“We must strive to be like the moon.' An old man in Kabati repeated this sentence often... the adage served to remind people to always be on their best behavior and to be good to others. [S]he said that people complain when there is too much sun and it gets unbearably hot, and also when it rains too much or when it is cold. But, no one grumbles when the moon shines. Everyone becomes happy and appreciates the moon in their own special way. Children watch their shadows and play in its light, people gather at the square to tell stories and dance through the night. A lot of happy things happen when the moon shines. These are some of the reasons why we should want to be like the moon.”― Ishmael Beah
It is a glorious full moon night. I hope you are enjoying every minute of it.
This is just a note to avoid confusion....Since tomorrow is the 5th Sunday there is no Sangha gathering...We will gather next Sunday, September 6 at the Unitarian Church in Peace Dale.
I have included information sent to me from the monastics at Blue Cliff about upcoming events in New York City. If you will be in the city or have friends who will be, please let them know....more info is available at bluecliffmonastery.org.
In the meantime, count your blessings instead of sheep...and you'll go to sleep counting your blessings....sweet dreams!
with much love and the lullaby of a chorus of crickets for you, Joanne
New York Now ~ Saturday, September 12, 10:30AM – 3PM Urban Day of Mindfulness Join us in a calming, uplifting and free event led by sixty monastics in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Spend the day with us practicing sitting, walking, and eating meditation in the heart of the city, followed by Deep Relaxation. Click here for link.
Mindfulness: Stop Waiting, Start Living ~ Saturday, September 12, 7 - 9PM Public Talk The highlight of the day will be a Public Talk at New York’s historic Town Hall at 7pm. The evening’s program includes a guided meditation and teachings on mindfulness. The talk will be given by Sister Jina (Chan Dieu Nghiem) and Brother Dharma Embrace (Chan Phap Dung) followed by a Q & A. Bios below. Tickets are $28.50
Bring your friends, family and colleagues to introduce them to the practice!
Reserve your seat online by clicking here now. (additional fees for Ticket Master apply)
Reduced price tickets are available in person at The Town Hall Box Office (without the Ticket Master fee.) 123 West 43rd Street (between 6th Avenue & Broadway) 212-997-6661 Rush tickets will be available on the day of the Public Talk if any remain, at the Box Office for half price, cash only.
This day is a perfect opportunity for beginners to learn about mindfulness and a chance for experienced practitioners to be nourished by the international Sangha. What a great way to spend a Saturday in New York! All are welcome.
Additional Events There will also be many other events in New York City during the week including a groundbreaking concert, “The Music of Mindfulness” on Friday, September 11 from 7:30 – 9:30PM. Click here for the full listing.
Help us promote these events by inviting your friends, family, and work colleagues by forwarding this email now. It could change their lives. It will be a wonderful opportunity to taste the transformative practice of peace in every step.
May you be peaceful and well The Monastic Sangha of Blue Cliff Monastery, New York