8-15-15 Sangha Update

coopers hawkAn adolescent hawk taking a bath in our yard. A first for us...and probably for him!

“The thought manifests as the word; The word manifests as the deed; The deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character; So watch the thought and its ways with care, And let it spring from love Born out of concern for all beings.” Dhammapada

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and happy and having loving thoughts.We have been enjoying watching the young hawks as they fledge and learn all they need to learn to get by in the world. What a miracle life on the planet is!

We can create conditions for more loving thoughts  tomorrow (Sunday)  evening at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd. in Wakefield at 6 PM.We will enjoy sitting meditation, walking meditation in the garden (weather permitting) I will offer a talk and we will share the Dharma.  I hope you will be able to be with us.

Upcoming Events...

The RI Community of Mindfulness will be having it's annual Sangha Picnic at Colt State Park in Bristol on Saturday, September 26. from 11 -3 at site #3! Please come and bring a vegetarian dish, a poem, a game, a song, an instrument, etc. to share. It's a wonderful opportunity to get together with folks from all the  sanghas and share a lot of fun in a beautiful setting. I hope you will be able to join us.

Ginny Fox and the Peace Flag Project are once again sponsoring a Peace Day Festival to commemorate the International Day of Peace. There will be lots of activities during the day....see schedule below...and then the annual Peace Walk will take place from 4-5 in Burnside Park. I hope that you will all be able to come and join us.

Also, there is an opportunity to be with us for a weekend retreat in October. The New London Community of Mindfulness is offering a retreat at Senexet House in Woodstock, CT from Oct 16-18. Stopping, Calming, and Taming the Wild Mind: Practices for being at peace in our daily lives If you are interested in joining us, please go to joannefriday.com/calendar for details and registration info.

with much love and the deep peace of a starry night for you,, Joanne

The Peace Day  - Sept 19   is a three-part event this year, and we think it will be both meaningful and fun. The schedule is:

**   The Peace Festival, Burnside Park will offer lots of activities for children and adults, and we will also have tables for nonprofits to highlight their wonderful work and offer a small activity at their table. (  1:00 to 3:00 pm)

**   Flash Mob Peace Dance, Kennedy Plaza. This is our exciting new entry for a Peace Day event. We're planning to have a few groups dance on the Plaza, and we'll end with a lovely slow peaceful dance that everyone can join in.  We're going to invite Gina Raimondo, Jorge Elorza, the Providence City Council, mayors of RI cities (and maybe more officials) along with the clergy to join us. You, too, can join this last one too; we hope the interfaith clergy will join us, but it's an individual choice. (between   3:00 & 4:00 pm) We hope you will dance with us.

** Peace Walk, around Burnside Park. (between 4:00 &   5:00 pm) __________________________________________________________ Our True Home, by Thich Nhat Hanh Did you know you had a true home? This question touches everybody. Even if you have the feeling that you don’t belong to any land, to any country, to any geographical spot, to any cultural heritage, or to any particular ethnic group, you have a true home. When you were in your mother’s body, you felt at home. Perhaps you long for a return to that place of peace and safety. But now, inside of your own body, you can come home. Your true home is in the here and the now. It is not limited by time, space, nationality, or race. Your true home is not an abstract idea. It is something you can touch and live in every moment. With mindfulness and concentration, the energies of the Buddha, you can find your true home in the full relaxation of your mind and body in the present moment. No one can take it away from you. Other people can occupy your country, they can even put you in prison, but they cannot take away your true home and your freedom. When we stop speaking and thinking and enjoy deeply our in- and out-breath, we are enjoying being in our true home and we can touch deeply the wonders of life. This is the path shown to us by the Buddha. When you breathe in, you bring all yourself together, body and mind; you become one. And equipped with that energy of mindfulness and concentration, you may take a step. You have the insight that this is your true home—you are alive, you are fully present, you are touching life as a reality. Your true home is a solid reality that you can touch with your feet, with your hands, and with your mind. - Thich Nhat Hanh, in "Returning Home".