7-8-17 Sangha Update

“I've begun to realize that you can listen to silence and learn from it. It has a quality and a dimension all its own.” ― Chaim Potok

“Silence is a source of Great Strength.” ― Lao Tzu

“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

“Have you ever heard the wonderful silence just before the dawn? Or the quiet and calm just as a storm ends? Or perhaps you know the silence when you haven't the answer to a question you've been asked, or the hush of a country road at night, or the expectant pause of a room full of people when someone is just about to speak, or, most beautiful of all, the moment after the door closes and you're alone in the whole house? Each one is different, you know, and all very beautiful if you listen carefully.” Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and happy and enjoying this beautiful day and the lushness and lusciousness of summertime.

We will be gathering tomorrow evening at the home of Cindy and John West (directions below). We will enjoy sitting/walking (outdoors weather permitting) /sitting meditation, continuing to look at Thay's book "Silence" and sharing the Dharma. I hope you will be able to join us to spend a summer evening being joyfully together.

There is a Book Club being sponsored by the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation...which is a wonderful resource. One of my favorite books is "The Sun, My Heart" which was a follow up book to "The Miracle of Mindfulness" with teachings by Brother Phap Hai and questions for reflection. The present book that is being studied is "One Buddha is Not Enough" The first three chapters have been completed, the videos, questions for reflection and quotes are available at this link.... https://www.thichnhathanhfoundation.org/bookclub


I wanted to let you know that the Cape Sangha Retreat on Cape Cod is full. There is a waiting list in the case of cancellations.


Please continue to hold Eva, dorandecker@gmail.com, and Sandy sandralaub08@gmail.com in your metta. Both have children who are very ill. Eva's son and Sandy's daughter. Please keep them all in your hearts and prayers.


There is an important meeting at the South Kingstown Town Hall on Monday evening about not having our police force become ICE agents. There is more info below about this meeting if it is something about which you are interested. If you are unable to attend but would like your views to be heard, you could drop off a postcard to the Town Council during business hours on Monday!

Remember you can communicate directly with the Sangha...sending prayer requests, announcements or other requests, and getting announcements about engaged practice opportunities..by signing up to be a part of the google group. Cindy oversees that list...so if you want to get connected, please contact Cindy at westnest5@verizon.net

Remember that no matter what we must water some seeds of joy....here are a couple opportunities!


hugging helps!


with much love and many hugs for you, 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)!



On Monday, July 10, a proposed ordinance that would insulate our local police from this effort and protect our local immigrant community will go before the South Kingstown Town Council for the first time. Can you attend this meeting to show your support?

We don’t know exactly what will happen Monday night. There may be an opportunity for supporters to speak or submit written statements. Or the Council may decide to consider the ordinance at a later date. Either way, a strong show of support from town residents is very important.

Can we count on you to attend? The meeting, at South Kingstown Town Hall, 180 High Street, will begin at 7 p.m. Members of the Immigration Task Force are prepared to address the Council and will also deliver to the Council postcards that many of you filled out expressing your support. (More postcards will be available at the meeting.)

Thank you for your support and please tell your friends about Monday’s Council meeting. (I'm attaching the postcard template from the meeting, so you can fill one out and maybe get others to do the same.)


The South Kingstown Immigration Task Force