2-28-16 Sangha Update

sunrise copy“Waking up this morning, I smile.

Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.

I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”

Thich Nhat Hanh from Present Moment Wonderful Moment a book of gathas for daily life.

Dear Friends,

I hope that you are all well and happy and enjoying this brand new day.

Thanks to all of you who helped us celebrate the 5oth Anniversary of our Order. We are so lucky to have access to such a lovely Path. During this time when there is so much division in our country...it is easy to see the lack of  awareness that reinforces our misperception of separation.  We are so fortunate to have practices that help us to maintain a view of interbeing!


There will be a gathering this evening at 6 PM at the home of the Van Horn's (directions below). There will be sitting and walking meditation and a sharing of the Dharma. I hope that you will be able to be there.

GET CONNECTED! I have sent the notes of our Care Taking meeting out to those who were in attendance for additions and corrections...I will hopefully have the completed report out to you all with the next update. One of the things that was raised again and again was the importance of having a way for our members to connect with each other directly. Cindy has created a googlegroup for us. If you would like to be a part of that list, so that you can share info about creating events, upcoming events, ride sharing, etc., please contact Cindy at westnest5@verizon.net


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   This retreat is mostly in silence.  The retreat is already 2/3 full. If you are thinking of joining us, please register as soon as you can. It is always a lovely gathering and a wonderful opportunity to be together and immerse ourselves in our practice.


I am including a link about the role that faith traditions- including ours -  played in the Climate Summit..if you are interested in getting involved, become a part of the global Earth Holders Sangha http://www.earthholder.org/#home-page

This is from the Earth Holders Sangha..... A collective community of faith traditions, including our own, had a significant impact in the success of the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris last December. So said, Daniele Violetti, Chief of Staff for Christiana Figueres, the UNFCCC Executive Secretary (and student of Thay) on a webinar held last Thursday.  Also on the 1-hour webinar were the 4 monastics from Plum Village who had attended the Paris conference. They joined with Rev Fletcher Harper, Director of Green Faith, and panelists from 3 other faith communities to talk about their Climate Awareness efforts in 2015 and plans for 2016.


NOTE: the first 30-minutes of the webinar is Daniele Violetti sharing what COP21 was, what it achieved, and also his "Ask" of the Faith community going forward.  The Faith Panel is on the second half.

COP21, the 21st Conference of the Parties (Nations) meeting to tackle climate change, was the 1st such gathering in which all 196 nations of the world agreed to take action - including for the first time, the US.  The Nations agreed essentially to "transcend their divisions" for the sake of our collective future.  Forty-six years earlier, in May 1970, Thay &amp ; Sister Chan Khong had helped organize Dai Dong: The Great Togetherness, the largest environmental conference every held (2200 scientists).  At the end of that 1970 conference, the scientists concluded that " it is literally true that only by transcending our divisions will men (humankind) be able to keep Earth as their home."   The Great Togetherness has finally begun.

George Hoguet True Precious Smile

I hope we will be together soon...in the meantime, let's do our best to look at all beings with the eyes of compassion and know that I will be...

sending much love, Joanne

Directions to and Parking for the Van Horn Home
 Address: 24 Mallory Lane Wakefield, RI 02879
 Phone: 401-871-1838
 From the North: Take US 1-S to RI-138
Turn right onto RI-138; drive for about 3.5 miles
Turn left onto RI-108 S/Kingstown Rd.; drive for 2 miles. You will pass the SK police station, then later a pond, and the Pump House Restaurant on your right.
Take the next left onto Rodman Street. (Street sign is hard to see; Dennis Moffit Painting is on the corner and the Peace Dale Mill is on the left.) You will pass the bike path and one stop sign.
Mallory Lane will be on your left. Our house is the second on the left.
See below for parking.

From the South/West:
Take US-1/N past the Matunuck exits
Take the Pond St. exit. (right after an exit for Post Rd.)
Turn left onto Pond St. Continue until Pond dead ends onto Main.
Turn right onto Main. Drive a short distance.
Turn left onto High St. Drive past town hall.
In about 0.6 mi, turn left onto Allen.
At stop sign, turn right onto Rodman. Continue past one stop sign. Mallory Lane is on the right. Our house is the second on the left.

Our street is narrow, so we ask that you not part on the street. 3-4 cars will fit in our driveway. If there is no space left in the driveway, you can park on Jennifer Dr. Turn left back onto Rodman, and make a quick right onto Jennifer Dr. Thank you!!!