It Is Wonderful to Be with Friends…

on the Long Path that Leads to Joy

“Cherish this very moment. Let go of the distress embrace life fully in your arms. Each step brings you to the best moment of your life, the present moment.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying every present moment of this beautiful springtime.

We will be meeting tonight at 6:30 at St. Matthew’s Church in West Barrington. We will be having a sitting and walking meditation and recite the Five Mindfulness Trainings. I will talk about living our life with those trainings and we will have a Dharma sharing. I hope that you will be able to be with us.

Some of you might be interested in seeing the music video that was created by one of the retreatants at the recent Order Members and Aspirants Retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery. For those of you who have not been able to visit Blue Cliff, it will give you a sense of the place and the experience. Enjoy!!!!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw6uzVv3enw

If the link does not work …go to youtube and type in Blessing Song Blue Cliff

I am including information about the Day of Mindfulness for Individuals and Families on June 25th.

This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to interbe. I hope you will be able to join us. Shana and Ellen (our web Bodhisattvas) have made the flyer for this event available at joannefriday.com. They would also like any of your feedback about the site which they have created…so please check it out.

Clare (of the Clear Heart Sangha) has also shared opportunities for us to help out with the Day of Mindfulness at the Land Trust on July 16 and also for the Nonviolence Institute at URI in June. If you can help out please contact Clare…all the info is below.

It is so wonderful to be a part of a community of practice. Dennis Bohn from the Rock Blossom Sangha in Brooklyn sent out links for two of Thay’s Dharma talks on Sanghas. They are wonderful. A deep bow of gratitude to Dennis for sharing them. You will find the links below.

Again, lots of opportunities and many blessings! We are so lucky!

with much love and the deep peace of a misty morning for you,

Joanne

Joyfully Together
A Day of Mindfulness for Families in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
Led by Dharma Teacher Joanne Friday
Join other families in taking a few hours out of the commotion, errands and chores to:
Stop. Breathe. And smile joyfully to those we love.
Saturday, June 25, 2011 9AM to 2:30PM
Providence Friends Meeting House
99 Morris Avenue, Providence, RI

Join us for a Day of Mindfulness, practicing together to nourish and strengthen the roots of peace and joy in our families. There will be a children’s dharma talk followed by a talk for adults and games and mindful activities for children. We will all practice walking meditation, deep relaxation and eat lunch together mindfully.

According to medical researchers at Duke University, children and parents who use these practices are able to reduce stress, accept the past and worry less about the future, make more rational decisions and better appreciate their environment and themselves. They also showed an increased ability to focus and maintain concentration, reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve sleep quality, reduce aggression and cope with chronic conditions.

Suggested donation per family is $10; please feel free to pay what you can. Individuals are welcome as well as families of all kinds and children of all ages.

To register, or for more information, email Janice@janicekissinger.com or call 401-569-7761. Once registered, you will receive information on what to bring and a general schedule.

Joanne Friday received the authority to teach from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 2003 and offers retreats and Days of Mindfulness throughout North America. She lives in Rhode Island where she is the guiding teacher for the five sanghas which comprise the Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness. She is also an Associate Chaplain at the University of Rhode Island.

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FROM CLARE:

There are two opportunities for sangha and friends on the path to contribute by offering food.

1. The first one that was discussed at the first of the month meeting is a potluck for the URI Kingian Nonviolence Institute. Based on the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the Nonviolence Summer Institute 2010 offers joins national and international participants as they learn the skills necessary for promoting peace, nonviolence & social change in their communities. This is an intensive training for educators, non-profits, professionals, faculty, students, NGO workers, government officials, human-rights activists, clergy, law enforcement, health care workers, community organizers, and all those interested in promoting peace get together, learn and share their experiences. There will be up to 70 students from all over the world who would greatly appreciate a home-cooked meal scheduled for Monday, June 13th at URI. Please contact Clare Sartori if you are able to provide an offering.

2. The second occasion is for the day of mindfulness scheduled for the Land Trust on July 16th. For that we are seeking people who would like to support the sangha by providing one of the following:

____ fruit platter  ____ vegetable platter  ____ baked goods

Please contact: Gary Kendig at gkendig@aol.com or Clare Sartori at clare2sartori@gmail.com if you are able to nurture the sister/brotherhood in this way.

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FROM DENNIS OF THE BROOKLYN SANGHA

Dear Friends,

The “Eye of the Buddha” was a 21 day retreat given in Plum Village in the year 2000. There was a strong focus on sangha. Thay spoke of the sangha as a “super organism” or a “holy organism.” Below you will find links to two of the Dharma Talks, from 6/2/2000 and 6/8/2000. I note that at the beginning of the talk on 6/2/2000, Thay pointed out the window and indicated that we should listen to the birds. In the talk on June 8, Thay also began his teaching on the Sutra on Absolute Truth. These talks have deeply informed thoughts on sangha, and you are invited to listen to them, particularly if there is an aspiration to be a sangha builder.

With LovingKindness,

dennis

http://home.adelphi.edu/~BOHN/talks/6_1_2000_Sangha.mp3
http://home.adelphi.edu/~BOHN/talks/6_8_2000.mp3

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