Thay has returned to Viet Nam
“There is no mile as long the final one that leads back home.” ― Katherine Marsh
To meditate means to go home to yourself. Then you know how to take care of the things that are happening inside you, and you know how to take care of the things that happen around you. Thich Nhat Hanh
Your true home is in the here and the now. It is not limited by time, space, nationality, or race. Your true home is not an abstract idea. It is something you can touch and live in every moment. With mindfulness and concentration, the energies of the Buddha, you can find your true home in the full relaxation of your mind and body in the present moment. No one can take it away from you. Other people can occupy your country, they can even put you in prison, but they cannot take away your true home and your freedom. Thich Nhat Hanh
We were very happy to learn that Thay was able to return to VietNam...and his root temple in Hue. Please hold him in your prayers.
I hope that you are well and happy. and being home wherever you are.
This is a reminder that we will be gathering Sunday evening at 6 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County at the Lily Pads complex in Peace Dale.. We will enjoy sitting/ walking/ sitting meditation. We will continue to learn from Thay's book, "Creating True Peace", We will recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings and share the Dharma. Ann G will be facilitating. I hope you are able to join us.
We just returned from the Blue Cliff Retreat. It was a lovely gathering hosted by the Plum Village Monastics. There were some wonderful Dharma talks. They are available on youtube. There was one that might be of particular interest to those of us who are working with the Sutra on the full Awareness of Breathing...that is a wonderful one by Thay Phap Luu and can be found by going to youtube and typing in, "Something there is that doesn't love a wall" The actual talk begins 19 minutes into the video...there are announcements and chanting before the talk.
Please hold our own Wendy Warburton in your prayers. She had knee surgery on Friday. The surgery went very well and she is expecting to be home on Sunday. You can send love and healing energy to Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, our dear friend, Tina Toomey's mother died on Tuesday, August 27. Tina writes... "My mom died a week ago Tuesday. I would appreciate if the sangha would keep her in their thoughts/heart as she is transitions from this world. Her name was Natalie L, like in Louise, Cantor 😊." http://www.bethisraelchapel.com/m/obituaries/Natalie-Cantor-2/Memories Please hold Tina's mother, Tina, and her whole family in your heart and prayers, You can send a note of love to Tina at email@example.com
There is now a Facebook page for the RI Community of Mindfulness. You can access it at ....
Those who created it wrote, "Please let everyone know about this new page. We invite everyone who has a Facebook account (and is willing!) to "Like" the page. Also, we invite folks to post photos and videos of sangha-related events and activities to the page (or to tag the page when posting on their own wall). Please note that those posting must ensure they have permission of anyone pictured first, though. And all posts will need to be approved by the site admins, to ensure they are sangha-related.
Also, please remember that there is a googlegroup for the Sangha...where you can communicate directly with each other...to organize ride shares to different activities, ask for prayers or for help, make announcement, and to learn about socially engaged opportunities. If you would like to belong to that group, please contact Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be able to celebrate our communities 25th Anniversary at our RI Community of Mindfulness Picnic on September 30 at Colt State Park in Bristol., site #3 from 11-3 PM. Please bring your friends, families, pets, a vegetarian dish to share, a song, instrument, game...and your fun-loving heart. It is in a beautiful place with lovely people...I hope you will be able to be with us.
THEN TO CONTINUE THE CELEBRATION... THE MOVIE, "WALK WITH ME"
We will be able to enjoy the new film about Thay and the Plum Village Community , "Walk With Me", at the Cable Car Cinema. The event sold out in less than a week. If you were unable to get a ticket, please know that we are looking at the possibility of having another showing... The film is a matinee and we are also exploring the possibility of having a walking meditation along the river walk after the showing. I will keep you posted about these things.
I hope you are able to be with us for all of the above....and until then....
you might like to water some seeds of joy by appreciating what an amazing planet we are a part of.
with much love and the joy of interbeing with you, Joanne