1-9-15 Sangha Update

Wishing you every blessing for the New Year.

“In mindfulness one is not only restful and happy, but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.”

“If we do not know how to take care of ourselves and to love ourselves, we cannot take care of the people we love. Loving oneself is the foundation for loving another person.”

“To be beautiful means to be yourself.You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. When you are born a lotus flower, be a beautiful lotus flower, don't try to be a magnolia flower. If you crave acceptance and recognition and try to change yourself to fit what other people want you to be, you will suffer all your life. True happiness and true power lie in understanding yourself, accepting yourself, having confidence in yourself.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all warm and cozy and accepting yourself!

Thank you to all of you who participated in the New Year's Ceremony. It was very rich. I was so moved to learn about all of the ancestors who are alive in us and the New Year was rung in with one of the most beautiful bell meditations ever!

This Sunday there will be a gathering at 6:00 at the home of Cindy and John West (directions are below) There will be a sitting and walking meditation, we will continue looking at Thay's book on Reconciliation and share the Dharma.

The response to the Day of Mindfulness for Facilitating from Within in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh on Saturday, January 24  has been much greater than we anticipated. We have only a few spaces left, so if you want to join us please register now. (the form is below)We also have about a dozen friends visiting from out of state and still need housing for a couple. So if any of you could offer a guest room, please contact Deirdre at drobinsong@gmail.com who has been doing a wonderful job of coordinating guests with hosts (thank you, Deirdre!)

HELP NEEDED! We also need some volunteers to help with refreshments for the day. If you can help us out, please rsvp Thank you!

There will be a gathering of the Generations Sangha this coming Saturday at the Westminster Unitarian Church in East Greenwich from 10-11:30. This is open to all ages. There will be some singing...we share the Dharma  -and this time there will be a special project for the children ( bring paint friendly clothes!) and the focus will be on new beginnings. From 11:30-12 we share some snacks and friendship...It's always a delight.I hope you will be able to join us.

There will be an OI/Aspirant meeting on Saturday the 17th at the Bell Street Chapel from 10-12noon. There will be a Recitation Ceremony of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings and a sharing of our practice. Everyone has been invited to practice with the first of the Five Mindfulness Trainings...to choose a part of the Training that resonates with you and devise a practice for yourself. (I have included the training below)  I have been using ...... Seeing that harmful actions arise from anger, fear, greed, and intolerance, which in turn come from dualistic and discriminative thinking, I will cultivate openness, non-discrimination, and non-attachment to views in order to transform violence, fanaticism, and dogmatism in myself and in the world. Watching my attachment to views and anger, fear, greed, etc....It's a very deep practice! There is a meeting of the Radiant Bell Sangha from 8-9:30...before our meeting. You all are welcome to attend that also if you feel so moved!

There is a lovely book that I have been reading called

"The Kindness Diaries: One Man's Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World" by Leon Logothetis. A stockbroker's life is transformed when he sets out to go around the world without money depending on the kindness of strangers. Their generosity helps him to heal and transform and his generosity helps them to do the same. Enjoy!

There is a reason why the Buddha made generosity one of the paramitas...the qualities we need to cultivate in order to be free...it is a true gift to ourselves!

with much love and the pure joy of interbeing with you, Joanne

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)!

 

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REGISTRATION FOR THE JANUARY 24TH DAY OF MINDFULNESS

FACILITATING FROM WITHIN IN THE TRADITION OF THICH NHAT HANH 10-3:30 First Unitarian Church, 1 Benevolent St. (at the corner of Benefit)  Providence, RI

WE LOOK FORWARD TO BEING JOYFULLY TOGETHER

PLEASE FILL THIS OUT AND RETURN IT TO SUSAN GLOGOVAC AT     Susan.Glogovac@csulb.edu for info you can contact her at 401-861-1457

 

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• Please bring a brown bag lunch. • Please bring your cushion or bench if you use one…chairs are provided • Please arrive a bit early so we can start on time, parking may take a little time. There is a small parking lot off of Benefit St. • There is no fee for the day, but Dana would be appreciated to help us to cover expenses.

IF THERE ARE PARTICULAR THINGS YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE BE ADDRESSED DURING OUR TIME TOGETHER PLEASE WRITE THEM BELOW. THANK YOU

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THE FIRST OF THE FIVE MINDFULNESS TRAININGS The Five Mindfulness Trainings represent the Buddhist vision for a global spirituality and ethic. They are a concrete expression of the Buddha’s teachings on the Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path, the path of right understanding and true love, leading to healing, transformation, and happiness for ourselves and for the world. To practice the Five Mindfulness Trainings is to cultivate the insight of interbeing, or Right View, which can remove all discrimination, intolerance, anger, fear, and despair. If we live according to the Five Mindfulness Trainings, we are already on the path of a bodhisattva. Knowing we are on that path, we are not lost in confusion about our life in the present or in fears about the future.

Reverence For Life

Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I am committed to cultivating the insight of interbeing and compassion and learning ways to protect the lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to support any act of killing in the world, in my thinking, or in my way of life. Seeing that harmful actions arise from anger, fear, greed, and intolerance, which in turn come from dualistic and discriminative thinking, I will cultivate openness, non-discrimination, and non-attachment to views in order to transform violence, fanaticism, and dogmatism in myself and in the world.