8-11-18 Sangha Update

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Rumi

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless when facing them. Rabindranath Tagore

One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. Maya Angelou

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T.S. Eliot

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well, acting from a place of beauty and dancing in the rain!

This is a reminder that we will be gathering tomorrow evening at the home of Cindy and John West at 6 PM. (directions below) We will enjoy a sitting meditation, continue to study Thay's teachings from "The Miracle of Mindfulness", and share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.

The Sangha Caring Committee has been organizing ways that as a community we can stay better connected and help one another. A deep bow of gratitude to them. I am including a letter that summarizes their work so far and a post card with all of the important contact information that you will need for requesting help, prayer requests, getting included in the sangha directory and our google group.Please save it as a hard copy or a photo on your phone for future reference. And also please feel free to request prayers and help....that's what a Sangha is for!

I am particularly grateful for the help that you all are offering. Thank you, thank you.

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please continue to hold Laura French in your prayers...you can visit or send love in the form of a note to her at 179 fairway Drive, North Kingstown RI 02852.

SANGHA PICNIC I also hope that you will SAVE THE DATE Saturday, October 6 when we will enjoy the annual RI Community of Mindfulness picnic at Colt State Park in Bristol. Site #3 at noon. 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.

In these challenging times when courage seems to be at a premium.... I feel that it is important for me to seek out inspiring people...here is a remarkable one...be inspired!

MyJewishLearning.com - Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MyJewishLearning/videos/chiune.../2219688364724310/ This Japanese diplomat risked his life to help thousands of Jews flee Europe during the Holocaust.

and if course to water some seeds of joy...and beauty...

https://www.facebook.com/Climaextremo2/videos/2049436398705870/

with much love and lots of water for your highest and best seeds, Joanne

CARING COMMITTEE Dear Sangha, On June 25th, the Caring Committee met and discussed different ways in which we can help support to the Clear Heart Sangha. Tracey Buffum, Dori Gerhardt, Ed Dettman and Cindy West offered to be the point persons for requests for help. To facilitate things, it was decided that requests for support/help be emailed to Tracey Buffum (traceybuffum@gmail.com), who will then pass the info onto the others. We will then do our best to do what we are able, either amongst ourselves, or by sending it out to the broader Caretaking committee , and then the larger sangha. Our intention is to offer, when needed, meal support, household or transportation requests, and the like, as well as requests for metta. In the case of metta, we ask that you please email us what you would like for us to share, so that we do not send out misinformation, or info which is not accurate. Please include what you would like us to share and how you would like to receive well wishes - either email or snail mail and include that contact information. We will then post it to the google group, as well as sending it to Joanne to post on the Clear Heart Sangha email.

We are also creating a hard copy directory for members to communicate with each other. If you choose to be on this directory, names, numbers, emails and addresses will be available to all, and will be distributed as an email attachment or a paper copy. We will do our best to update this directory once or twice a year.

Another item discussed was our desire for more sangha building activities. If you are inclined, we welcome any/all to offer a gathering of your choice. Pot lucks, movies, walks, book discussions were all suggested. Putting a limit on the number of persons attending is fine, and can be more accommodating for those with smaller spaces to share/offer. Ideally, it would be wonderful to offer 3-4 activities each year, in addition to our regular Sunday gatherings.

Active involvement in any activity often fosters a greater depth of practice. We encourage members to offer their support by inviting the bell, or help to facilitate a meeting. Both of these things are a gift that we can offer, and it allows those who frequently do so, some space to enjoy each aspect of our gathering. There is plenty information available to help make it both fruitful and comfortable to participate!

As has been our habit, we welcome any to sign up for the Google group email to help stay connected to events/activities. We encourage you to post any happenings that seem pertinent to our Sangha.

Easiest, perhaps, if in the subject line, it is mentioned what sort of activity that it is, ie., Social action opportunity, carpooling, or social event, etc.

Many thanks to all who participated in the meeting, offering their time, care and support. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful practice where we do our best to help one another!


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CLEAR HEART CARING COMMITTEE

Here are the ways to access the different Sangha resources.

Requests for Help: Point Person is Tracey Buffum - 401 633 4214 and e-mail traceybuffum@gmail.com. This includes requests for meal support, household or transportation requests, etc. can be sent to Tracey and she will get them to the proper person.

Prayer Requests Point Person - Tracey Buffum - 401 633 4214 and e-mail traceybuffum@gmail.com. Please write exactly what you would like to be shared, and where friends can send notes or cards. Do you prefer email or snail mail? In either case, please include contact information you would like them to use. If you would like your prayer request to be sent out as part of the Sangha Update, please send the information to Tracey. You may also feel free to post prayer requests to the google group yourself.

Hard Copy Directory - Point Person - Linda Lamont lslamont@gmail.com If you choose to be listed in this directory, names, numbers, emails and addresses will be available to all,

Google Group - Point Person - Cindy West - westnest5@verizon.net group email to help stay connected to events/activities/requests for ride sharing, etc. We encourage you to post any happenings that seem pertinent to our Sangha or if you would like to offer a social event. In subject line, please mention what sort of activity it is, ie., Social action opportunity, carpooling, or social event, etc.

DIRECTIONS TO THE WEST HOME

From Cindy....

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)!

8-4-18 Sangha Update

Potential lotuses....planting lots of good seeds

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I said to my children, 'I'm going to work and do everything that I can do to see that you get a good education. I don't ever want you to forget that there are millions of God's children who will not and cannot get a good education, and I don't want you feeling that you are better than they are. For you will never be what you ought to be until they are what they ought to be― Martin Luther King Jr.

Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us. Wilma Rudolph

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and realizing your potential during these sultry summer days.

This is a reminder that we will be gathering tomorrow evening at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County at the Lily Pads complex on North Rd. in Peace Dale at 6 PM. We will enjoy a sitting meditation, continue to study Thay's teachings on "Creating Peace", recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings and share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.

The Sangha Caring Committee has been organizing ways that as a community we can stay better connected and help one another. A deep bow of gratitude to them. I am including a letter that summarizes their work so far and a post card with all of the important contact information that you will need for requesting help, prayer requests, getting included in the sangha directory and our google group.Please save it as a hard copy or a photo on your phone for future reference.

I have been experiencing a bit of a rocky road with my treatments, so I am particularly grateful for the help that you all are offering. Thank you, thank you.

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please continue to hold Laura French in your prayers...you can visit or send love in the form of a note to her at 179 fairway Drive, North Kingstown RI 02852.

SANGHA PICNIC I also hope that you will SAVE THE DATE Saturday, October 6 when we will enjoy the annual RI Community of Mindfulness picnic at Colt State Park in Bristol. 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.

In these challenging times I feel that it is important for me to seek out inspiring people...here is a remarkable one...be inspired!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEH0xjg8yz8

and if course to water some seeds of joy...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDQUvm_Qdiw

with much love and lots of water for your highest and best seeds, Joanne

CARING COMMITTEE Dear Sangha, On June 25th, the Caring Committee met and discussed different ways in which we can help support to the Clear Heart Sangha. Tracey Buffum, Dori Gerhardt, Ed Dettman and Cindy West offered to be the point persons for requests for help. To facilitate things, it was decided that requests for support/help be emailed to Tracey Buffum (traceybuffum@gmail.com), who will then pass the info onto the others. We will then do our best to do what we are able, either amongst ourselves, or by sending it out to the broader Caretaking committee , and then the larger sangha. Our intention is to offer, when needed, meal support, household or transportation requests, and the like, as well as requests for metta. In the case of metta, we ask that you please email us what you would like for us to share, so that we do not send out misinformation, or info which is not accurate. Please include what you would like us to share and how you would like to receive well wishes - either email or snail mail and include that contact information. We will then post it to the google group, as well as sending it to Joanne to post on the Clear Heart Sangha email.

We are also creating a hard copy directory for members to communicate with each other. If you choose to be on this directory, names, numbers, emails and addresses will be available to all, and will be distributed as an email attachment or a paper copy. We will do our best to update this directory once or twice a year.

Another item discussed was our desire for more sangha building activities. If you are inclined, we welcome any/all to offer a gathering of your choice. Pot lucks, movies, walks, book discussions were all suggested. Putting a limit on the number of persons attending is fine, and can be more accommodating for those with smaller spaces to share/offer. Ideally, it would be wonderful to offer 3-4 activities each year, in addition to our regular Sunday gatherings.

Active involvement in any activity often fosters a greater depth of practice. We encourage members to offer their support by inviting the bell, or help to facilitate a meeting. Both of these things are a gift that we can offer, and it allows those who frequently do so, some space to enjoy each aspect of our gathering. There is plenty information available to help make it both fruitful and comfortable to participate!

As has been our habit, we welcome any to sign up for the Google group email to help stay connected to events/activities. We encourage you to post any happenings that seem pertinent to our Sangha. Easiest, perhaps, if in the subject line, it is mentioned what sort of activity that it is, ie., Social action opportunity, carpooling, or social event, etc.

Many thanks to all who participated in the meeting, offering their time, care and support. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful practice where we do our best to help one another!


Save the following for future quick reference


CLEAR HEART CARING COMMITTEE

Here are the ways to access the different Sangha resources.

Requests for Help: Point Person is Tracey Buffum - 401 633 4214 and e-mail traceybuffum@gmail.com. This includes requests for meal support, household or transportation requests, etc. can be sent to Tracey and she will get them to the proper person.

Prayer Requests Point Person - Tracey Buffum - 401 633 4214 and e-mail traceybuffum@gmail.com. Please write exactly what you would like to be shared, and where friends can send notes or cards. Do you prefer email or snail mail? In either case, please include contact information you would like them to use. If you would like your prayer request to be sent out as part of the Sangha Update, please send the information to Tracey. You may also feel free to post prayer requests to the google group yourself.

Hard Copy Directory - Point Person - Linda Lamont lslamont@gmail.com If you choose to be listed in this directory, names, numbers, emails and addresses will be available to all,

Google Group - Point Person - Cindy West - westnest5@verizon.net group email to help stay connected to events/activities/requests for ride sharing, etc. We encourage you to post any happenings that seem pertinent to our Sangha or if you would like to offer a social event. In subject line, please mention what sort of activity it is, ie., Social action opportunity, carpooling, or social event, etc.

7-28-18 No Sangha Sunday

Clouds come, clouds go, but the mind is a clear blue sky.

It's very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying., it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems. Thich Nhat Hanh

Right Mindfulness is like a mother. When her child is sweet, she loves him, and when her child is crying, she still loves him. Everything that takes place in our body and our mind needs to be looked after equally. We don't fight. We say hello to our feeling so we can get to know each other better. Then, the next time that feeling arises, we will be able to greet it even more calmly. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

I hope you are enjoying these midsummer's days - relaxing and able to meet everything calmly.

I was just writing to remind you that tomorrow is the 5th Sunday of the month and we don't hold Sangha meetings on the fifth Sundays.

Our next gathering will be next Sunday, August 5 at 6:00 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, in the Lily Pads complex on North Road in Peace Dale.

I hope you will be able to join us then.

Just a reminder, that if you want to be able to connect with other Sangha members for announcements, ride sharing, events, social action opportunities, etc. .. sign up for our google group. Cindy oversees it and you can reach her at westnest5@verizon.net

Also, some members are compiling a directory of contact information for those of you who would like be included. Please send your name, address, email and phone number to Linda Lamont at lslamont@gmail.com, who along with Adria is being kind enough to compile this for us. Please be aware that everyone who signs up for the directory will be sharing their contact info with everyone else in the directory.

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please continue to hold Laura French in your prayers...you can visit or send love in the form of a note to her at 179 fairway Drive, North Kingstown RI 02852.

I also hope the you will SAVE THE DATE Saturday, October 6 when we will enjoy the annual RI Community of Mindfulness picnic at Colt State Park in Bristol. 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.

Until we meet again, I hope you will be enjoying every minute. Here is a "how to" video. How to keep cool and enjoy every moment! Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGOe2KkjICU

with much love, Joanne

7-19-18 Sangha Update - our home Sunday

Gifts of the Cosmos!

“In life, we plant seeds everywhere we go. Some fall on fertile ground needing very little to grow. Some fall on rocky soil requiring a tad bit more loving care. While others fall in seemingly barren land and no matter what you do; it appears the seed is dead.

Nevertheless, every seed planted will have a ripple effect. You could see it in the present or a time not seen yet. So be wise about where you plant your seeds. Be very mindful of your actions & deeds. Negativity grows just as fast if not faster than positivity. Plant seeds of kindness, love and peace And your harvest will be abundant living.” ― Sanjo Jendayi

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you all well and happy, enjoying this beautiful summertime and planting seeds of kindness, love and peace.

We will be strengthening those seeds in ourselves this coming Sunday at 6PM when we meet at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd. Wakefield. We will enjoy sitting/walking (in the garden, weather permitting) /sitting, I will offer a talk based on some of the teachings from the 21 day Plum Village Retreat and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.

Just a reminder, that if you want to be able to connect with other Sangha members for announcements, ride sharing, events, social action opportunities, etc. .. sign up for our google group. Cindy oversees it and you can reach her at westnest5@verizon.net

Also, some members are compiling a directory of contact information for those of you who would like be included. Please send your name, address, email and phone number to Linda Lamont at lslamont@gmail.com, who along with Adria is being kind enough to compile this for us. Please be aware that everyone who signs up for the directory will be sharing their contact info with everyone else in the directory.

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please continue to hold Laura French in your prayers...you can visit or send love in the form of a note to her at 179 fairway Drive, North Kingstown RI 02852.

I also hope the you will SAVE THE DATE Saturday, October 6 when we will enjoy the annual RI Community of Mindfulness picnic at Colt State Park in Bristol. 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.

There will be a second meeting of the new Sangha in Newport on Monday evening at 6:30. The original letter with all the information is below. The first meeting was very lovely. If you are interested in attending, please copy the information and keep it for future reference, or know that you can find information by going to "Sangha Updates" at joannefriday.com

and...as always ...we need to water lots of seeds of joy....here is a beautiful illustration of mindfulness and concentration....balancing stones...enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuwwVB5SmEw

with much love and lots of water for your wholesome seeds, Joanne

PEACEFUL WATERS SANGHA Starting in Newport - INFORMATION Dear Friends,

We are contacting you as you expressed interest in a Sangha (meditation group) in Newport. We may have received your contact information at the screening of the film, "Walk With Me" in Newport last fall or you may have spoken with one of us individually.

We are happy to let you know that the first meeting of the Peaceful Waters Sangha will be held on Monday, July 9th from 6:30-8:30pmat St Paul's Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St. in Newport, RI. Our current schedule is to meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays.

We practice in the tradition of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. We will have sitting and walking meditation, a book study and time for Dharma sharing. Once a month, we will read The Five Mindfulness Trainings. If Joanne Friday, our Dharma teacher, is able to join us, she will give a talk.

If you are interested in helping us, please respond to this e-mail. We may need assistance in greeting, setting up and breaking down the room. There will be many opportunities to participate in and co-create the Peaceful Waters Sangha.

As for logistics: Please use the side door on the right when looking at the front of the church. There are 2 parking lots accessible from Marlborough St. and all spaces are available unless they have a cone in them, or are marked 24/7. If they have a name on them it's ok to park there UNLESS there is a cone or 24/7. There is also a back lot accessible from Charles St. on the side. Look for the signs that say Peaceful Waters Sangha. Upon entering the building from the side door on the right from the front of the building, you will go straight down the hallway through the kitchen, take a left and the door is immediately on the right. It is easy to find.

We hope you are all well and enjoying the summer! We look forward to practicing with you.

With a deep bow of gratitude and appreciation for your interest in this endeavor,

Ann Galkowski and Margaret M. Small Peaceful Waters Sangha Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness

 

7-14-18 Sangha Update

Dear Friends, I hope you are all well and keeping cool during these beautiful and warm July days. I also hope that you are doing much better than my computer!

I am sorry to say that my computer died this past week...I mean totally dead! It is now in the computer hospital so I am using someone else's computer... so this will be VERY brief...

This is simply a reminder that we will be gathering at the West home tomorrow evening at 6 PM. (directions below) We will enjoy a sitting/walking/sitting meditation, continue looking at Thay's teachings from the Miracle of Mindfulness and share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to attend.

I also hope that in the meantime you will be enjoying every moment.

with much love, Joanne

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)!

7-7-18 Sangha Update - change of venue

What is so sweet as a Summer Sunset at the Seashore....ahhhhhhhhhhh!

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. Rabindranath Tagore

“If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.” ― G.K. Chesterton

“Sunset on the water ought to be a quiet and easy time, but I guess some people can't stand a little silence.” ― Carl Hiaasen

“Don't forget:beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies.” ― Paulo Coelho

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying this beautiful day and the wonderful light shows provided by the miraculous turnings of this planet.

I am writing to let you know that Cindy was kind enough to change Sundays with us.... as we will be unable to host the third Sunday. So tomorrow we will gather at our home which is at 725 Matunuck School House Rd. Wakefield. We will enjoy sitting/walking (outdoors weather permitting)/ sitting meditation, I will offer a talk and we will share the Dharma.. I hope you will be able to join us. It is wonderful to be able to sit in silence and be together in these topsy-turvy times.

Just a reminder, that if you want to be able to connect with other Sangha members directly.. sign up for our google group. Cindy oversees it and you can reach her at westnest5@verizon.net

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please continue to hold Laura French in your prayers...you can visit or send love in the form of a note to her at 179 fairway Drive, North Kingstown RI 02852.

Please also hold the 12 boys trapped in a cave in Thailand in your prayers so that they might be safely reunited with their families.

I would also ask for continued prayers as I begin another round of chemo at a stronger dose.

Engaged Practice

Please continue to hold all of the children that our government has separated from their families along with their parents in your prayers and in your hearts. The Governor of Washington said that the governors were told on a conference call yesterday that the government now says that reuniting them could be with parents, family members or an American foster family. This shows a stunning lack of awareness of the bond that exists between a parent and child. You might also like to contact our friends in Washington to let them know your views on this. All of them have contact information at usa.gov/elected-officials.

GOOD NEWS!

Remember there is a new Sangha starting up n Newport on Monday evening at 6:30. All the information is below. This will be a wonderful thing for Aquidneck Island!

WISDOM, SKILLFUL MEANS AND DELIGHT To water our seeds of joy!

https://www.facebook.com/WellRoundedLifebyattn/ or just google....How Mr. Rogers found subtle ways to fight racism.

To be inspired...you might like to listen to Mr. Rogers 2002 Commencement Speech at Dartmouth College. You can find an edited version on my Facebook Page...or simply google the title emboldened above for the entire speech. enjoy!

I hope that we get to practice together very soon and in the meantime, I hope that you are remembering to stop and breathe, to get some clarity and do what you can to help, and, of course water lots of seeds of joy to expand your capacity to be with what is!

with much love and the deep peace of knowing that the world is always turning toward the morning, Joanne

PEACEFUL WATERS SANGHA Starting in Newport - INFORMATION Dear Friends,

We are contacting you as you expressed interest in a Sangha (meditation group) in Newport. We may have received your contact information at the screening of the film, "Walk With Me" in Newport last fall or you may have spoken with one of us individually.

We are happy to let you know that the first meeting of the Peaceful Waters Sangha will be held on Monday, July 9th from 6:30-8:30pmat St Paul's Methodist Church, 12 Marlborough St. in Newport, RI. Our current schedule is to meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays.

We practice in the tradition of Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. We will have sitting and walking meditation, a book study and time for Dharma sharing. Once a month, we will read The Five Mindfulness Trainings. If Joanne Friday, our Dharma teacher, is able to join us, she will give a talk.

If you are interested in helping us, please respond to this e-mail. We may need assistance in greeting, setting up and breaking down the room. There will be many opportunities to participate in and co-create the Peaceful Waters Sangha.

As for logistics: Please use the side door on the right when looking at the front of the church. There are 2 parking lots accessible from Marlborough St. and all spaces are available unless they have a cone in them, or are marked 24/7. If they have a name on them it's ok to park there UNLESS there is a cone or 24/7. There is also a back lot accessible from Charles St. on the side. Look for the signs that say Peaceful Waters Sangha. Upon entering the building from the side door on the right from the front of the building, you will go straight down the hallway through the kitchen, take a left and the door is immediately on the right. It is easy to find.

We hope you are all well and enjoying the summer! We look forward to practicing with you.

With a deep bow of gratitude and appreciation for your interest in this endeavor,

Ann Galkowski and Margaret M. Small Peaceful Waters Sangha Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness

6-30-18 Sangha Update

Sometimes the end of the Path is obscured.. We need to put one foot in front of the other and just focus on navigating the next step as skillfully as we can

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. Frederick Douglass

My dream is that people will find a way back home, into their bodies, to connect with the earth, to connect with each other, to connect with the poor, to connect with the broken, to connect with the needy, to connect with people calling out all around us, to connect with the beauty, poetry, the wildness. Eve Ensler

“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” ― Albert Einstein

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying these sultry summer days.

This is just a reminder that we will be gathering tomorrow evening at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County in Peace Dale at 6 PM. We will enjoy a sitting meditation, continue to share Thay's teachings from "Creating True Peace", and share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.

Our country is in a period of rapid change. We can deepen our practice together, so we don't get thrown off balance, don't get distracted, don't get overwhelmed and exhausted and instead see clearly what we might do to help to be the change we want to see in the world. I used to have a quote on my desk that read..."If you want to increase your fear, procrastinate. If you want to decrease your fear, act." I don't know who said it, but I find that it works! Right now we have lots of ways to help the children being held. I love the Frederick Douglas quote...It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. I hope that we will be able to stop causing harm to children and give them a chance to grow strong

There are so many ways we can be of help. If you would like to keep up with some opportunities with prayer requests and for engaged practice, sign up for our google group. It is overseen by Cindy and you can contact her at westnest5@verizon.net.

There is also a new Sangha forming in Newport. The first gathering will be on July 9 at 6:30 at St. Paul's Methodist Church. This is a wonderful opportunity for those on the other side of the bay!

A lovely article by Sister Chan Khong about Thay - https://www.lionsroar.com/thich-nhat-hanh-getting-stronger-every-day/

And to water some more seeds of joy....copy and paste the title below into youtube. Enjoy! Despacito, sube me la radio, ballad.

with much love and the joy of a summer night for you, Joanne

6-23-18 Sangha Update

Happy Solstice! Happy Summertime!

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ― Henry James

“Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.” ― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds. Regina Brett

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you all well and enjoying this beautiful summertime. It is so easy to water our seeds of joy in the summertime....and tomorrow we will have an opportunity to deepen our practice and water each others' seeds of joy. If you are so moved, please bring something uplifting to share. It could be a gratitude, a short poem, a song, a recounting of an experience that brings you joy. Normally this meeting would be at the home of the Van Horn's, but they are unable to host, so we will gather at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd, Wakefield. We will enjoy sitting/walking/sitting meditation, I will offer a brief talk and we will share our joy.

We are living in very challenging times. Fortunately, it is so easy to water our seeds of joy and expand our capacity to be with all we are called upon to be with. I know that several of you are dealing with ailing family members, with a death of a loved one, with illness, etc. along with what is happening in our country. In the midst of it all we need to nourish and take good care of the highest and best in ourselves so we can be of some help to those who are in need.

At our last meeting the focus was on ways to maintain our integrity, our balance and stay connected with our true nature and basic goodness. In the times in which we are living this can be a challenge. One way we have of doing that is to let go of the excess baggage that we have been dragging around with us that leads us to self judgement and criticism. It is time to let go of outdated ideas and views and lighten our load so that we can love ourselves and each other more. I shared the prayer for forgiveness which several of you requested that I send to this list...so I have included it below.

PRAYER REQUEST FOR LAURA FRENCH Dear Friends,

There is a "Team Laura” set up to care for her in her home, as she is very challenged by her health. She now has nurses visiting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We’re hoping she’ll agree to a program in Wakefield for Tuesday and Thursday, but right now she’s adjusting to a new routine, with people coming and going, checking on her and helping her with food shopping and such.

This is a tender time for her, so please send metta. And a card if you are so inclined... 179 fairway Drive, North Kingstown RI 02852.

Thanks, Kate

There are so many ways we can be of help. If you would like to keep up with some opportunities with prayer requests and for engaged practice, and recently an announcement about Troy's sculpture garden being part of the Cross Mills Library's Garden Tour today, you might like to be a part of our google group. Please contact Cindy West at westnest5@verizon.net

Speaking of Engaged Practice, There will be a rally in Providence at the State House at 11 AM on June 30 to demand that our government not separate children from their families. We can use the google group to organize a Sangha presence for those of you who are interested.

There is a new Sangha forming in Newport. The first gathering will be on July 9 at 6:30 at St. Paul's Methodist Church. This is a wonderful opportunity for those on the other side of the bay!

I would like to ask you to continue to hold me in your prayers. I am on the second chemo...so it has not started to do it's thing yet, but I have been able to tolerate it so that I can complete the first round over the next 2 weeks. Thank you for all of you love and care.

with much love and the joy of a summer morning for you, Joanne

A Buddhist Prayer of Forgiveness

If I have harmed any one in any way, either knowingly or unknowingly through my own confusions, I ask their forgiveness. If any one has harmed me in any way, either knowingly or unknowingly through their own confusions, I forgive them. And if there is a situation I am not yet ready to forgive, I forgive myself for that. For all the ways that I harm myself, negate, doubt, belittle myself, judge or be unkind to myself, through my own confusions, I forgive myself.

6-16-18 Sangha Update

And what is so rare as a day in June?Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays: Whether we look, or whether we listen, We hear life murmur, or see it glisten; James Russell Lowell

And Happy Father's Day!

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you. H. Jackson Brown, Jr

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.” ― William Faulkner

The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively. Bob Marley

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and enjoying these beautiful June days and for those of you who are fathers, we want to thank you for taking on such an important practice and we hope you have a lovely day.

This is just a reminder that we will be gathering at our home on Sunday at 6 PM. We will enjoy sitting/walking and sitting meditation, I will offer a talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope that you will be able to be with us.

GOOD NEWS! Twenty Six Order members received Lamp Transmission at the 21 Day Retreat at Plum Village. Two from the Northeast were Valerie Brown and Bruce Nichols. We are sooooo happy!

The lamp transmission refers to “the manner in which the teaching, or Dharma, is passed from a Zen master to their disciple. The procedure establishes the disciple as a transmitting teacher in their own right and successor in an unbroken lineage of teachers and disciples, a spiritual ‘bloodline’ theoretically traced back to the Buddha himself.” According to Zen schools, the first instance of Dharma transmission occurred as transcribed in the Flower Sermon, when the Buddha held up a golden lotus flower given to him by Brahma before an assembly of “gods and men.”

Two Bodhisattvas!

The Cape Sangha Retreat is full. If you want to be on a wait list, please go to joannefriday.com/calendar...

A new Sangha will be starting up in Newport on July 9 at 6:30PM at St. Paul's Methodist Church. Please save the date and more information will follow. It will be lovely to be able to have the folks on Aquidneck Island have access to a Sangha.

I have included information below for those of you who are interested in Engaged Practice. I personally feel that what our country is doing now is beyond partisan politics...it is a matter of human rights. As someone who spent a big part of my life doing crisis intervention counseling with children, it is terrible to imagine the damage that is being done to these children. There are ways that we might help.

There are two lovely snippets of Thay..... Please copy and past into youtube and it will take you to....

"Your Parents Are Alive in You - Thích Nhất Hạnh, Inherited Trauma"

"Thay rolls a lotus petal and begins smiling... but we had no idea what would happen next!"

and again...paste into youtube to be delighted ...happy father's day...enjoy!

Dad joins ‘scared’ daughter during ballet dance to help fight stage fear.

with much love, Joanne

ENGAGED PRACTICE TO HELP STOP FAMILY SEPARATION...

I write to the folks in Washington. All contacts available at usa.gov/elected-officials

The ACLU is filing lawsuits https://www.aclu.org/

and I have found that Slate Magazine has good suggestions for helping. If you have friends out west, a lot of volunteers are needed.

How you can fight family separation at the border...https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/how-you-can-fight-family-separation-at-the-border.html

6-9-18 Sangha Update

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi

When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future. Bernard Meltzer

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Friends,

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend, forgiving yourself and everyone. I have been looking deeply at the art of forgiveness...it is a powerful step into freedom.

We can take a big step to becoming freer tomorrow night as we deepen our practice together at 6PM at the home of the West's. (directions below) We will enjoy sitting/walking (in the garden - weather permitting) sitting meditation and sharing the Dharma. I hope that you are able to join us.

CAPE SANGHA RETREAT IS FULL - The Cape retreat filled in one week...even quicker than usual. I am sorry if you wanted to join us, but were too late. They usually maintain a cancellation list - there are always some folks at the last minute.

HELP THE SANGHA. Please remember, there will be a meeting on Monday the 25th to look together at ways to take care of and strengthen the Sangha. If you are interested in helping out, whether you can attend the meeting or not, please contact Cindy at westnest5@verizon.net.

A MOST INSPIRING STORY This is one of the most moving stories since Nelson Mandela. Anthony Ray Hinton was unjustly on death row for 30 years. His book, "The Sun Does Shine", he describes some wonderful ways he survived unspeakable injustice, ie. creating a book club for death row inmates! Now free....without resentment or hatred...he is truly free. Freer than a lot of us who hold on to grievances. A truly amazing being. I am looking forward to savoring his book and continuing to support Bryan Stevenson's Equal Justice Initiative...so this doesn't continue to happen. For an interview with Mr. Hinton go to....

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/oprah-book-club-the-sun-does-shine-anthony-ray-hinton/

There is a lovely question and answer session with Thich Nhat Hanh on youtube...you can access it by typing in.... "How to let anger out?"

The Blue Cliff monastics are also inviting anyone who would like to, to travel with them to India...information is below.

So we have lots and lots of opportunities to deepen our understanding and our practice. I hope you will be able to be with us tomorrow...if not, I hope that you are looking at all of the conditions for happiness that you have in your life...and enjoy every minute.

with much love, Joanne

TRAVEL TO INDIA WITH THE MONASTICS

Dear Friends,

We invite you to join us on a journey through a fascinating and mysterious India – as we walk 'In the Footsteps of the Buddha'. The pilgrimage is an unforgettable opportunity to explore areas that few tourists visit and to see and experience aspects of Indian life that, in many ways, have not changed since the time of the Buddha. We invite you to journey with other practitioners, including monastics from the Plum Village tradition, on a transformative journey that will allow you to touch an ancient culture and civilization, and experience the life of the Buddha through the places he lived and taught.

go to bluecliffmonastery.org for the details The Brothers and Sisters at Blue Cliff Monastery

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)!