a member of the Sangha who is homeless. If you are able to help, there is information 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 at joannefriday.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

To water some seeds of joy, I am including a youtube which I love...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZpGe5rNJkI

Enjoy and know...I'll think of you as I go. with much love, many hugs and the freedom of a leaf sailing on an autumn breeze for you, Joanne

Thomas J. Friday, Jr., 91, of Springhouse Estates, passed away on October 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Eleanor (Baltz) Friday for 65 years. Thomas was born in Philadelphia, PA on September 9, 1923 to the late Thomas J., Sr. and Esther (Steiner) Friday. Thomas served his country with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during WWII as a Fighter Pilot and Landing Signal Officer aboard the USS Lexington. A Temple University alumnus, he had a career as a Manufacturers Sales Representative for his company Thomas J. Friday, Inc.  Thomas enjoyed gardening, dancing and big band music. He was also a skilled craftsman, metalworker and had a keen interest in electronics. Along with his wife Eleanor, he is survived by his children: Richard Friday (Joanne) of Rhode Island, Pamela Friday of Lansdale; a sister Phoebe Wald of WA. He was predeceased by his brother Daniel Friday. Services were held privately. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758517 Topeka, KS 66675. Condolences may be made at www.ciavarellifuneralhomes.com.

REQUEST FOR HELP FOR A SANGHA MEMBER

I write on behalf of a dear sangha brother of mine.He has been a dedicated practitioner in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh for many years, practicing with several sanghas including the Earth Holder sangha in Southbury and the Po Jama sangha in Manchester.  Recently,he has suffered several setbacks; he has lost a close family member, had a return of health issues, lost his job and lost his home.  He is currently living in a homeless shelter and trying to find work and get back on his feet.  He has some job possibilities and requires money and material resources until he is settled.  I am reaching out to the larger sangha to ask for assistance.

Dana, generosity, has always been a strong aspect of our traditions.  Today I ask if anyone can contribute whatever they are comfortable with to help  out.  The immediate need is for approximately five hundred dollars,  some of which has been raised already. Depending on when he  finds work, he may need some additional money as well.  Any amount will help, and will go a long way in assisting him while he is searching for work; helping him with clothes, doctor bills, food, etc. as well as a place to live.

Thank you all for your support and your kindness.  Please contact me at acvercko@gmail.com, my home 860-238-7136, or cell 860-709-0863 if you feel moved to help.

Much Metta, Andrew Cvercko

“For Equilibrium, a Blessing: Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore, May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.

As the wind loves to call things to dance, May your gravity by lightened by grace.

Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth, May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.

As water takes whatever shape it is in, So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what's said, May your sense of irony bring perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames, May your mind stay clear of all it names.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough to hear in the depths the laughter of god.” ― John O'Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings