9-22-17 Sangha Update and Change of Venue

A monarch - a symbol of transformation and Beginning Anew

We wish our Jewish friends a Happy New Year as they observe these days of awe. It is a time for cleansing, deep looking, and asking forgiveness. May we all begin anew. We offer this Buddhist Prayer for foregiveness.. A Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness

If I have harmed any one in any way, either knowingly or unknowingly through my own confusions, I ask their forgiveness. If any one has harmed me in any way, either knowingly or unknowingly through their own confusions, I forgive them. And if there is a situation I am not yet ready to forgive, I forgive myself for that. For all the ways that I harm myself, negate, doubt, belittle myself, judge or be unkind to myself, through my own confusions, I forgive myself.

Dear Friends,

I hope that you are well and enjoying this breezy day and have forgiven yourself and others.

This is just a reminder that the Van Horns are not able to host us this coming Sunday and Cindy West has been kind enough to offer to host. So there will be a gathering at the West home on Sunday evening at 6 PM (directions below) There will be sitting/walking/sitting meditation, sharing Thay's teachings from the book "Silence", and sharing the Dharma. I hope you will be able to attend.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, September 30. The Annual Sangha Picnic at Colt State Park - shelter #3 between 11 and 3 PM. Please come join us and bring a vegetarian dish to share, friends, family, games, songs, instruments, etc. Anything you'd like to share.It's a beautiful place with wonderful people. I hope you will be able to join us.

Sunday, Oct. 1 - I hope that all of you who wanted to join us at the film "Walk With Me" were able to get tickets. Different organizations are sponsoring showings at other times. Also if you have tickets that you are unable to use...you might like to post that on our google group. To join that group, contact Cindy West at westnest5@verizon.net We will have showings at 1 and 4 at the Cable Car Cinema in Providence. In between the two shows, from 3-4, we will enjoy walking meditation along the river.

The movie is about the monastics of Plum Village, who Thay has trained to be his continuation. Thay wanted the cinema to become a meditation hall. The synopsis has this to say about the movie. " Slow down and breathe. this contemplative journey follows in the steps of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and is a rare insight into life within a monastic community. The sun rises. Everything is calm and still. Life is beautifully serene as Benedict Cumberbatch's composed, meditative voice reads an extract from Thich Nhat Hanh's early journals. So begins Max Pugh and Marc J Francis' fascinating and immersive exploration of what it means to devote one's life to mindfulness. With unprecedented access to the famous secluded monastery of plum Village in the South West of France, Walk With Me captures the daily routine and rituals of monks and nuns on a quest to develop a deep sense of presence. It is an insightful rumination on the pursuit of happiness, living in the present and our attachment to material things - a welcome remedy to the stresses of city life and a world in turmoil."

Right now we need to hold all those responders and all those who have suffered because of the storms and fires and earthquakes all around the world, as well as those who have already experienced the ravages of them, in our hearts and prayers.

May all beings love one another May all beings be peace May all beings recognize their state of interbeing and love one another.

"If there is no peace , it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other." Mother Teresa

To water some seeds of joy...here is a video of Kristen's wonderful sons, both attend our Generations Sangha, who decided that the way their friends were high-fiving was too violent..so they invented a nonviolent high five.Here is the link.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcN2sV7OTnk If you would like a copy to republish, Kristen asks that you contact her.


with much love Joanne


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)!