6-9-17 Sangha Update

“If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for a moment.” ― Georgia O'Keeffe

“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” ― Gérard de Nerval

“Let your Life be a garden of peace and your smile be a bloom of flowers.” ― Dinakar Phillip


Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying this beautiful day.

This is a reminder that there will be a gathering this coming Sunday evening at 6 at the home of John and Cindy West (directions below) We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation and continue looking together at Thay's wonderful book, "Silence" and share the Dharma. I hope that you will be able to be with us.

Tomorrow there will be a gathering of the Generations Sangha at Westminster Unitarian Church from 10 - 11:30 AM. We will enjoy singing, there will be projects for the children and sitting and sharing for the adults and between 11:30 and noon we will enjoy being joyfully together. I hope you will be able to join us.

There are lots of opportunities to practice coming up.

Tonight the administration is moving to pass the health care bill without discussion, comment, without any outside input, counting on 50 republican votes and VP Pence to be the winning vote. This is such a miscarriage of justice. If you would like to be informed about these opportunities for engaged practice, you can become part of the google group overseen by Cindy West westnest5@verizon.net You can always contact your representatives and send love letters or make calls at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

As I said the last time, registration for the Cape Sangha Retreat is open. It is a lovely retreat in a beautiful setting on Cape Cod. You can get the info and registration forms at joannefriday.com/calendar

Blue Cliff Monastery is offering lots of retreats this summer. A Wake Up Retreat, A Retreat with the Plum village Monastics (info below) for info about these and others....go to


Now you can subscribe to the Mindfulness Bell either as a mailing or on line......


And here is a lovely guided meditation from Thich Nhat Hanh - enjoy!


with much love, Joanne


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)!

Awakening Together - 2017 US Tour Retreat August 23-27: Together We Are One

Every two years we host this very special event established by our teacher, Thay Thich Nhat Hanh. As in our previous tour, Thay will not be able to attend due to health limitations. However, his spirit is very much a part of this retreat and is embodied in the Sangha of 60 monastics from Plum Village, Blue Cliff, Magnolia Grove, and Deer Park Monasteries who will come together for the Tour. Please join us to manifest healing, nourishment, and peace together as a spiritual family.

Given the current challenges we face as a society, we know how important it is to stay solid and connected to each other. As we train ourselves to be more deeply in touch with our breath, body, feelings, and thoughts, we will quite naturally experience for ourselves the wonderful refreshing and healing elements that come from mindful living. Cultivating mindfulness in all of our daily activities, we concretely contribute to wellbeing and transformation in ourselves and in the world. We grow in our capacity to respond to life in ways that bring peace and healing. Whether you are young or old, new to or more experienced in the practice of mindfulness, we welcome you to join us for this retreat. Families with children and teens are warmly welcomed. Scholarships available.