10-4-14 Sangha Update

Each moment you are alive is a gem,shining through and containing Earth and sky, water and clouds.

It needs you to breathe gently for the miracles to be displayed. Suddenly you hear the birds singing, the pines chanting, see the flowers blooming,...

from Our True Heritage by Thich Nhat Hanh full poem below

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and happy and dancing in the rain!

I have included a few of the photos (below) from our wonderful Sangha Picnic at Colt State Park. (I will try to figure out how to post all of them....) Thanks to all of you who came and contributed your true presence as well as luscious food, games, songs, music, dance, juggling, kite flying, etc, etc, etc, A beautiful day, a beautiful place, lots of fun....we were truly joyfully together!

This is just a reminder that we will be gathering again tomorrow evening at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, at the Lily Pads complex on North Rd in Peace Dale. We will have sitting meditation, Ann G will offer a talk about  the Chapter on the Three Jewels from Heart of the Buddha's Teachings and we will have a recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. I hope that you will be able to be with us.

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

I will also be offering a Day of Mindfulness in Portland ME on Nov. 8 and one in NYC at Riverside Church on Nov 15. More info will be available soon!

with much love, many hugs, and hoping that the rain is watering all of your seeds of joy, Joanne

WHAT FUN!

Our True Heritage by Thich Nhat Hanh from "Call Me By My True Names"

The cosmos is filled with precious gems. I want to offer a handful of them to you this morning Each moment you are alive is a gem, shining through and containing Earth and sky, water and clouds.

It needs you to breathe gently for the miracles to be displayed. Suddenly you hear the birds singing, the pines chanting, see the flowers blooming, the blue sky, the white clouds, the smile and the marvelous look of your beloved.

You, the richest person on Earth, who have been going around begging for a living, stop being the destitute child. Come back and claim your heritage. We should enjoy our happiness and offer it to everyone. Cherish this very moment., Let go of the stream of distress and embrace life fully in your arms.