2-13-16 Sangha Update

to understandHappy Valentine's Day!“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride.. ― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets "If we do not know how to take care of ourselves and to love ourselves, we cannot take care of the people we love. Loving oneself is the foundation for loving another person." — Thích Nhất Hạnh "It is possible to live twenty-four hours a day in a state of love. Every movement, every glance, every thought, and every word can be infused with love." — Thích Nhất Hạnh

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and happy. We just returned from PA where we were able to be with my father when he passed and enjoy a celebration of his life with many of his life-long friends, caregivers and new friends from his assisted living home. I wanted to thank you all for your love notes and notes of condolence. I would especially like to thank you for all of the metta that you were sending our way. It was such a blessing for Richard and me as well as for my father. His obituary is below.

This is just a reminder that we will be gathering with the Sangha tomorrow evening at the home of Cindy and John West at 6PM. ( directions below) We will enjoy sitting/walking/sitting meditation, continue to share readings from the Mindfulness Survival Kit and share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.

I am sorry to have been away for the last 2 weeks...so I am behind. I will have the notes from our Care Taking meeting a bit later this week. I will also be getting caught up with emails.

Registration is now open for the Aldersgate Retreat.. Embracing Our Fears: Healing Ourselves and the World A five-day mindfulness retreat in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with Dharma teacher Joanne Friday May 20-24, 2016 Camp Aldersgate, North Scituate, Rhode Island Register by March 15 and save $25. You can get all of the info and registration forms at joannefriday.com/calendar    It tends to fill very fast. If you are thinking of going, please register as soon as you can. It is always a lovely gathering and a wonderful opportunity to immerse ourselves in our practice.

Don't forget the Day of Mindfulness in Franklin, MA on March 5. All the info and registration information for that is at joannefriday.com/calendar  There will be a formal transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings at that gathering. If you are interested in receiving them, please return the application from the website and you might like to read The Mindfulness Survival Kit by Thich Nhat Hanh...which is his commentary on the Five Trainings.

SAVE THE DATES!!! This month marks the 50th anniversary of our Order. We will be celebrating on the 3rd Saturday. the 21st at the Bell Street Chapel and on the 3rd Sunday, the 22nd,  at our home. The Order was founded on the full moon day of February in 1966. This year the full moon day is Monday, the 22nd. So we will be celebrating on the eve and the eve-eve. Many have offered ideas already. It seemed that one idea that appealed to folks...on Saturday the 20th  - the day when we normally have our Order member/ Aspirant gathering, we will gather as usual at the Bell Street Chapel...ALL ARE INVITED! There will be a recitation of the original Fourteen Trainings (see below)and a tea ceremony and folks can bring poems, songs, along with some way they have benefited from the practice and something for which they are grateful to Thay for offering us our engaged practice. These sharings will be sent to Thay at Plum Village. We just learned we can have the building until 2 PM and we are still in the planning stages...if you would like to be part of the planning team...please respond to this email.  We will have a remembrance and celebration on Sunday night at our home also. Please save the dates.

I hope that you will be able to transform all of the obstacles for love in your heart and give it freely to everyone!

with true love and gratitude for you, Joanne


DIRECTIONS TO THE WEST HOME We live about 2 miles from URI.  From rt 138, go north onto Old North Rd.  (across the street from  big sign ““Kingston Hill Store  Books  Used and Rare””.  Also, just a smidge west of the 138/108 traffic light).  Old North Rd starts off as a one way, continues on as a two way street, and finally ends as a T.  You will see our corner property from there.  Go left at the T (Old North Rd meets Stoneyfort Rd), and then a quick right onto Plantation Dr.  We are the first home on the right (2nd driveway is easiest).  Come on in the side door (porch/kitchen)!

Harvey Davis Obituary

Harvey Davis, 96, of Dunlevy, passed away peacefully surrounded by loving family and friends Sunday, February 7, 2016. He was born October 21, 1919, in Monessen, a son of the late Harvey and Blanche Knowles Davis. Mr. Davis lived most of his life in Charleroi. He graduated from Charleroi High School, Class of 1937. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving with the 8th Infantry Division Medical Corps and saw action in the European Theater, from Normandy to meeting the Russian Army in Germany in 1945. Mr. Davis opened Harvey's ESSO Station in Charleroi with Clarence "Babe" Roberts, until joining Guttman Oil Co. in 1954. He served there in various capacities for almost 50 years, retiring as vice president in charge of real estate acquisitions. He was an avid sailor. He and his wife spent eight years aboard the sailing yacht "Spirit of Sixty-two," mostly in the southern waters of Florida and the Bahamas. Mr. Davis is survived by his daughter, Joanne Davis Friday and her husband, Richard, of Rhode Island; his stepdaughter, Betty Jean Thomas of Fayette City; and his sister, Bertha Davis of Sarasota, Fla. Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his wife of 60 years, Louise Rutledge Davis; his brother, Bill Davis; and his sister, Grace Metzger. At Mr. Davis' wishes, there will be no viewing. Schrock-Hogan Funeral Home of Charleroi is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.schrock-hogan.com. Or  http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/observer-reporter/obituary.aspx?n=harvey-davis&pid=177651093&fhid=9853   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076, or Puppies Behind Bars, which trains prisoners to train service dogs for disabled veterans, 263 West 38 Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10018.