3-20-13 Sangha Updates for 3 Sanghas – Registration opens for Thay’s retreat

Spring is Springing and the Whole World is Very Happy!!!

So Much Happiness
By Naomi Shihab Nye
It is difficult to know what to do with so much happiness.
With sadness there is something to rub against,
a wound to tend with lotion and cloth.
When the world falls in around you, you have pieces to pick up,
something to hold in your hands, like ticket stubs or change.
But happiness floats.
It doesn’t need you to hold it down.
It doesn’t need anything.
Happiness lands on the roof of the next house, singing,
and disappears when it wants to.
You are happy either way.
Even the fact that you once lived in a peaceful tree house
and now live over a quarry of noise and dust
cannot make you unhappy.
Everything has a life of its own,
it too could wake up filled with possibilities
of coffee cake and ripe peaches,
and love even the floor which needs to be swept,
the soiled linens and scratched records…
Since there is no place large enough
to contain so much happiness,
you shrug, you raise your hands, and it flows out of you
into everything you touch. You are not responsible.
You take no credit, as the night sky takes no credit
for the moon, but continues to hold it, and share it,
and in that way, be known.


Dear Friends,


I hope you are enjoying that much happiness on this first day of Spring, and…it just happens to be…. the International Day of Happiness! Let’s do our best to make it  a year long celebration!

To begin….

The Clear Heart Sangha will be meeting this coming Sunday evening at the Van Horn’s home at 24 Mallory Lane Wakefield, RI 02879 at 6 PM. There will be sitting/walking and Dharma sharing. For information: Phone: 401-871-1838

The Mind Tamers Sangha will be meeting on Tuesday evening at 6:30 at St. Matthew and Mark Episcopal Church on Chapel Rd in West Barrington, RI. We will also be sitting/walking and sitting, I will give a short talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope you can be with us.

The Clear Path Sangha will be meeting on Wednesday evening at 6 PM at the Westminster Unitarian Church, on Kenyon Ave. in East Greenwich. We will have sitting and walking meditation, I will give a short talk and we will share the Dharma. We have been focused on fear and anger…and I will talk about how the cultivation of the paramitas plays a big part in practicing with these emotions when they arise.
I hope you will be able to join us!

Today is the day that registration opens for Thay’s retreat at Blue Cliff….you can get info and register at http://tnhtour.org.

All of the RI Community of Mindfulness Bodhisattvas have been preparing for our retreat at Camp Aldersgate in May. It is a wonderful opportunity to gather in silence and enjoy  each other and deepening our practice. I hope you will be able to join us. For registration info, please go to http://joannefriday.com

And for your enjoyment…if you have never been to Blue Cliff this will give you a sense of it…if you have been there, it will hopefully bring back sweet memories!
…. a Blessing Song, by Mike McMahon from the 2011 Blue Cliff Retreat…

So much happiness!!! So many possibilities all around us!
Until we meet again……
May happiness fill you to overflowing so that it is uncontainable and flows out of you to everyone you touch!

with much love, many hugs and a smile for you,
Joanne

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