Happy Valentine's Day!
For true love is inexhaustible; the more you give, the more you have. And if you go to draw at the true fountainhead, the more water you draw, the more abundant is its flow.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“The third element of love is mudita, joy. True love always brings joy to ourselves and to the one we love. If our love does not bring joy to both of us, it is not true love.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh,
“The source of love is deep in us and we can help others realize a lot of happiness. One word, one action, one thought can reduce another person’s suffering and bring that person joy.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
I hope you are all well and happy and loving everyone.
Tomorrow evening we have the opportunity to gather with a whole group of lovable people at the West home (directions below) at 6 PM and we will enjoy sitting/walking/sitting, we'll continue to enjoy Thay's teachings from the book "The Art of Living" and share the Dharma.
I hope you will be able to be with us.
Please remember that there will be a Day of Mindfulness in Franklin, MA on March 2 -Registration forms are available at joannefriday.com/calendar There will be a Transmission of the Five Trainings at that time.
If you or anyone you know would like to receive the Transmission, please get the application at joannefriday.com/calendar and return it to me by February 16. Thank you, thank you.
Also please save the dates May 15-19 so that you can be with us at the Aldersgate Retreat. The registration will be opening shortly.
At our last gathering we focused on Thay's teachings on the four qualities of love. Here is an article about that....
and...to water some seeds of joy....be amazed by this murmuration of starlings.
Happy Lunar New Year!
Here are the Parallel Verses offered
by Plum Village for the New Year
May it be so!
with much true love for you,
Love Birds....a love story
DIRECTIONS TO THE WEST HOME
We live about 2 miles from URI. From rt 138, go north onto Old North Rd. (across the street from big sign ““Kingston Hill Store Books Used and Rare””. Also, just a smidge west of the 138/108 traffic light). Old North Rd starts off as a one way, continues on as a two way street, and finally ends as a T. You will see our corner property from there. Go left at the T (Old North Rd meets Stoneyfort Rd), and then a quick right onto Plantation Dr. We are the first home on the right (2nd driveway is easiest). Come on in the side door (porch/kitchen)!