“Meditation is the process of transformation and beautification of soul from a leaf-eating caterpillar to a nectar-sipping butterfly. It grows with the wings of love and compassion.”
― Amit Ray
Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things they are transformed.
Thich Nhat Hanh
“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.”
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
I hope you are all well and enoying this peaceful evening.
We will be gathering tomorrow evening at St. Augustine's Church on Lower College Road in Kingston at 6 PM. We will enjoy sitting/walking/sitting meditation, we will hear a short talk by Thich Nhat Hanh on Love and share the Dharma. Mary and Emil will co-facilitate. It should be lovely. I hope you will be able to be with us.
This is also a reminder that there will the 10th annual Day of Mindfulness in Franklin, MA on March 2. A Transmission Ceremony for the Five Mindfulness Trainings will be offered. It is always a lovely day...the Path of Pease Sangha does a lovely job of creating optimal conditions for us to be joyfully together. If you would like to join us...the registration forms for the day and the application forms for the Transmission are available at joannefriday.com
I am including a wonderful talk by Thay Phap Dung, one of the senior monastic Dharma teachers at Plum Village. It is about the genesis of our Order and the Four Pillars...enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz0ippcmqKw&list=PLaX_vxbhs8fiSweHXyatXy1X_nLOMmGQ4&index=15&t=0s
Thanks to all who were able to join us at the State House on Saturday to joyfully stand up for peace, love and justice. It was fun!
Let's build a model of love and respect and care for ourselves, each other and the planet.
In the process, let's enjoy every moment!
with lots of love and trust,