1-31-15 Sangha Update

 photo by Alex Zima
A Beloved Community gathered for the Day of Mindfulness!
Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . ."”
“Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” 
Albert Camus
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” 
Elbert Hubbard
“We'll be Friends Forever, won't we, Pooh?' asked Piglet.
Even longer,' Pooh answered.” 
A.A.Milne - Winnie the Pooh
“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” 
A.A. Milne



Dear Friends,

Thank you to all of you who weathered the storm and came to the Day of Mindfulness on the 24th. It was so moving to see how many people have benefited from the practice and want to be able to share it with others skillfully. You are a band of Bodhisattvas! It pointed out the need for doing this a bit more often...so for those of you who were not able to be with us...I hope you will be able to join us the next time...and....in the meantime....
We have a chance to be joyfully together tomorrow night at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County at the Lily Pads complex on North Rd in Peace Dale at 6 PM.
We will enjoy sitting meditation and Ann G will  offer an overview of the chapter on the Five Powers from The Heart of the Buddha's Teachings  and we will recite the Five Trainings and share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.
Another great way to connect would be to sign up to be included on the list serve that Cindy is creating...some have already made use of it to organize a carpool to the Day of Mindfulness. It is a wonderful opportunity for sangha members to communicate directly with each other. You must be invited to join...and all that entails is writing a note to Cindy at westnest5@verizon.net
and she will get you signed up!
Also you might like to join us for this.....The URI Chaplain's Association will be offering a workshop during Martin Luther King Jr. Week on Deep Listening on the topic of racism and discrimination. It will be held on Wednesday, February 4 at 7 PM in the Hardge Forum in the Multicultural Center. The audience will be offered instruction in Deep Listening. Deep Listening is listening without an opinion or view, to simply be present to understand the person who is speaking. At this workshop we will be listening to students of color offer their experiences of discrimination. Afterwards, there will be an opportunity for all of those present to share our experience of listening. We will not be engaging in a debate or argument, but simply speaking of our experience and any insights we might have had by allowing ourselves to simply listen.Information is available at http://web.uri.edu/mcc/
Also, you might need a good laugh....and this is the best school closing announcement I have ever seen....from the Head of School at Moses Brown...
with much love, many hugs and the clear light of a crisp winter day for you,
PS. An opportunity for engaged practice, if you are so moved.... There is now debate in Congress about the Keystone pipeline...It has passed and is awaiting the President's veto. Sheldon Whitehouse has been a vocal critic of the project...you can contact him at  http://www.whitehouse.senate.gov/contact/      If you would like to find out about the five pipeline explosions that have happened during the month of January in the US...one of which loosed 3 million gallons of brine from fracking into a nearby river.....go to ......