Walking in Peace Taking a Stand
I hope you are well and rested and enjoying this new day.
It was a joy to be with you last evening and celebrate Dr. King.
This is a reminder that the next gathering will be at the home of the Van Horn's next Sunday evening at 6 PM. Directions are below. There will be sitting /walking /sitting meditation, a talk based on Thay's teachings and a sharing of the Dharma. I hope you will be able to attend.
Many had asked for information about the Day of Mindfulness and the upcoming March in Washington and Rally in Providence.. So......
The Day of Mindfulness on Facilitation and Sangha Building will happen on Saturday, January 28 at the Westminster Unitarian Church in East Greenwich . There is no fee, but it is necessary to pre-register so we can arrange the day and notify you with any updates. We are asking for donations for the church in gratitude for the use of their beautiful space. The info is below.I hope you can join us to be joyfully together and strengthen our Sangha.
The March in Washington is fast approaching....there are Sanghas from Baltimore to DC offering hospitality and there will be gatherings for meditation prior to the march. All of the general info is available at https://www.womensmarch.com It is a wonderful website with links to all of info for different states, bussing info, the local rallies, including RI as well as to the global events that are taking place...at last check there were nearly 700,000 who had registered! The information about the Mahasangha gathering and preparations to be a peaceful presence are below.
The RI Community of Mindfulness is organizing to be a peaceful presence at the Providence Rally. All of the info on activities that are happening during this week and for the rally are below. There will be a regular Sangha gathering at Bell Street Chapel at 8 AM on Saturday. This will be followed by a gathering for the recitation of the 14 MIndfulness Trainings from 10-11:30. Then folks will congregate on the North side of the State House at 12 for the 1 o'clock rally. They will have a banner that says RI Community of Mindfulness!
with much love and gratitude for every one of you, Joanne DAY OF MINDFULNESS INFO......
We Go As A River Being Joyfully Together
A Day of Mindfulness on Facilitation and Sangha Building offered by the RI Community of Mindfulness
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Westminster Unitarian Church, 119 Kenyon Ave. East Greenwich, RI
Practitioners from the Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness who attended the Facilitator’s Retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery (including Dharma teacher Joanne Friday) welcome you to deepen your practice and look at ways to strengthen the Sangha. We hope you will be able to join us.
Please bring a cushion or bench, if you use one….there are plenty of chairs. Please bring a brown bag vegetarian lunch along with a mug and napkin. Tea will be provided.
Registration is required to help us plan for the day Here is the link
There is no fee but donations to the church will be deeply appreciated. Contact Philip with questions about registration at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 401-699-4029, any day between 7 am and 7 pm.
RI RALLY SATURDAY, JANUARY 21
Dear RICOM Friends -
As our sisters and brothers gather across the country and beyond for the Women’s March on Washington, those of us who are staying local have an opportunity to offer in silence our mindful presence and solidity of practice at the RI Women’s Solidarity Rally in Providence. We will join with members of the Thich Nhat Hanh Sangha who are coming together in peace and justice for all, “holding love for each other as a Beloved Community committed to justice for the disenfranchised as so many of ancestors have done before.” We will go as a river.
Preparing Ourselves Ahead of Time for the Day.
The Sangha organizers of the Washington March invite us to “dedicate our practice during the week of Monday, January 16th (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) to Sunday, January 22nd (the weekend following the inauguration) to cultivating understanding and compassion for ourselves and our country, and healing from the violence, hatred, and fear that has intensified during the past year’s election. We are encouraged to practice walking and sitting meditation practice in order to generate the energy of compassion and healing with each step and each breath we take. We recognize there is no true peace without justice and equality for all.”
On January 20th , the Providence Friends Meeting House (Quaker) will be open all day for those seeking a quiet refuge away from the media blitz. We are invited to join others in quiet contemplation or meditation, read int he library, or meet neighbors over hot drinks, soup, and finger foods in the Fellowship Hall (lower level, rear entrance. Children are welcome. Toys, books, crayons and games will be available. Address: 99 Morris Ave. (corner of Olney and Morris at blinking light #1 bus to Hope and Olney) The Friends welcome all, of any faith tradition or none.
Preparing Ourselves on the Day.
There are several opportunities to gather together to ground ourselves in the practice before the rally. You are invited to practice sitting and walking meditation and Dharma Sharing with Radiant Bell Sangha at the Bell Street Chapel from 8:00-9:30 AM. Immediately following, there will be a Recitation of the 14 Mindfulness Trainings and additional Dharma Sharing. All are welcome to join in either or both of these gatherings.
Preparing Ourselves at the Rally. Details on location, parking, bathrooms, etc. are provided in the flyer below. We suggest you dress warmly, bring a hot beverage, and something comfortable to sit on.
The rally is scheduled to begin at 1:00. We will gather at noon on the north side of the State Capital (facing Smith St.) for walking meditation. Look for a big balloon flying high and the sign that says, “Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness” with quotations from Thây. All are welcome to join us.
Being a Mindful Presence at the Rally.
After walking meditation, we will sit (or stand, depending on the conditions) together in silence, being peace. It is our intention to share our energy of compassion and healing with all who are present. All are welcome to join us.
If you have any questions before January 21st, please contact Ann Galkowski at 401-529-7647 or email her at email@example.com.
Bowing in gratitude, Planning Group for RICOM Presence RI Women’s Solidarity Rally
Subject: Women’s March on Washington: Housing, Gathering, and Walking Together
Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Plum Village Tradition,
Practitioners from the mindfulness communities of the Washington and Baltimore areas have come together to support the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017.
Offering Housing: We would like to offer help to mindfulness practitioners in the Plum Village tradition who plan to travel to our area on the weekend of January 20-22. A Mindfulness Community Bulletin Board (http://mchb.createaforum.com) provides a way for local practitioners to offer housing and for out-of-area practitioners to find hosts. Please share with others in your community.
Gathering: Mindfulness practitioners will gather together from 7:00 – 9:00 pm on Friday, January 20th, at Seekers Church for an evening of meditation, reflections, and Dharma sharing. (Seekers Church is located at 276 Carroll St NW, Washington DC. It is across the street from the Takoma Metro station and adjacent to Takoma Park, Maryland.)
Walking Together: The mindfulness communities will also designate one or more meeting points so that mindfulness practitioners can walk together during the march.
More information about the evening and the meet-up places will appear on the Housing Bulletin Board ( http://mchb.createaforum.com ) and also on a special “Go as a River” Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/Womens-March-on-Washington-2017-1243209489105350/
We would be grateful if you would make announcements at your Sangha gatherings and publicize these offerings in any way you can.
If you have questions, please email us at MindfulMarch@gmail.com.
Connie Anderson Lori Perine Mitchell Ratner Tim McCormack Scott Schang
and...from Sr. Ocean and ARISE......
The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us--women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.
In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.
We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.