“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house."
[Notebook, Oct. 10, 1842]” ― Nathaniel Hawthorne, The American Notebooks
“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.” ―
Sarah Addison Allen,
I asked the leaf whether it was frightened because it was Autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, "No. During the whole spring and summer I was completely alive. I worked hard to help nourish the tree, and now much of me is in the tree. I am not limited by this form. I am also the whole tree, and when I go back to the soil, I will continue to nourish the tree. So I don’t worry at all. As I leave this branch and float to the ground, I will wave to the tree and tell her, ‘I will see you again very soon.’ "
That day there was a wind blowing and, after a while, I saw the leaf leave the branch and float down to the soil, dancing joyfully, because as it floated it saw itself already there in the tree. It was so happy. I bowed my head, knowing that I have a lot to learn from the leaf because it is not afraid-it knew nothing can be born and nothing can die.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh
I hope you are all well, have weathered the storm and are enjoying the freedom of a leaf dancing on an autumn breeze.
This is a reminder that there will be a gathering tomorrow evening at a NEW LOCATION!!!
We will be gathering at 6 PM at St. Augustine's church on Lower College Rd. in Kingston, RI. We will enjoy sitting,/ walking/sitting meditation, sharing Thay's teachings and sharing the Dharma. Cindy will be facilitating and Stephanie will mind the bell.We are grateful to the Van Horn's for hosting this meeting for as long as they did, and we are grateful to St. A's for willingness to share their lovely space with us going forward. I hope you will be able to be with us. If extra parking is needed we are permitted to use the parking lot at the Child Development Center across the street
A SANGHA THANKSGIVING DINNER
- Sunday, November 18
You are invited to come at 4 PM to our home for a vegetarian potluck dinner.
It will not be a "traditional Thanksgiving dinner" but it will be one that we will enjoy together with thanksgiving! We will have our usual 3rd Sunday meeting following our dinner. I hope you will be able to come.
We are also feeling lots of gratitude for those who have been organizing a Care Taking Committee for the Sangha. Below is a letter and a survey from them. I hope that you will take a couple of minutes (literally) to respond to it. It will be a big help to the Sangha. Thank you, thank you.
And to water some seeds of joy....
At our last gathering, I offered a recording of the monks and nuns chanting "Invoking the Buddha and Bodhisattvas" . Some people wanted the link....here it is...
If that link does not work, you can go to youtube and type in "plum village songs invocation of the buddhas"
If you have an apple music account you can go to
lots of other music and practice songs available at these links....Enjoy!!!
with lots of love and gratitude for you,
Here is Cindy's letter for the Care Taking Council....
How wonderful it is to have a loving and supportive Sangha, such as we have, to nourish us. I hope that you all have felt supported, in both your practice and your daily lives. There are so many ways for our energy to be pulled into the direction of disappointment, despair,or any other difficult emotions. It certainly feels like a gift to have the Sangha, to remind us of the multitude of joys available in every moment, if we have cultivated the skills/tools to do so. Our deep gratitude goes, indeed, to the Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha! A gratitude equally as deep goes toward Thich Nhat Hanh for the beautiful transmission of such teachings to our beloved teacher Joanne. How fortunate we are that Joanne has been so available to us to continue the transmissions for our benefits!
Often times it is easy for me to forget how tenuous that gift can be. Take a few key players out of the mix, and what becomes of our Sangha? To not have the benefit of such a group would be a challenge for me! It is for this reason that a handful of us have gathered to form a care taking committee, whose aim is to not only do our best to nourish the Sangha as a whole, but also the members in our Sangha, as best we can. Our smaller, sub committee ( thank you Tracey, Dori, and Ed) and myself met recently and are working to set the foundation for a working platform for offering and delivering care to our members. In order for this to work, we need the help of the wider Sangha.
If you would be so kind, please look over the following information, decide where you may be able to help, and get back to Dori Gehardt (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will compile the responses, with what/where you may be able to contribute. There are no binding obligations with this, just a reference for where we might look for help, when the request comes in.
As a reminder, when trying to fill in this survey, you must first “forward“ this email to
email@example.com , at which point you will be allowed to write into the survey below.
CARE TAKING SURVEY
Please check off any areas you think you might be able to help (there is no obligation, this is just a reference point)
__ Sending emails, cards
__ Helping with chores inside the house
__ Helping with outside chores, ie raking leaves, etc
__ Pet care
__ Other ______________________________
Please indicate what days & times you might be available and how far you are willing to drive (again, there is no obligation)
Days & Times available ______________________________
What town are you located in & how far are you willing to drive: ______________________________
again, please contact Dori with what you might be able to offer at
We discussed the google group use, and the desire that it generate more interest as a way of strengthening our Sangha connections. We discussed the value of reminding all, that it is more user friendly if members will do their best to
“reply to sender” rather than “reply to all”.
The extra mail generated in members’ mailboxes can be a detriment to our efforts of our list serve. I will likely send a gentle reminder on the google list with the same suggestion.
Please feel free to contact me with any thoughts, questions or concerns about how to strengthen our care taking efforts for our beautiful Clear Heart Sangha.
In the meanwhile, may you feel peace, love and ease, as we move towards the seasons where the natural world encourages us to slow into more stillness.
Breathing in, I feel myself slowing down,
Breathing out, I feel grateful,
in peace and love,
Cindy West for the Clear Heart Care Taking Committee