1-26-16 Sangha Update and Survey

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"How beautiful upon the mountain, are the steps of those who walk in peace. " song by Tom Paxton based on Isaiah 52:7

"The next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha will take the form of a community; a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the Earth." Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindful living protects us and helps us go in the direction of peace.

With the support of friends in the practice, peace has a chance.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and happy and have weathered the storm in fine fashion. Here it was a relatively gentle storm...about a foot of snow and no outages! Just an opportunity to stop and be quiet... what a joy!

Since this coming Sunday is the 5th Sunday of the month, there will not be a Clear Heart Gathering that evening....There will however be a gathering at our home at 2 PM on Sunday for those who are interested in being a part of the Care Taking Committee to help strengthen our community. I offered a doodle poll to come to the best time for the most people to participate. Eleven folks responded as being able to be with us. If there are those of you who would like to participate, but did not respond to the poll, please feel free to join us.

In preparation for our gathering, I am including a very brief (8 question) survey for the whole Sangha to get a sense of what is working for folks and suggestions for strengthening our Sangha. I hope that you will take a few moments to complete and return it. That will be a big help for us.   Thank you, thank you!!!!

I am including a link to a beautiful interview bell hooks did with Thay about the importance of Sangha for the magazine, "The Lion's Roar"...Enjoy!!! Building a Community of Love: bell hooks and Thich Nhat Hanh


REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE MARCH 5 DAY OF MINDFULNESS in Franklin, MA Transforming Suffering - Finding True Refuge in Busy, Troubled Times - This is always a lovely day. We can deepen our practice and enjoy being part of the larger community. I have been invited to offer a Transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings at that time. If you know of anyone who would like to receive formal transmission, please let them know. The application is available at joannefriday.com/calendar...and needs to be returned to me by Feb 27. Reading Thay's "Mindfulness Survival Kit" would be good preparation for anyone who is interested in receiving the Trainings. All of  the registration information is available at joannefriday.com/calendar.

This Buddhist Monk Is An Unsung Hero In The World's Climate Fight     Here is a link  to a wonderfully inspiring article about how  Thay  influenced Christiana Figueres, a UN diplomat from Costa Rica, who organized the world climate summit in Paris. I was especially moved that she took the time to acknowledge the role Thay  played in her life and her activism and to publicly give him credit. We sometimes like to think that all of the accomplishments we have made are because of us. When we can recognize that we are merely the tip of a very large iceberg...when we can look deeply to understand that countless individuals and causes and conditions were necessary for any success we have had....we experience our state of interbeing, the freedom of genuine humility, and the pure joy of gratitude. It is wonderful to know that Christiana Figueres has done that and is in the position she is in.


UPDATE ON CAROL. Carol sends her thanks for all of the prayers. She is back at her home in Cartegena and is making very good progress in healing. Please continue to send prayers and healing energy. and if you would like to send a love note, she is at Teachercjcraig@aol.com

I also hope you will take the time to respond to the survey and I look forward to being with those of you who can join us on Sunday. Until then, I will be......

sending much love and gratitude, Joanne


1. Things I enjoy about the sangha...

2. Things that support my practice of mindfulness.

3 Things I would like to see change within the Sangha.

4. Things the Sangha could do to help support my practice

5.The meetings you normally attend First Sunday __________ Second Sunday _______ Third Sunday _________ Fourth Sunday_________

6. I like meeting at different locales ________ I would prefer one public space for all the meetings________

7. Ways you would like to support the Sangha a. bell minding ______ b. facilitating ________ c.  refreshments _____ d.  help organize Days of Mindfulness______ e.  help create other opportunities for the community to come together________

What activities would you like to see the community involved in? •movie nights ____ •field trips________ •retreats at our monastery________ •social action __________ •other ______________________________________________________________________

8. Any other ideas, suggestions, cares and/or concerns.

Thank you for responding! _(*)_