10-21-17 Sangha Update

The beauty of impermanence....The beauty of impermanence.... No autumn....no springtime!

“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud --- the obstacles of life and its suffering. ... The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. ... Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one. ” ― Goldie Hawn

"No mud, no lotus." Thich Nhat Hanh

“Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Dear Friends, I hope you are all well and happy and enjoying this autumn evening. This is just a reminder that we will be gathering at our home again this Sunday, October 22 at 6 PM. We will enjoy sitting meditation, I will offer a short talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us. I am also sending out a survey to help us have a productive Care Taking meeting.I hope you will take a few minutes to respond to it.Please return your answers to me by the end of the week. thank you! The Day of Mindfulness in West Hartford is full so they have closed registration. There will be another showing of the film, "Walk With Me" at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport on Thursday, November 2. If you were not able to see it in Providence...here is another opportunity! If you would like to communicate directly with the Sangha with engaged practice opportunities...to arrange ride shares...to make prayer requests, etc. etc....please sign up to be a part of the googlegroup...contact Cindy at westnest5@verizon.net. In these challenging times, it is easy to think that one person doesn't make a difference....Mother Teresa said, "I don't do great things, I do small things with great love." Here is a woman from Long Island who is doing just that...building community...making a difference in the lives of the folks she touches....Enjoy! https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/15/nyregion/bryant-park-outdoor-tea-party.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0 I hope that you are able to be with us tomorrow...and until then, remember to breathe and enjoy every moment. with much love and many hugs,Joanne


Dear Friends, I hope you are all well and enjoying this vibrant fall day. Please take a few moments to respond to this survey. It is always good to look deeply at our Sangha to see how it is supporting all of us and what changes we might make to be more supportive. The results will be used to help make our Care Taking meeting more fruitful. Thank you for supporting the Sangha. With lots of love, gratitude and the brilliance of a red leaf in the sunrise for you,Joanne

  1. What aspects of the sangha do you enjoy?
  2. In what ways do you feel the sangha supports your practice?
  3. How could the sangha better support your practice?
  4. Would you like to make any changes to the first of the month meeting?
    1. format?
    2. content?
    3. other?
  5. Would you like to make any changes to the second Sunday meeting?
    1. format
    2. content?
    3. other?
  6. Would you like to make any changes to the third Sunday meeting?
    1. format
    2. content?
    3. other?
  7. Would you like to make any changes to the fourth Sunday meeting?
    1. format
    2. content?
    3. other?
  8. Would you like to have Days of Mindfulness? If yes, how often?

    1. What topics would you like to see addressed?
  9. For two of our meetings, we use a book for the ground of our discussions….Are there any books that you would like to see us use in the future?
  10. Would you be willing to contribute to the sangha in any of the following ways?
    1. facilitate the discussion one month
    2. be bell master
    3. contribute cookies or fruit one month
    4. help organize  a day of mindfulness
    5. help organize a retreat
    6. sangha welfare – keeping in touch with members who have no email, who are ill, etc.
    7. other
  11. Are there any other suggestions you would like to make?

Thank you, thank you!