8-27-2016 Sangha Update

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Let Go and Shine On!
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
“Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” ― Nelson Mandela
"Forgiveness has nothing to do with absolving a criminal of his crime.
 It has everything to do with relieving oneself of the burden of being a victim--
letting go of the pain and transforming oneself from victim to survivor.” ― C.R. Strahan
“Be the one who nurtures and builds.
Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people.
 Leave people better than you found them.” ― Marvin J. Ashton
“Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.” ― Gautama Buddha
Dear Friends,
I hope you are all well and happy and enjoying all of the miracles of this summertime and maintaining a free, light and loving heart. 
This is just a reminder that we will be gathering Sunday evening at 6 PMat the Van Horn home. (directions below) We will enjoy sitting meditation, walking meditation and enjoy sharing the Dharma.  
There are many things coming up that I will  again 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
CONGRATULATIONS  to our dear sangha members, Betty and Ken....married last Sunday. They attended the Sangha afterwards and their love lit up the room! You can send congratulations and love to bkornitzer@aol.com.
I hope that you will be able to be with us soon and in the meantime, I hope you are enjoying every moment and being in love.
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 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 860-889-4297; email: helengleecoleman@gmail.com or Erin Journey at860-912-0675; 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 ______________________________________________
Email Address:­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­______________________________________________
Emergency Contact Name and Phone: _________________________________________
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.  


“These are the few ways we can practice humility:

To speak as little as possible of one's self.

To mind one's own business.

Not to want to manage other people's affairs.

To avoid curiosity.

To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully.

To pass over the mistakes of others.

To accept insults and injuries.

To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked.

To be kind and gentle even under provocation.

Never to stand on one's dignity.

To choose always the hardest.” ― Mother TeresaThe Joy in Loving: A Guide to Daily Living

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 park 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!!!