May all beings be able to stop and smell the lilacs.
May all beings be peace.
I hope you are all well and enjoying this lovely day. This is the anniversary of VE-Day and we are with my 95 year old father who was there. His comment when told what day it was...."I think we need to figure out a better way of resolving arguments." He never has spoken about the war...but now he told us about being in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest on the border of Germany and Belgium...the battle lasted from Sept-Dec 1944....120,000 American troops of which 33,000 died....86,000 German troops, of which 28,000 died....so ...over 60,000 people lost their lives in three months...more than the number of American lives lost in the entire Vietnam War. Having been there, I think my father is an expert on what happens when we don't figure out a better way to resolve arguments. I am so grateful for our practice which gives us practices to resolve all conflicts however small....if we choose to do so.
There will be an opportunity to deepen our practice tomorrow evening at 6 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County at the Lily Pads complex on North Rd in Peace Dale. There will be a sitting meditation, Cindy will offer an overview of the next chapter in "The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching" which focuses on the 12 Links of Interdependent Co-Arising, which offer us a model for viewing all of the causes and conditions that come together in order for our lives to manifest as they do.... there will be a recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings and a sharing of the Dharma. I hope you will be able to attend.
I was notified that registration for the Cape Sangha Retreat is now open. It tends to fill up quickly, so if you would like to attend, here is the information for registration
Thursday, September 10 – Sunday, September 13, 2015
Craigville Retreat Center, Centerville, MA
Space is limited. For registration info, download flyer and registration form here: cape-sangha-retreat-2015
Please remember the URI potluck on Monday...I will put all of the info that I sent out the other day at the bottom of this email
I hope you will be able to attend tomorrow and in the meantime, I hope that you are enjoying all of the wonders of life....here is a one minute video to help you do exactly that...one of the most amazing wonders of all! Enjoy!
then click this....
with much love and gratitude for all of you,
This is from Clare. For more info you can contact her at email@example.com.
I hope you are well and your garden is flourishing with the needed rain. Typically, we have a lot more notice but not this year. The URI Nonviolence International Summer institute has begun and the beloved community potluck will be held this coming Monday, June 8 beginning at 6 pm . Sangha members who participated in the past have been very happy to meet some of the students who are from 14 countries and 13 states. It is especially exciting to hear about the work they are doing in nonviolence in their home countries. There is a program on Thursday, June 4 that will feature the work by several of the students and Wednesday, June 10 , there will be a panel including Doc Lafayette, Prof. David Ragland and rev. Cori Bush entitled, "From Selma to Ferguson: The March continues". These programs which are free and open to the public will take place in the Hardge forum of URIs Multiultural Center beginning at 7 pm .
Please pass the word onto sangha members.