12-15-18 Sangha Update

Happy Solstice

I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape - the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show. Andrew Wyeth

“The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.” — Gary Zukav

He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.... In winter the stars seem to have rekindled their fires, the moon achieves a fuller triumph, and the heavens wear a look of a more exalted simplicity. John Burroughs

Dear Friends, I hope you are well and enjoying these long dark silent nights. As we approach the Solstice it is the perfect time for enjoying the darkness and celebrating the return of the light . It is a wonderful time to lay low and gather strength, to take time to look deeply and reevaluate...to make midcourse corrections..not to mention sit by a fire and drink hot cocoa. I hope you are warm and cozy and enjoying whatever you are doing.

This is just a reminder that tomorrow evening at 6 PM we will gather at our home...725 Matunuck School House Rd. During this busy and joyful season, we will experience the joy of stopping. We will enjoy sitting meditation, I will offer some of Thay's teachings and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to join us.

Thay said, "In our time, in our civilization, sitting and doing nothing is considered either to be a luxury or a waste of time. But sitting can produce the most nourishing calm and joy and we can all afford some time to sit. How wonderful to sit and do nothing. " Let's do it!

This is a reminder that the first Sunday of January we will be meeting at our home for our New Year Ceremony when we honor our ancestors. You are invited to bring a photo or photos of an ancestor or ancestors you would like to remember. You might also like to bring a bell if you have one for our bell meditation as we ring in the New Year. I hope you will be able to be with us.

This is a reminder that if you want to be able to communicate with each other directly, to get info about Social Action Opportunities, to connect to organize ride sharing, etc. you might like to join the google group. If you do please contact Cindy at westnest5@verizon.net.

Please continue to hold Laura French in your prayers. You might like to send some love to South County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center 740 Oak Hill Road North Kingstown, RI 02852

There is a lovely video of Thay doing Calligraphy...go to youtube and type in

Sounds True Presents:Calligraphy with Thich Nhat Hanh

We were able to be showered with meteors this past week when the Geminid meteor showers were at their peak. What a marvelous cosmos this is...enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QYe8oQpe78

Until we are together again, I hope that you will be enjoying every minute. with much love and light for you, Joanne

11-22-18 Happy Thanksgiving

“Learn to love, enjoy and embrace what you have in the here and now. That’s all you really need to be happy.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G.K. Chesterton

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” John F. Kennedy

Dear Friends,

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday...looking at all of the conditions for happiness you have in every moment and thanking those who make a difference in your lives. I am thankful for every one of you. I am so happy that our paths have connected in this lifetime. I am feeling thankful especially for Thich Nhat Hanh and how he has taught us to make every day a day of Thanksgiving.

I wanted to thank all of you who were able to be with us for the Sangha Thanksgiving last Sunday. It was truly lovely to be with so many wonderful people having a luscious dinner and being joyfully together. Right there is a good reminder that there is everything to be thankful for. Here is the video that we shared...some of you wanted the link...here it is! Nature, beauty and gratitude....Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2egMSliB8DE

We will be gathering this coming Sunday at 6 PM at St. Augustine's on Lower College Rd. in Kingston, RI. I We will enjoy sitting/walking/sitting meditation, Renee will facilitate and Cindy will mind the bell and we will share the Dharma. There should be parking available...we are also permitted to use the lot at the Child Development Center across the street. I hope you will be able to be with us.

Requests for help:

For those of you across the bay, the Peaceful Waters Sangha will gather on Monday the 26th at St. Paul's Methodist Church on Marlborough St. in Newport at 6:30. Margaret will be facilitating and Ann will be minding the bell. It is a new sangha and they are looking for support. If you have had experience facilitating, and would like to volunteer for one of their sittings, you might contact Ann at amski1965@yahoo.com.

Website help is needed..... joannefriday.com crashed. The service provider was trying to update it and crashed it. They are trying to figure out what is wrong and how to fix it....so far it is still down. If you have expertise in this area, and would be willing to help, please rsvp to this email. Thank you, thank you.

Engaged Practice Opportunity. We have been holding all of our friends from California in our hearts. Those who have survived the horrific fires have been left with nothing. I know many of us have been looking for ways to help. Here is a link to a list of organizations that are helping...in case you would like to support them. https://www.nbcnews.com/better/news/how-help-victims-california-wildfires-ncna936911?cid=sm_npd_ms_fb_bw&fbclid=IwAR2sz9OlBzK-Ydm7orrDILHUWJVnYLEFbBZKpN21VHpWjxDCqifmENnOj4U

I hope we are able to be together soon. In the meantime, I am

sending lots of love and the deep peace of a silent night for you, Joanne