6-16-18 Sangha Update

And what is so rare as a day in June?Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays: Whether we look, or whether we listen, We hear life murmur, or see it glisten; James Russell Lowell

And Happy Father's Day!

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you. H. Jackson Brown, Jr

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.” ― William Faulkner

The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively. Bob Marley

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and enjoying these beautiful June days and for those of you who are fathers, we want to thank you for taking on such an important practice and we hope you have a lovely day.

This is just a reminder that we will be gathering at our home on Sunday at 6 PM. We will enjoy sitting/walking and sitting meditation, I will offer a talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope that you will be able to be with us.

GOOD NEWS! Twenty Six Order members received Lamp Transmission at the 21 Day Retreat at Plum Village. Two from the Northeast were Valerie Brown and Bruce Nichols. We are sooooo happy!

The lamp transmission refers to “the manner in which the teaching, or Dharma, is passed from a Zen master to their disciple. The procedure establishes the disciple as a transmitting teacher in their own right and successor in an unbroken lineage of teachers and disciples, a spiritual ‘bloodline’ theoretically traced back to the Buddha himself.” According to Zen schools, the first instance of Dharma transmission occurred as transcribed in the Flower Sermon, when the Buddha held up a golden lotus flower given to him by Brahma before an assembly of “gods and men.”

Two Bodhisattvas!

The Cape Sangha Retreat is full. If you want to be on a wait list, please go to joannefriday.com/calendar...

A new Sangha will be starting up in Newport on July 9 at 6:30PM at St. Paul's Methodist Church. Please save the date and more information will follow. It will be lovely to be able to have the folks on Aquidneck Island have access to a Sangha.

I have included information below for those of you who are interested in Engaged Practice. I personally feel that what our country is doing now is beyond partisan politics...it is a matter of human rights. As someone who spent a big part of my life doing crisis intervention counseling with children, it is terrible to imagine the damage that is being done to these children. There are ways that we might help.

There are two lovely snippets of Thay..... Please copy and past into youtube and it will take you to....

"Your Parents Are Alive in You - Thích Nhất Hạnh, Inherited Trauma"

"Thay rolls a lotus petal and begins smiling... but we had no idea what would happen next!"

and again...paste into youtube to be delighted ...happy father's day...enjoy!

Dad joins ‘scared’ daughter during ballet dance to help fight stage fear.

with much love, Joanne

ENGAGED PRACTICE TO HELP STOP FAMILY SEPARATION...

I write to the folks in Washington. All contacts available at usa.gov/elected-officials

The ACLU is filing lawsuits https://www.aclu.org/

and I have found that Slate Magazine has good suggestions for helping. If you have friends out west, a lot of volunteers are needed.

How you can fight family separation at the border...https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/how-you-can-fight-family-separation-at-the-border.html