8-6-16 Sangha Update and remembrance

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May all beings be blessed and at peace.
 
Rest in Peace Brother Phap De
One of our dear friends and a monk in our Order, Thay Phap De died the evening before last. Those of you, who have been able to sit retreats with Thay might have been fortunate enough to have met him. He was one of the kindest men I have ever known and a wonderful practitioner. .
A beautiful soul who would roller blade around Deer Park Monastery and take very good care of everyone who was visiting. He will be sorely missed.
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This was a letter from Sister Mai Nghiem telling us about his passing. 
 
Dear all,

Our beloved Brother Phap De was taken off the oxygen support and continued on his journey 8 minutes before 7pm , CAL time. ...

Just on time to go invite the big temple bell at 7pm   :) :) :)

 

A beautiful representation of the fourfold Sangha was there, together with his sister, his daughter Jessica and her mom.

We spent some time to share with him many fun, joyful and touching memories, and sing songs before they took off the tube and then did some chanting  We chanted the Heart Sutra, May the Day be well and Namo and he passed very peacefully during the chanting. Then everyone had a chance to give him a hug, a kiss, or to hold his hand. It was simple and powerful.

At 7:30 our 200 retreatants were doing the Touching of the Earth and placing their object on the Ancestral Altar...

 

Thay Phap De's voice is still echoing in the hidden valley, strong, powerful and as alive as ever.

 

May we all touch peace in our heart

 
your sister, mai nghiem
 
Dear Friends,
 
I hope you are all well and enjoying this summertime. Please hold our departed brother in your hearts and prayers.
 
This is a reminder that we will be gathering tomorrow evening at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County at the Lily Pad complex on North Rd in Peace Dale at 6 PM. We will enjoy sitting meditation and a recitation of the Five Mindfulness Trainings...Clare will be facilitating ...she sent us the following - 

"I will be facilitating the sangha tomorrow at 6 pm in our continuation of the reading of Creating True Peace. We look forward to everyone who is able to come, particularly at the time of this remembrance of the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima."

 
I hope 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. Please bring your family, friends, a vegetarian dish to share, games, songs, instruments, stories, jokes...whatever 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 Mindfuness 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. You can register at the Blue cliff Monastery website. Clare has volunteered to organize ride sharing...you can contact her at clare2sartori@gmail.com.  
 
We have all kinds of opportunities to deepen our practice. 
 
In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying every single present moment! You might like to enjoy this video about transformation and healing   https://www.facebook.com/bentode/videos
 
with much love,
Joanne
 
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 at 860-912-0675; email: journeyzen@hotmail.com

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