11-18-17 Sangha Update

You can spend your whole life listening to internal and external messages without ever hearing the voice of your deepest desire… If you have space and silence to listen deeply to yourself, you may find within you a strong desire to help other people, to bring love and compassion to others, to create positive transformation in the world. Whatever your job—whether you lead a corporation, serve food, teach, or take care of others—if you have a strong and clear understanding of your purpose and how your work relates to it, this can be a powerful source of joy in your life.

- Thich Nhat Hanh

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.” ― Anne Frank

Dear Friends,

As the days shorten, I hope you are well, listening deeply to yourself and lighting candles instead of cursing the darkness!

You can keep your own and each others' lights glowing brightly through our practice. It is an important time to take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha. We need to water the highest and best seeds in ourselves and each other, so we have enough energy to educate ourselves, be with what is and to respond skillfully.

We will have an opportunity to do that this coming Sunday evening at 6 PM at 725 Matunuck School House Rd, Wakefield. We will enjoy a sitting meditation, I will share some of Thay's teachings for navigating the times in which we are living, and we will share the Dharma.

Some opportunities.....

A reminder that because the film "Walk with Me " was sold out at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport (300 attended!), another showing has been scheduled for November 20 at 7:30. If you have not seen it, or have friends who have not seen it, please let them know to get their tickets ahead of time on line at http://janepickens.com I have heard from several folks who had traveled over to Newport, only to find out that there were no tickets. If you can help Ann G with the information table please respond to this email.

Also we want to offer a Day of Mindfulness in January. Several folks have requested that we offer a formal transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings...and we will offer a ceremony at that time. If you are interested in receiving the Transmission or helping with the Day of Mindfulness, please respond to this email.

Engaged Practice

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and for those of us who have enough, a time for giving so that others can have something to be thankful for. I know that you are some of the biggest hearted people I know..so this is probably not necessary, but just as a reminder.....There are so many shelters and community organizations which provide dinners for folks. Please consider donating time and/or money to these organizations that feed the bodies and souls of our siblings. As Mother Teresa said, "If there is no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."


The administration is now trying to destroy some of the provisions of the health care program through their tax bill. so they can maintain benefits for the rich, the corporations and the real estate corporations. I would be one of the largest transfers of wealth from the poor to the rich in history. Medicare will be cut...in order to pay for tax cuts to the wealthy..Time for a love letter to your Congressmen...all of their contact info is here....https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

Also pertaining to health care, our administration withdrew the funding to advertise the enrollment period for health care. It is trying to sabotage the ACA so that it will appear that the program is a failure. They could not pass a bill to undo it so Instead of improving the program...they are destroying it by cutting funding. Will not insure the reimbursements to the providers so that premiums will rise exponentially. They have cut the enrollment period in half...deadline is now Dec 15 and cut the advertising budget by 90% So...it is up to us to let our friends who are in need of insurance know of this. Please pass this info on to anyone you know who needs to enroll. Thank you, thank you. getamericacovered.org

I recall Jesus saying"Forgive them, they know not what they do." The ignorance on the part of some lawmakers on the long term impact of their actions and our state of interbeing is very profound. Along with taking effective action to protect our country and the people who suffer, we need to also be sending lots of metta to those lawmakers and hold them in our prayers.

And to restore your faith in humans and expand your capacity to be with what is....water some seeds of joy!

The power of one.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbrEVGIU-i0

pure joy!....and magic! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5p2A5mazEs&t=4s

In these times, it is very important to water lots of seeds of joy..so we can respond skillfully and effectively .

In the meantime, I hope you will be able to be with us tomorrow evening..

with much love and the joy of interbeing with all of you, Joanne Chan Lac Thi True Joy of Giving