6-9-18 Sangha Update

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi

When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future. Bernard Meltzer

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Friends,

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend, forgiving yourself and everyone. I have been looking deeply at the art of forgiveness...it is a powerful step into freedom.

We can take a big step to becoming freer tomorrow night as we deepen our practice together at 6PM at the home of the West's. (directions below) We will enjoy sitting/walking (in the garden - weather permitting) sitting meditation and sharing the Dharma. I hope that you are able to join us.

CAPE SANGHA RETREAT IS FULL - The Cape retreat filled in one week...even quicker than usual. I am sorry if you wanted to join us, but were too late. They usually maintain a cancellation list - there are always some folks at the last minute.

HELP THE SANGHA. Please remember, there will be a meeting on Monday the 25th to look together at ways to take care of and strengthen the Sangha. If you are interested in helping out, whether you can attend the meeting or not, please contact Cindy at westnest5@verizon.net.

A MOST INSPIRING STORY This is one of the most moving stories since Nelson Mandela. Anthony Ray Hinton was unjustly on death row for 30 years. His book, "The Sun Does Shine", he describes some wonderful ways he survived unspeakable injustice, ie. creating a book club for death row inmates! Now free....without resentment or hatred...he is truly free. Freer than a lot of us who hold on to grievances. A truly amazing being. I am looking forward to savoring his book and continuing to support Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative...so this doesn't continue to happen. For an interview with Mr. Hinton go to....


There is a lovely question and answer session with Thich Nhat Hanh on youtube...you can access it by typing in.... "How to let anger out?"

The Blue Cliff monastics are also inviting anyone who would like to, to travel with them to India...information is below.

So we have lots and lots of opportunities to deepen our understanding and our practice. I hope you will be able to be with us tomorrow...if not, I hope that you are looking at all of the conditions for happiness that you have in your life...and enjoy every minute.

with much love, Joanne


Dear Friends,

We invite you to join us on a journey through a fascinating and mysterious India – as we walk 'In the Footsteps of the Buddha'. The pilgrimage is an unforgettable opportunity to explore areas that few tourists visit and to see and experience aspects of Indian life that, in many ways, have not changed since the time of the Buddha. We invite you to journey with other practitioners, including monastics from the Plum Village tradition, on a transformative journey that will allow you to touch an ancient culture and civilization, and experience the life of the Buddha through the places he lived and taught.

go to bluecliffmonastery.org for the details The Brothers and Sisters at Blue Cliff Monastery

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)!