7-30-16 Sangha Update

LOTUS 2016-1

They're Back!

“Be like a lotus. Let the beauty of your heart speak. Be grateful to the mud, water, air and the light.” 

― Amit Ray

“If you feel lost, disappointed, hesitant, or weak, return to yourself, to who you are, here and now and when you get there, you will discover yourself, like a lotus flower in full bloom, even in a muddy pond, beautiful and strong.” 

― Masaru Emoto

"No mud, No lotus"

Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and making good use of the mud in your life....and blooming beautifully!

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

Please remember that  the 21 day retreat in Plum Village  ended June 21 and the recordings of the talks given by Lay and Monastic Dharma teachers are available on YouTube. Just go to YouTube and search for "Vulture Peak Retreat" . If you are able please support this project by contributing to the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation. 

Save the Date!!!! RI  Community of Mindfulness Sangha Picnic Saturday, September 10, 11 o'clock until 3 or so at Colt state Park in Bristol, RI. site #3! Bring your family, friends, games, songs, poems, a vegetarian dish to share and your joyful self! It's always a lot of fun. I hope you will be able to join us. 

Save Another Date!!! The New London Community of Mindfulness has invited me to offer a weekend retreat at Senexet House in Woodstock, CT from Friday, Oct. 14- Sunday, Oct 16. Registration has just opened. ..I have forwarded it below and it will soon be posted on the joannefriday.com/calendar I hope you will be able to join us.

We need facilitators for our Sangha and a  retreat for those facilitating Sanghas or those who would like to....is being organized by the Dharma Teachers Council from Oct 20-23.

The Sangha Building Committee of the North American Dharma Teachers Sangha is happy to announce that we are offering a 4-day retreat for Sangha facilitators at Blue Cliff Monastery(www.bluecliffmonastery.org), 90 miles north of New York City, next October 20-23. With Dharma teachers John Bell, Dennis Bohn, Joanne Friday, Jack Lawlor, and other lay and monastic Dharma Teachers, with the support of the Blue Cliff monastic community. We hope you will consider attending. Please spread the word, and pass this information to other sangha facilitators.

(I have included more info below.) If you are planning to attend, and are from RI and would like to car pool, please contact Clare at clare2sartori@gmail.com  She has kindly offered to coordinate ride sharing.

I hope you will be able to be with us at one or more of the above. In the meantime,Here is a wonderful video about creating a lotus out of the mud... enjoy!


Please water all of your seeds of joy to expand your capacity to respond skillfully to these challenging times in which we live!

with much love and the peace and beauty of a blooming lotus flower for you,


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!!!


Thursday Oct 20 (6 pm) – Sunday Oct 23 (1 pm)

This retreat is for lay Sangha facilitators in the Plum Village Tradition. We recognize that the Sangha facilitator is a vital link for Thay's continuation, and would like to support facilitators to deepen skills, connect with one another by practicing together, and share experiences around common issues that arise when facilitating a Sangha. Open to all practitioners (OI or not) who are facilitating or want to facilitate a Sangha in the Plum Village Tradition. Likely topics will be organized around several themes:

  Form or No Form?

  • Structuring Sangha Gatherings- Dharma sharing, centrality of formal practice, social time
  • Orientation for newcomers
  • Selecting topics or texts for Dharma sharing; use of sutras
  • Other practices: chanting, 5 mindfulness training recitation, socials, prostrations

   Frequent Challenges

  • Diversity and Inclusiveness 
  • Interpersonal tensions;  mental health disorders
  • Supporting Sangha facilitators
  • Are you a "Thich Nhat Hanh Sangha"?
  • Decision making and governance 

  Enhancing Sangha Practice

·       The mindfulness bell; Sangha chanting; enjoying ceremonies

Registration information.

There are approximately 70 beds available on site, in sharing dormitory style. Cost includes 3 nights lodging (Thurs-Sat) and 9 vegetarian meals (Thurs dinner-Sun lunch): Adult, dorm: $180-$330; seniors (65 & up) and teens $120-$240. Campers $120-240. Commuter rate: $120-$240. Registrants are asked to attend Thurs-Sunday, no partial  attendance. Thank you. 

Please register at http://www.bluecliffmonastery.org/register-for-a-retreat/.  Go to “Group Registration”. Write “Sangha Facilitators Retreat” as name of retreat. Some scholarships available.

The New London Community of Mindfulness Retreat 2016 with Joanne Friday

Being an Island of Peace in a Stormy Sea: 

Practices for creating peace in a chaotic world

Joanne Friday is a Dharma teacher in the Tiep Hien Order, (Order of Interbeing), founded by Buddhist monk and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. In 2003 she received authority to teach from Thich Nhat Hanh, her teacher for twenty years. She lives in Rhode Island where she is the guiding teacher for six sanghas which comprise the Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness. She is also Associate Chaplain at the University of Rhode Island. Joanne feels that the Dharma is the greatest gift she has ever received, and her greatest joy is to pass it on.

Dates: October 14, 15, and 16, 2016

Location: Senexet House, 276 Senexet Rd, Woodstock, CT 06281 (www.senexethouse.orgRetreat Hours: Friday 7:00 pm through Sunday 2:30 pm.

Suggested arrival time at Senexet House: Friday 4:00 pm. A buffet supper will be available at 5:30 pm. The retreat will begin at 7 pm sharp.

Cost: $175 per person. (To receive a refund, minus $15. handling fee, cancel by September 30, 2016. Partial scholarship assistance is available: contact Paula Nowakowski, 860-739-0394

Dana Donations: (Dana, a Pali word meaning generosity.) The teachings of the Buddha are considered priceless: teachers do not charge for their services. At the retreat there will be an opportunity to support Joanne with a monetary gift for her teaching.

The retreat includes vegetarian meals and two nights accommodation at Senexet House, a Unitarian Universalist Retreat Center in the lovely woodlands of northeast Connecticut. Please mail the completed registration form with total payment to the registrar: Helen Coleman,

1 Arlington Heights, Norwich, CT 06360. Additional information and directions to Senexet House will be sent to you before the retreat.

Note: If you have questions, please contact Helen Coleman at 860-878-5298; email: colemanja@att.net or Erin Journey at 860-912-0675; email: journeyzen@hotmail.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Please register as soon as possible since space is limited. Make checks payable ($175/person) to The New London Community of Mindfulness.

Enclosed is payment of $________for ___person(s) Name(s)_________________________________________________________________ Address_________________________________________________________________ Phone number ___________________________________________________________ Email Address:____________________________________________________________ Emergency Contact Name and Phone: _________________________________________ Mail to: Helen Coleman, 1 Arlington Place, Norwich, CT 06360