The last zinnias of summer!Letting go!
"Although we have been made to believe that if we let go we will end up with nothing, life itself reveals again and again the opposite: that letting go is the path to real freedom. Sogyal Rinpoche
“The trees are about to show you just how beautiful letting go can be.”
I hope that you are enjoying these beautiful, crisp autumn days and feeling freer and freer.
We will have an opportunity to enjoy it together on Sunday evening. We will be gathering at our home at 6 PM at 725 Matunuck School House Rd. We will enjoy a sitting meditation, I will offer a short talk, Clare will mind the bell and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.
BELL INSTRUCTION: For those of you who would like to become familiar with offering the big bell, Cindy will be offering bell instruction at 5:15 before the Sangha gathering. I hope you will consider coming. It is a lovely practice. Here is a video of Sr. Dang Nghiem offering bell instruction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8JujJwXwgI&t=289s
We have lots of opportunities for practice. There will be a Day of Mindfulness on Saturday the 27th in West Hartford.. if anyone feels like taking a short field trip you might like to join us.
DAY OF MINDFULNESS -Greater Hartford Sangha Annual Fall Day of Mindfulness:Refuge in the Three Jewels: The Buddha, The Dharma, The SanghaGuest Dharma Teacher: Joanne Friday, in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 Check In Time: 9:30 a.m. Program Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: The Village for Families and Children, 1680 Albany Avenue, Hartford CT (Directions at www.villageforchildren.org Pre-registration and payment of $20 is required registration forms available at joanne friday.com/calendar
There is also information about the new PV App below ! Enjoy!
You have probably all noticed that we are living in tumultuous times. We are confronted with daily opportunities to deepen our practice. We have a front row seat to see how the poisons of which the Buddha spoke - hatred, greed and delusion play themselves out. Thay and the Buddha have given us a roadmap to help us to effectively navigate these troubled waters.... Not allowing our own seeds of hatred and anger and violence to be watered and strengthened in our consciousness, and to confront injustice out of love for those sufferng the injustice and not out of hatred for those causing it.
Doris Kearns Goodwin gives us some encouragement to take action. She is someone who can put it into historical perspective for us and is clear that it's been people taking action that have changed the course of history. - Margaret Mead said , "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." May we all be thoughtful and committed! https://www.cbsnews.com/news/historian-doris-kearns-goodwin-on-whether-we-are-living-in-the-worst-of-times/
This is the last line of the 9th of our 14 Mindfulness Trainings.
"We will do our best to speak out about situations of injustice, even when doing so may make difficulties for us or threaten our safety."
the First Training of the Fourteen..."We understand that fanaticism in its many forms is the result of perceiving things in a dualistic or discriminative manner. We will train ourselves to look at everything with openness and the insight of interbeing in order to transform dogmatism and violence in ourselves and the world.”
You will find some opportunities for Engaged Practice below....
If you would like to connect directly with other Sangha members to exchange ideas, organize ride sharing, offer suggestions for social action, etc. join our google group. Contact Cindy West firstname.lastname@example.org and she will get you signed up.
And of course, as we try to take effective action...we need to remember to breathe, maintain our clarity, and water seeds of joy! Here is a wonderful talk about trees communicating. May we be as wise as the trees! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un2yBgIAxYs&t=11s
They also understand beginning anew. "No matter what happens in your life, you can always start over."
There are so many wonderful beings doing their best to make this world a better place...being reminded of that waters my seeds of joy...I hope it waters yours also!
Mr. Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." I hope you will be able to be with us tomorrow evening and in the meantime, I hope that you are enjoying every moment.
with much love, many hugs and the freedom of a brilliant leaf dancing on an autumn breeze for you, Joanne
FROM THE THICH NHAT HANH FOUNDATION...CELEBRATE THAY'S LEGACY...INSTALL THE NEW PV APP!
PLUM VILLAGE APP
The Plum Village App is out!
Through the PV App, you can:
Listen to guided meditations and your favorite chants
Set regular mindfulness bells
Read Thay's responses to big questions
And much more!
The app is available for download through the PV App website:
Engaged Opportunities...November 6 - VOTE“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”John F. Kennedy
Some members of the Sangha are writing post cards to help get out the vote..this is organized throughhttps://postcardstovoters.org
and....another Women's March in Washington...Jan 19, 2019https://www.womensmarch.com/2019/ some people from the Sangha have been able to secure a place to stay at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University.https://www.kelloggconferencehotel.com