8-13-16 Sangha Update


“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
Dear Friends,
I hope you are all well, aware of your strength and beauty and enjoying this summertime. 
We will be gathering tomorrow evening at 6 PM at the home of Cindy and John West. (directions below) We will enjoy sitting/walking (in their beautiful garden)/sitting meditation and hear readings from The Mindfulness Survival Kit and share the Dharma.  I hope that you will be able to be with us.
I also hope you will be able to be with us at the Sangha Picnic on Saturday,  September 10 at Colt State Park from 11 - 3 PM at site #3. Please bring your family, friends, a vegetarian dish to share, games, songs, instruments, stories, jokes...whatever else you would like to share. It's always fun. I hope you can come.
CORRECTION!  I have been invited by the New London Community of Mindfulness to offer a retreat at Senexet House in Woodstock CT from Oct 14-16. I have been notified by the organizers that the first flier that I was sent was incorrect. They have made corrections and I am including the correct one below.
There will also be a Facilitators Retreat  at Blue Cliff Monastery in October - the 20th-24. 
We need facilitators for our Sangha, so I hope those of you who now facilitate and those who would like to, will think about attending this retreat. If you are interested, please do it soon, as there are already 70 people signed up for the retreat. You can register at the Blue cliff Monastery website. Clare has volunteered to organize ride sharing...you can contact her at clare2sartori@gmail.com.  
Prayer request and a request for some help....
Dear Friends,

I think most of you are aware of the health challenges that have been facing Ambrose Desmond and Annie Millar, his wife. But, in case you are not, I wanted to forward this to you. Ambrose sat with our sangha all during his college years...he went to California for graduate school, became a member of our Order and met Annie. I officiated at their wedding and love them dearly. They built a home, had a beautiful son and have been living at Morning Sun Community in New Hampshire. They are wonderful practitioners and the sweetest people ever. Annie has been living with stage 4 colon cancer and this is the latest update I have received from Ambrose.

Posted on July 24, 2016 by Ambrose Desmond on you caring
Dear friends and family,

We just learned that Annie's cancer seems to have spread to her lungs, and possibly her liver as well. After 3 major surgeries in the past year and 12 sessions of chemotherapy, there is no treatment scheduled right now. Annie feels full of energy and love for life. Our doctors plan to use chemotherapy and immunotherapy to support her as we hope for a miracle. For now, it's likely that Ambrose will have to miss a lot of work, and we don't know what the future will hold. Any support is deeply appreciated.

Please hold them in your hearts and in your prayers and help if you can ...
As you can see from the many listings above, we have lots of opportunities to deepen our practice. 
In the meantime, you might like to enjoy this splendid reminder of interbeing! 

Suzanne Simard: How trees talk to each other

with much love and a bouquet of lotuses for you,
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)!
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.org)
Retreat 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 bySeptember 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 860-889-4297; email: helengleecoleman@gmail.com or Erin Journey at 860-912-0675; email: journeyzen@hotmail.com

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