5-4-17 Sangha Update, Prayer Requests, Twenty five years!

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."Ralph Waldo Emerson

Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at beings with eyes of compassion. Thich Nhat Hanh

"A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and enjoying this glorious day. I am back from retreats in Canada and New York and am so happy to be in RI to enjoy this beautiful season and to be able to be with all of you again.

This is a reminder that there will be a gathering this Sunday evening at the Unitarian Universalist church at the Lily Pads complex on North Road in Peace Dale at 6 PM. Linda Lamont and Ann Galkowski will be facilitating and we will enjoy sitting meditation, looking together at Thay's teachings from Creating True Peace, sharing the Dharma and reciting the Five Mindfulness Trainings. I hope you will be able to be with us.

The Community of Mindfulness will also be holding the Aldersgate Retreat the third weekend of May...so for this month the Van Horn's will host the third Sunday and we will host the fourth at our home. Please mark your calendars...so you are not disappointed by showing up and finding no sangha there!


Betty Kornitzer and Ken Richard have requested prayers. Ken's mother, Virginia, passed on April 30.She was 92 and had led a very full life and died surrounded by the love of her entire family. Please hold Virginia, Ken and Betty and their whole family in your hearts and prayers. You can send love in a card to Betty and Ken, 119 Wayland Trail, Narransett, RI 02882  The obituary and information regarding the service for Virginia are below.

Eva has also requested prayers for her son, Miles and their whole family. Miles is ill in the hospital and will be there for the next week or so. Please hold them all in your hearts. You can send love to Eva at dorandecker@gmail.com

Enid had also requested prayers for her granddaughter...Please hold my granddaughter Natalie "in the light" as she recovers from surgery on optic nerve (in her brain!). we believe in miracles of healing. love Enid. She sent an update that Natalie is healing well. You can send prayers and healing energy to Natalie and a love note to Enid at enidflaherty@verizon.net

There have also  been lots of opportunities for engaged practice. A number of members of the RI Community of Mindfulness attended the rally in Providence in Support of the Climate March.

I woke up this morning reciting the gatha above...to look at all beings with the eyes of compassion.. and it has been a challenge. Today I am feeling very disappointed in my fellow humans who voted on a very draconian repeal of the Affordable Care Act and Replaced it with Trumpcare a so-called health care bill, which doesn't seem to have much to do with health or care, but quite a bit to do with money. . The budget office hasn't yet had a chance to say what the economic effects will be, and although those supporting the bill said that pre-existing conditions would be covered, what they failed to say was that they would be covered providing you can afford it. I have done my best to live  with stage 4 metastatic cancer for 10 years   - thanks to your prayers and my health insurance.  And this morning I learned that for those with metastatic cancer the annual premiums could be $140,000/year. If you would like some solid information about this bill you can go to https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/04/upshot/who-wins-and-who-loses-in-the-latest-gop-health-care-bill.html?emc=eta1 I do hope that all of you everywhere will pass this news on...and call your Senators to let them know that this is reprehensible and needs to be defeated in the Senate. . https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

On a much brighter note, Our Sangha will be celebrating 25 years in September! If you are interested in looking together at ways we might celebrate, please let me know!

For those who have been to our monastery at Blue Cliff, you have probably met Srs. Samadhi and Sr. Su. They will be leaving soon to go back to Plum Village and will be engaged in creating a lay residential community in France. They are wonderful practitioners and their project is lovely. I have included a note from them and details about their project. If you can support it, please do,

On days like this I like to be inspired and awed. here are two videos that can help..Enjoy!



Most of all enjoy every single minute of the emerging of spring. It really is miraculous. We are so lucky to wake with the birds singing and to go to sleep with the peepers peeping.

I look forward to being with you soon.

with much love, Joanne

Ken Richard's mother's obituary

Virginia Richard, 92 years old, from Noank, Connecticut, died gently on the morning of April 30, 2017. Virginia, a long-time member of the Union Baptist Church in Mystic, retired from nearly 3 decades of service as secretary at Mystic Academy in Mystic, CT. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Virginia was an adventurer who enjoyed travelling with family and gardening at home. She was an avid fan of UCONN women's basketball. Virginia was the second of six children by Joseph and Sylvania Rogers of Middletown, Rhode Island. Her siblings were Joseph Rogers Jr., Margaret Joyce, Donald, David and Emma Rogers. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Richard of Noank, CT, by her daughter Karen Winterholer and husband, Bryant, of Goshen, NH, her son, Ken Richard and wife, Betty, of Narragansett, RI; by their 6 children and many great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Union Baptist Church at 119 High Street in Mystic, Connecticut at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017, The service will be followed by light refreshments and reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in Virginia's name to a charity of your choice.