8-4-18 Sangha Update

Potential lotuses....planting lots of good seeds

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I said to my children, 'I'm going to work and do everything that I can do to see that you get a good education. I don't ever want you to forget that there are millions of God's children who will not and cannot get a good education, and I don't want you feeling that you are better than they are. For you will never be what you ought to be until they are what they ought to be― Martin Luther King Jr.

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us. Wilma Rudolph

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and realizing your potential during these sultry summer days.

This is a reminder that we will be gathering tomorrow evening at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County at the Lily Pads complex on North Rd. in Peace Dale at 6 PM. We will enjoy a sitting meditation, continue to study Thay's teachings on "Creating Peace", recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings 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.

I have been experiencing a bit of a rocky road with my treatments, so 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. 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 I feel that it is important for me to seek out inspiring people...here is a remarkable one...be inspired!


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


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!

Save the following for future quick reference


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.