Sangha Updates Until April 15

Spring Comes to Deer Park Monastery

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and happy and have been enjoying the arrival of springtime.
The peepers are peeping the birds are mating…all’s right with the world!

Sunday March 25 there will be a meeting at Robert and Monica Van Horn’s at 6 pm with sitting/walking/sitting and enjoying a talk by Thich Nhat Hanh. This will be followed by a Dharma sharing. Directions and contact info are below.

Tuesday March 27 there will be a meeting of the Mind Tamers Sangha at 6:30 at St. Matthew’s Church in West Barrington. Sitting/Walking//Sitting followed by a Dharma Sharing and Discussion.

Wednesday March 28 there will be a meeting of the Clear Path Sangha at 6 pm at the Westminster Unitarian Church in East Greenwich. There will be sitting/walking/sitting and a sharing of one of the Dharma talks from the Winter Retreat at Deer Park Monastery followed by a Dharma Sharing.

Sunday April 1 there will be a gathering of the Clear Heart Sangha at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South Kingstown , at the Lily Pads on North Road in Peace Dale at 6 PM. This meeting will be facilitated by Kate O’Kula…and will have a sitting meditation, a discussion about the Miracle of Mindfulness, a Recitation of the Five Trainings and end with a short sit.

Sunday, April 8 THERE WILL BE NO SANGHA GATHERING We hope you enjoy your holiday weekend.

Saturday, April 14 there will be a Day of Mindfulness in Franklin, MA. This is always a lovely day….I hope that you will be able to be with us. More information on the calendar page.

Saturday April 14, there will also be a gathering of the Generations Sangha…the sangha for all ages…at the Westminster Unitarian Church on Kenyon Avenue in East Greenwich from 10-11:30 am. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to practice together and for those of us who love kids to be able to enjoy their wonderful energy. If you are able to support this effort to bring the practice to children and families, please do. This meeting will be facilitated by Eric Loucks. If you can help with child care or refreshments please contact Kristen at kmorelli@coxnet.

Sunday April 15, there will be an OI and Aspirant meeting at 2 pm at our home for Order members, Aspirants and all who are interested in the Order. I would request that all of those interested in facilitating sangha meetings attend if you are able. I will also be sharing the news from the Dharma Teachers gathering which was just held at Deer Park Monastery in Escondido, CA. including a new version of the 14 Mindfulness Trainings! We will have our Recitation Ceremony, Dharma Sharing and share a vegetarian potluck before the regular evening meeting. I hope you will be able to be with us.

Sunday April 15 at 6 pm our regular mid-month meeting of the Clear Heart Sangha…with sitting, outdoor walking, and sitting. I will offer a short Dharma talk and we will enjoy a Dharma sharing and end with a short sit.

Again, many, many opportunities to be joyfully together. I hope you can join us for some or all of the above.

I will look forward to being with you all again on the 15th. Until then, please enjoy every moment.

with much love, many hugs and the lullaby of the peepers for you,
Joanne

PS
Save the Date – April 28 for the Vesak Celebration at the First Unitarian Church on Benefit Street in Providence. 10 am-12pm. This is a celebration of the Buddha’s birthday being observed by all of the different Buddhist traditions in RI. It should be fun.

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