“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
― Albert Camus
“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.”
― Sarah Addison Allen
“That old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air ... Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year's mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.”
― Wallace Stegner
I hope this finds you well and enjoying the new beginnings that autumn offers us.
Thank you to all of you who were able to be with us at the picnic on Saturday the 21st ...It was the perfect day for a picnic and wonderful to be with so many sweet beings. It was a delight!
There will not be a Sangha gathering tomorrow because it is the 5th Sunday. We will be gathering next Sunday, Oct 6 at 6 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County at the Lily Pads Complex on North Rd. in Peace Dale. We will enjoy sitting/walking/sitting meditation, and share the Dharma. I will share more info next week. I do hope that you will be able to be with us.
I have been invited to offer a Day of Mindfulness in West Hartford....
TAKING REFUGE IN THE THREE JEWELS: THE BUDDHA, THE DHARMA, THE SANGHA
Saturday October 19, 10:00am - 4:00pm
The Village for Families and Children, 1680 Albany Ave., Hartford, CT
Hosted by the Greater Hartford Sangha, this day includes a Dharma Talk from Joanne Friday, Q & A, sitting, walking (outdoors) and eating meditation (vegetarian lunch provided). Please bring preferred meditation props, mug for tea/coffee, dish, bowl and utensils
To register, contact Debra Ty below by October 15. Space is limited to 70 people and preregistration is required.
For more info: Debra Ty at 860-944-5164 email@example.com or Kerri Orr at 619-886-0942 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you also to all of you who were able to participate in the climate change rally in Providence Friday the 20th . The Providence Journal reported 1000 people had participated. It was wonderful to be with folks from all different Sanghas and so many committed young people who deeply care about this planet and their future.
To get a feel for the energy of the march, you can find a video at this link and Our group begins at 5:06...Enjoy!
If you are interested in being a part of the Plum Village global Sangha which keeps connected with engaged practice to address climate change, you might like to check out their website at www.EarthHolderSangha.org
There is also a international Sangha called ARISE
ARISE (Awakening through Race, Intersectionality, and Social Equity) Sangha is an international community of lay practitioners and monastics in the Plum Village tradition of Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh. ARISE Sangha is dedicated to looking deeply at racial and social inequity, to heal the wounds within ourselves and within the mahasangha, and to transform this suffering into compassion, understanding, and love in action. More info at arisesangha.org
And last, but certainly not least for me...I want to thank all of you who have been sending metta and good wishes. We just got back from a couple days of scanning at Sloan Kettering and, even though I had had some troubling blood work which necessitated the testing, the results showed no progression of disease! I love being in this dimension with all of you, so I am very glad to get a bit of an extension on my expiration date. Thank you all so much for your care and concern.
I look forward to being with you Oct. 6. Until then, enjoy these glorious first days of autumn!
with much love and the joy of a 24 brand new hours for you,