4-4-15 Sangha Update

View from the airplane window... Block Island welcomes us home with love!

Contemplation

Since the moon is full tonight, let us call upon the stars in prayer. The power of concentration, seen through the bright, one-pointed mind, is shaking the universe.

All living beings are present tonight to witness the ocean of fear flooding the Earth.

Upon the sound of the midnight bell, everyone in the ten directions joins hands and enters the meditation on Mahakaruna.

Compassion springs from the heart, as pure, refreshing water, healing the wounds of life.

From the highest peak of the Mind Mountain, the blessed water streams down, penetrating rice fields and orange groves.

The poisonous snake drinks a drop of this nectar from the tip of a blade of grass, and the poison on its tongue vanishes.

Mara‘s arrow’s are transformed into fragrant flowers.

The wondrous action of the healing water– a mysterious transformation! A child now holds the snake in her innocent arms.

Leaves are still green in the ancient garden. The shimmering sunlight smiles on the snow, and the sacred spring still flows toward the East.

On Avalokita‘s willow branch, or in my heart, the healing water is the same.

Tonight all weapons fall at our feet and turn to dust.

One flower, two flowers, millions of little flowers appear in the green fields.

The gate of deliverance opens with a smile on the lips of my innocent child.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well, happy and enjoying this Full Moon day and Thay's poem about it and about peace at this sacred time of  Passover and Easter. May his vision manifest....and may we do all that we can to help it be so.

We can do that by  gathering tomorrow evening 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 Kate will facilitate a sharing about the next chapter in "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching" on the Six Paramitas. We will also recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings and share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.

I am happy to say that  our Sangha sister Sandy Laub will be starring in a production about Golda Meir with the Contemporary Theater Company...and she's Golda! The information is below.....It should be wonderful! Congratulations, Sandy.

Please continue to hold Adria in your prayers and meditations. Her surgery was successful, but the last I heard from her, there were a couple complications that she was dealing with post-surgery. So please hold her in your hearts and send love to adria@uri.edu.

Please continue to hold Thay in your prayers also. I have not received a new update, so I have no new news to share.

The Planning Team for the Aldersgate Retreat asked me to let you all know that the Aldersgate Retreat is now full with a fairly lengthy wait list...so registration is now closed.

Please remember to contact Cindy West if you would like to communicate with fellow Sangha members through the google group she has created. You can reach her at westnest5@verizon.net

Please also remember that there will be a  retreat  offered by the Boston Old Path Sangha from June 12-17 with wonderful teachers...Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen. If you can make it, it whould be wonderful...info below.

Lots and lots of opportunities to deepen our power of concentration, seen through the bright, one-pointed mind, and shake the universe. Let's do it!

with much love and deepest gratitude for all of you, Joanne

Mindfulness as the Foundation for Healing, Peace and Happiness

June 12-17, 2015 Sponsored by Boston Old Path Sangha With Dharma Teachers Anh-Huong and Thu Nguyen Prindle Pond Conference Center, Charlton, MA For Information and to Register Visit http://bostonoldpath.org