“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
― Rachel Carson
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”
― Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living
I hope you are well and enjoying this extraordinarily glorious day. It is important to water our seeds of joy so that we have the strength to do what needs to be done in these times in which we live.
It was wonderful to be able to be together last week and look at the 10th Training...to take a deeper look at Engaged Buddhism - Love in Action - how we can resolve conflicts without falling into dualistic thinking and watering our own unwholesome seeds. We have a very challenging Path to follow, and it does lead to liberation. We no longer have to be victims of our unwholesome states of mind.
We can continue to put love into action on Sunday evening at 6 PM at the West home - directions below. We will enjoy sitting/walking and sitting meditation, share some more of Thay's teachings from "The Art of Living" and share the Dharma. Clare will be facilitating and it should be lovely. I hope you will be able to join us.
In these turbulent times in which we live, it is more important than ever that we deepen our practice so that we can take effective action. Here is an excellent article about Thich Nhat Hanh who founded Engaged Buddhism.
Please remember to use the Plum Village App.
And, remember the Sangha Picnic! Sept 21 Colt State Park Shelter #3 at 11 AM- ?
I have included some links to our monasteries for those of you who don't follow them. They offer retreats, on line teachings...they are wonderful refuges and resources to help us deepen our practice.
There will be a lovely retreat for Northeast practitioners in Vermont from Oct. 24-27 led by 3 wonderful teachers...Fern Dorrsteyn, Michael Ciborski, and Richard Brady. You can get info and registration forms at uvmindfulnessmeditation.org
Here is something I shared a couple years ago...but sadly it seems to be even more relevant now. It is very inspiring. We can build a community of caring rather than fear. We need to hold on to a vision of the world we want to create and do all we can to create causes and conditions for that too manifest.
Let's learn from the trees who love and care for one another....
from Deborah Suchy Barlow...
with much love and the joy of interbeing with you,
DIRECTIONS TO THE WEST HOME AT 9 PLANTATION DR.,
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)!