11-1-14 Sangha Update

Ahhhhhh.......Autumn!Lots to be thankful for!!!!

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you well and happy and warm and cozy on this chilly autumn morning.

This is a reminder that there will be a gathering tomorrow evening at 6 at the Unitarian church at the Lily Pads complex on North Road in Peace Dale. Clare will facilitate the meeting and Phyllis will offer a synopsis of the next chapter in the Heart of the Buddha's Teachings. There will be a sitting meditation, a recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings and a sharing of the Dharma. I hope you will be able to attend... and .....your chances will be better if you set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed tonight!.

SAVE THE DATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We will have a Thanksgiving vegetarian potluck on Sunday, Nov 16th at our house before the regular Sangha meeting. We will gather at 3 to share some songs and enjoy being together...we will have  dinner at 4 and there will be lots to be thankful for...I hope you will be able to be with us.

Next Saturday there will be a gathering of the Generations Sangha at the Westminster Unitarian Church in East Greenwich from 10-11:30 followed by a time for fellowship and snacks. This is a lovely gathering for people of all ages.

On Saturday the 15th there will be an OI/Aspirant gathering at the Bell Street Church in Providence...at 10. This is open to any who are interested in deepening their understanding of our practice along with Order members and Aspirants.

I had been invited to offer a Day of Mindfulness at Riverside Church in NYC on the 15th of November....this has been rescheduled to Jan 17th. Martin Luther King weekend. Most of you know how passionate I am about Dr. King...so if you or anyone you know will be in Manhattan at that time, please save the date and join us!

Please remember that there are lots of opportunities to practice...go to any of the monastery websites...Blue Cliff, Deer Park, Plum Village or Magnolia Grove....there are practices, talks  and retreats offered. Enjoy!!!

Richard and I would like to thank all of you for your loving notes, care and support in the wake of his father's death. They have been very nourishing at this difficult time.

I hope that you will be able to be with us for at least some of these gatherings and in the meantime, I hope you enjoy every minute.

with much love and  the freedom of a raindrop returning to the puddle for you, Joanne