I hope this finds you enjoying every minute of the emerging of springtime. It was a delight to be with you at our last gathering and being reminded of Beginning Anew. It is a wonderful and healing practice and this is the perfect time of year to renew our practice.
I wanted to let you know of a schedule change for the month of April.
Next Sunday at 6 PM, as usual for the Second Sunday, our gathering will be at the home of Cindy and John West. (directions are below) We will enjoy sitting/walking/sitting meditation, look at the next section of Thay's book, Silence and enjoy sharing the Dharma. I hope you will be able to attend.
The following Sunday, April 16 Easter! the Wests will once again host our Third Sunday gathering at 6 PM at their home. A time of rebirth and a wonderful opportunity to begin again. Enjoy!
It is wonderful that our Social Action Committee has composed a short survey to get a sense of the interests of our community members. Please take a few minutes to fill this out...it is electronic and will be tallied and we will let you know the outcome. Thank you, thank you!
Here is a wonderful video of the Mahasangha taking part in the Women's March in Washington. Thay's niece, her husband and son were marching with us and her son created this video....enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFd8fn2wydY
This is the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King coming out against the Vietnam war with a powerful speech at the Riverside Church in New York City. Dr. King had been reluctant to come out against the war and received lots of criticism for it...so it took great courage for him to do that. It is thought the Thich Nhat Hanh played a part in his coming to his decision. Here is the link to the article...https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/04/opinion/when-martin-luther-king-came-out-against-vietnam.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0 .and below is Dr. King's letter about Thich Nhat Hanh. It's very inspiring.
And for those seeds of joy that need watering.....This should water every seed of joy in your consciousness...Bet you can't sit still! So don't! Get moving! Let's join those all around the world to make this world a better place....Yes, We can!!!.Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVHOqrw3Jks&feature=share
with much love and the wisdom of a daffodil bulb for you, Joanne
SURVEY from the Social Action Committee...if you have difficulties, please contact Ann G at Amski1965@yahoo.com
In our tradition we do our best to take our practice of mindfulness and being peace as an engaged practice, and in that spirit we have come to form the Social Action Committee, SAC, to support the sangha, bringing engaged practice into the larger community. As we are working on identifying the purpose and goals of this committee, we are asking for the input of all members of the Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness. We contemplated and reflected on the following from the Second Mindfulness Training to help support us in this effort. "Aware of the suffering caused by exploitation, social injustice, stealing, and oppression, we are committed to cultivating generosity in our way of thinking, speaking, and acting. We will practice loving kindness by working for the happiness of people, animals, plants, and minerals, and sharing our time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need." In our SAC meetings we considered the following spheres: 1) The personal needs of the sangha and its members, especially those who need particular care at home, such as providing transportation, visiting, contributing food, etc. 2) The needs of our local communities, 3) Activism regarding issues of our country and engagement in standing up to injustice, and 4) Worldwide issues — from concerns about those in refugee camps and immigrants, to the issues of the environment.
The link to the survey is below. We are asking for your participation in the following survey in order to help us to do the following:
1. Illuminate the current works of sangha members in forms of volunteer work that reflect the values of the Beloved Community. We want our little lights to shine! 2. Share ideas and encourage engagement in action for peace, justice, and service. This may include suggestions of activities that are done individually or forms of engagement that might be done in common. (E.g., one person suggested a community garden where the produce would be distributed to places that house the homeless. If three or four sangha members engaged in that practice, the benefits would be amazing, both for the recipients and the sangha “farmers”). 4. Keep each other informed of meetings and websites to support social action for human rights and community building. 5. Provide a vehicle for networking. How can Clear Heart Sangha, or the RICOM effectively link with each other and/or other activist groups for peace and justice? Thank you very much! We look forward to hearing from you and sharing the information to support our community, the RICOM in engaged practice! With deep appreciation for your practice, the SAC
Link to the survey: 2017 RICOM Social Action Committee Questionnaire Survey
DIRECTIONS TO THE WEST HOME.
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)!