7-4-15 Sangha Update

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Happy Fourth of July! Happy Interdependence Day!

Dear Friends,

I hope you are celebrating our interdependence and the birth of our country's independence and  enjoying every minute! . We watched a great display of fireworks last evening provided by nature's own  fireflies - zillions of them!!! What a planet!

There is an opportunity to celebrate interbeing at  a gathering tomorrow night at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County at the Lily Pads complex on North Road in Peace Dale at 6 PM. There will be a sitting meditation, Clare will facilitate and Cindy will offer an overview of the second half of the Chapter on the 12 Links of Interdependent Co-arising. This will be followed by a sharing of the Dharma and a recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. I hope you will be able to attend.

I wanted to thank you all for holding me in your prayers...latest report from Sloan Kettering...all tumor markers back to normal! As my oncologist says, my expiration date is not yet up! Thank you, thank you.

Please remember to check bluecliffmonastery.com and morningsuncommunity.com for listings for upcoming retreats that are being offered. Lots of wonderful opportunities to deepen our practice.

Although we keep engaging in conflicts to achieve freedom or protect it....the Buddha gave us practices to resolve all conflicts, however small, within our selves and with others. We are very lucky....let's use them and celebrate!

With much love and the joy of interbeing with all of you, Joanne