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Colt State Park
One day Ananda, who had been thinking deeply about things for a while, turned to the Buddha and exclaimed:“Lord, I’ve been thinking- spiritual friendship is at least half of the spiritual life!”
The Buddha replied: “Say not so, Ananda, say not so.
Spiritual friendship is the whole of the spiritual life!”
Samyutta Nikaya, Verse 2
There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.
I hope you are all well and enjoying these twenty-four brand new hours.
We are so blessed to have friends on the Path. We can enjoy those friends tomorrow at the picnic and on Sunday evening at our Sangha gathering. I hope you will be able to be with us.
Clare will be facilitating and writes this about Sunday's meeting...
"The Clear Heart sangha will be meeting this first Sunday of the month at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Peace Dale at 6:00 p.m. in addition to our monthly recitation of the five mindfulness trainings, we will begin our study of the fourteen mindfulness trainings. We will start with some background of the trainings and proceed to the first training of Openness.“Aware of the suffering created by fanaticism and intolerance, we are determined not to be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. We are committed to seeing the Buddhist teachings as a guiding means that help us learn to love deeply and develop understanding and compassion. They are not doctrines to fight, kill, or die for. We understand the 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 and ourselves and the world.” It will be inspiring to be studying and practicing these wonderful trainings with the support of the sangha."
I also hope that you will be able to join us on
Saturday, October 6 when we will enjoy the annual RI Community of Mindfulness picnic at Colt State Park in Bristol. Shelter #3 from 11-3 . 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.
I am very happy to announce that thanks to our friend Renee who connected with St. Augustine's Church on the URI campus, we have a new home for our fourth
Sunday of the month gathering. The folks at St. Augustine's were very welcoming and we will be meeting there for the first time on October 28. I will send more info closer to the date.
As you know, we are living in tumultuous times. We have a front row seat to see how the poisons of which the Buddha spoke - hatred, greed and delusion play themselves out. Because the FBI conducted what was called an investigation in which they were not permitted to investigate and a Justice who will not be trusted to be impartial because he has shown his biases and has been less than honest during his own testimony, is on track to be confirmed...it looks like in one vote the public confidence in our intelligence and justice departments can be destroyed. There were 25 potential candidates for this position. It is sad to think that this is the best we can do. Senator John Kennedy a Republican from Louisiana said "There are not going to be any winners in this". I know that we have the capacity to be better than this. Please educate yourself about what is happening and contact our friends in Washington -
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." It is wonderful that we will be reminded of the First Training on Sunday evening..."We understand the 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.”
And of course, as we try to take effective action...we need to remember to breathe, maintain our clarity and water seeds of joy.
and for pure delight... a Japanese Sound Garden
with much love and the joy of interbeing with all of you,