8-19-17 Sangha Update

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” ― Audre Lorde
“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.” ― Toni Morrison
“No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong. Only racists make them” ― Elie Wiesel
“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.”
Dear Friends,
I hope you are well and happy and enjoying this beautiful summer evening.
We have lived through a very tumultuous  week....and today the rally in Boston was very encouraging. 100 showed up to support separation. 40,000 people showed up to stand up for love,  equality and justice for everyone.
I hope you are all able to show up tomorrow evening to cultivate our capacity to be peace, look deeply in order to understand and see clearly the root causes of suffering so that we can respond as skillfully as we can. We will gather at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd. in Wakefield at 6 PM. We will enjoy sitting/walking and sitting meditation, I will offer a talk about our practice and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.
Our RI Community of Mindfulness Picnic will be happening onSaturday, Oct 30 at Colt State Park , site#3 from 11-3PM. I hope you will come and bring your family, friends, pets, songs, a vegetarian dish to share, games, instruments, etc, etc, etc. I hope you be able to join us.
The movie about Thay and the Plum Village Community, Walk With Me,  will also be shown on Oct 1 at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence. We are working out the details of ticketing, etc....but please save the date and support this effort and help us CELEBRATE!
With the uncovering of so much hatred and anger in our country....I found this to be a very interesting article...with ideas for ways to help.
I was moved that it was kindness that was able to help white extremists turn around. https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/17/life_after_hate_trump_admin_stops    The organization is called, Love After Hate, and it might be something you would like to support. https://www.lifeafterhate.org/about   Their funding was eliminated by this administration...so you might like to write a love letter to your congress person requesting that this be reinstated. All the contact info for everyone in Congress can be found at this link. https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
Then, of course, water some  seeds of joy!
I hope our paths connect very soon and in the meantime, I am...
sending much love,
Life After Hate
LIFE AFTER HATE is dedicated to inspiring individuals to a place of compassion and forgiveness for everyone, including themselves.
Life After Hate, Inc., a 501(c)(3) U.S. nonprofit, was created in 2011 by former members of the American violent far-right extremist movement. Through powerful stories of transformation and unique insight gleaned from decades of experience, we serve to inspire, educate, guide, and counsel.
Whether working with individuals who wish to leave a life of hate and violence or helping organizations (community, educational, civic, government, etc.) grappling with the causes of intolerance and racism, Life After Hate works to counter the seeds of hate we once planted. Through personal experience and highly unique skill sets, we have developed a sophisticated understanding about what draws individuals to extremist groups and, equally important, why they leave. Compassion is the opposite of judgment and we understand the roles compassion and empathy play in healing individuals and communities.