8-11-18 Sangha Update

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Rumi

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them. Rabindranath Tagore

One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. Maya Angelou

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T.S. Eliot

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well, acting from a place of beauty and dancing in the rain!

This is a reminder that we will be gathering tomorrow evening at the home of Cindy and John West at 6 PM. (directions below) We will enjoy a sitting meditation, continue to study Thay's teachings from "The Miracle of Mindfulness", and share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.

The Sangha Caring Committee has been organizing ways that as a community we can stay better connected and help one another. A deep bow of gratitude to them. I am including a letter that summarizes their work so far and a post card with all of the important contact information that you will need for requesting help, prayer requests, getting included in the sangha directory and our google group.Please save it as a hard copy or a photo on your phone for future reference. And also please feel free to request prayers and help....that's what a Sangha is for!

I am particularly grateful for the help that you all are offering. Thank you, thank you.


Please continue to hold Laura French in your prayers...you can visit or send love in the form of a note to her at 179 fairway Drive, North Kingstown RI 02852.

SANGHA PICNIC I also hope that you will SAVE THE DATE Saturday, October 6 when we will enjoy the annual RI Community of Mindfulness picnic at Colt State Park in Bristol. Site #3 at noon. Please bring a vegetarian dish, your family, your friends, your pets, a song, a poem, a game, an instrument....but most of all your joyful self. It is fun and a wonderful opportunity to meet folks from the other Sanghas that are part of our larger Community. I hope you will be able to join us.

In these challenging times when courage seems to be at a premium.... I feel that it is important for me to seek out inspiring people...here is a remarkable one...be inspired!

MyJewishLearning.com - Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MyJewishLearning/videos/chiune.../2219688364724310/ This Japanese diplomat risked his life to help thousands of Jews flee Europe during the Holocaust.

and if course to water some seeds of joy...and beauty...


with much love and lots of water for your highest and best seeds, Joanne

CARING COMMITTEE Dear Sangha, On June 25th, the Caring Committee met and discussed different ways in which we can help support to the Clear Heart Sangha. Tracey Buffum, Dori Gerhardt, Ed Dettman and Cindy West offered to be the point persons for requests for help. To facilitate things, it was decided that requests for support/help be emailed to Tracey Buffum (traceybuffum@gmail.com), who will then pass the info onto the others. We will then do our best to do what we are able, either amongst ourselves, or by sending it out to the broader Caretaking committee , and then the larger sangha. Our intention is to offer, when needed, meal support, household or transportation requests, and the like, as well as requests for metta. In the case of metta, we ask that you please email us what you would like for us to share, so that we do not send out misinformation, or info which is not accurate. Please include what you would like us to share and how you would like to receive well wishes - either email or snail mail and include that contact information. We will then post it to the google group, as well as sending it to Joanne to post on the Clear Heart Sangha email.

We are also creating a hard copy directory for members to communicate with each other. If you choose to be on this directory, names, numbers, emails and addresses will be available to all, and will be distributed as an email attachment or a paper copy. We will do our best to update this directory once or twice a year.

Another item discussed was our desire for more sangha building activities. If you are inclined, we welcome any/all to offer a gathering of your choice. Pot lucks, movies, walks, book discussions were all suggested. Putting a limit on the number of persons attending is fine, and can be more accommodating for those with smaller spaces to share/offer. Ideally, it would be wonderful to offer 3-4 activities each year, in addition to our regular Sunday gatherings.

Active involvement in any activity often fosters a greater depth of practice. We encourage members to offer their support by inviting the bell, or help to facilitate a meeting. Both of these things are a gift that we can offer, and it allows those who frequently do so, some space to enjoy each aspect of our gathering. There is plenty information available to help make it both fruitful and comfortable to participate!

As has been our habit, we welcome any to sign up for the Google group email to help stay connected to events/activities. We encourage you to post any happenings that seem pertinent to our Sangha.

Easiest, perhaps, if in the subject line, it is mentioned what sort of activity that it is, ie., Social action opportunity, carpooling, or social event, etc.

Many thanks to all who participated in the meeting, offering their time, care and support. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful practice where we do our best to help one another!

Please cut and save the following for future quick reference or you might like to take a photo for your phone. Then please put it to good use!


Here are the ways to access the different Sangha resources.

Requests for Help: Point Person is Tracey Buffum - 401 633 4214 and e-mail traceybuffum@gmail.com. This includes requests for meal support, household or transportation requests, etc. can be sent to Tracey and she will get them to the proper person.

Prayer Requests Point Person - Tracey Buffum - 401 633 4214 and e-mail traceybuffum@gmail.com. Please write exactly what you would like to be shared, and where friends can send notes or cards. Do you prefer email or snail mail? In either case, please include contact information you would like them to use. If you would like your prayer request to be sent out as part of the Sangha Update, please send the information to Tracey. You may also feel free to post prayer requests to the google group yourself.

Hard Copy Directory - Point Person - Linda Lamont lslamont@gmail.com If you choose to be listed in this directory, names, numbers, emails and addresses will be available to all,

Google Group - Point Person - Cindy West - westnest5@verizon.net group email to help stay connected to events/activities/requests for ride sharing, etc. We encourage you to post any happenings that seem pertinent to our Sangha or if you would like to offer a social event. In subject line, please mention what sort of activity it is, ie., Social action opportunity, carpooling, or social event, etc.


From Cindy....

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)!