4-6-15 Sangha Update

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower Drives my green age
Dylan Thomas
every cell of the tulip knows exactly what to do....
amazing wisdom in every cell....
just like us!
me
Dear Friends,
It was lovely to be with you last evening....especially wonderful to have Adria with us....as she recovers from her surgery!  I hope you are all enjoying this bright spring day.
This is a reminder that the gathering next Sunday at 6 PM will be at the West home...directions below.
There will be sitting/walking/sitting and we will continue to look at Thay's book, "Reconciliation."
I hope you are able to attend.
CHANGE OF VENUE!!!!
We will not be able to host the third Sunday, April 19  meeting, so Cindy has agreed to offer that sitting at her home also. Please make note of this change!!! Thank you, Cindy!
There has been wonderful news from Plum Village...Thay is back at his hermitage to continue his recovery!
Please see below and continue to hold him in your prayers.
There are many wonderful talks by Thay available on youtube and tnhaudio.com.  ...and purely for your enjoyment and to help deepen our understanding of his delightful sense of playfulness....I posted a video of him playing with the children at a retreat on my Facebook page....for those of you who can connect.
with much love and the energy of  spring bud for you,
Joanne
Official Announcement
Plum Village, France
April 6, 2015
To all Plum Village Practice Centers, To all Practice Centers and Sanghas World Wide, To our Dear Beloved Friends,

We are happy to report that Thay's health has continued to improve at the specialist stroke rehabilitation clinic in Bordeaux, where he has been steadily recovering his strength.
In the warm spring weather in the last few weeks, Thay has been able to enjoy going outside, sitting under a tree and listening to birdsong, drinking a cup of tea and enjoying the sound of the bell.

This week the medical team have given their approval for Thay to leave the rehabilitation clinic and return to his Hermitage at Plum Village. We are deeply grateful to the entire medical team at the University Hospital in Bordeaux for their professionalism and wholehearted care to support Thay's healing over the past four and half months.

Thay expressed his clear wish to return home, and arrived on Friday April 3, in time to enjoy the beautiful magnolia blossoms and the first spring leaves as they unfurl. We are all very glad that Thay can come back to his spiritual home, where his devoted team of monastic attendants are continuing to support him and care for him 24 hours a day, under the guidance of visiting doctors and nurses.

We hope that in the nourishing and peaceful environment of Plum Village, and with the support of on-site physical therapy and speech therapy, Thay will have favourable conditions to treat his hemiparesis and make progress in swallowing and recovering his speech.

We would like to thank our global spiritual family for your loving energy and support. Thay's journey of recovery will be long, and we thank you for continuing to send him your prayers and energy of compassion and healing.

It has been a pleasure to welcome so many of you at our monastic practice centers in America, Europe and Asia in the past few months as we walk, hand in hand, the beautiful path of awakening that Thay has opened up for us all.

With love and trust,
The Monks and Nuns of Plum Village
Future official reports on Thay's recovery will be posted from time to time at plumvillage.orglangmai.orgvillagedespruniers.org, and www.facebook.com/thichnhathanh.

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)!