8-20-16 Sangha Update

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Rise and Shine!
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

“Rise not alone, rise with others! If you rise alone to the top, you shall be alone at the top!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan
And Still I Rise
Maya Angelou
see below and enjoy her reading it at...
The same is true with our spirits...when they fall,
 we need to breathe and look deeply at what is wonderful in this moment
and  to choose to have them rise again. 
With practice, we learn how to choose where we place our minds. 
With all of the challenges we face in daily life, this is a real blessing.
Dear Friends,
I hope this finds you keeping your mind in the highest places and enjoying another 24 brand new hours.
This is just a reminder that we will be gathering Sunday evening at 6 PM at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd. We will enjoy sitting meditation, walking meditation (outdoors, weather permitting) I will offer a talk, and we will share the Dharma.  
There are so many things coming up that I will just offer a calendar and give you the details below.
September 10, Saturday. SANGHA PICNIC AT COLT STATE PARK 11-3
October  14-16, Friday evening-Sunday afternoon - SENEXET HOUSE RETREAT, Woodstock, CT
October 20-24, FACILITATORS RETREAT , Blue Cliff Monastery
October 29, Saturday - DAY OF MINDFULNESS, West Hartford, CT
There is an update from the director of the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation outlining all that they have been doing with our donations. If you are able, please consider helping them.
Dear friends,
If you haven't already seen it or shared it with your Sangha, I just wanted to post a link to the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation's 2015 Annual Highlights. You can read about how many lives were transformed by the incredible support and generosity of this beloved community to continue Thay's teachings. Thank you so much for helping create a more mindful, compassionate, and peaceful world.
A lotus for you,
True Moon Lamp
Lots and lots of opportunities!
I hope that you will be able to be with us Sunday....and in the meantime, remember to keep rising!
with much love and gratitude for you,
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.
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

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)
Phone number ___________________________________________________________
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Mail to: Helen Coleman, 1 Arlington Heights, Norwich, CT 06360
  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.  

Still I Rise

Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.