7-27-13 Sangha Update


May our heart’s garden of awakening bloom with hundreds of flowers.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Nobody sees a flower really;
it is so small.
We haven’t time
and to see takes time –
Like to have a friend takes time.
Georgia O’Keefe

To see the world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour.

William Blake

You are what you want to become. Why search anymore?
You are a wonderful manifestation.
The whole universe has come together to make your existence possible.
There is nothing that is not you.
The Kingdom of God, the Pure Land, nirvana and liberation are all you.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you taking the time to look deeply and appreciate the manifestation that is you and enjoying every minute!

We just spent three days at Sloan Kettering for testing….everything came back clear…so we are very appreciative, enjoying every moment feeling lots of gratitude for all of the metta you sent…it meant so much to me.

There will be a gathering of the Clear Heart Sangha tomorrow evening at 6 PM at the Van Horn home…directions below. (Robert wanted me to remind you that the street sign for Mallory Lane has been taken down…so don’t let that confuse you!) There will be sitting/walking/sitting…a talk, sharing the Dharma
and being joyfully together. I hope that you can make it.

SAVE THE DATE!!!! Saturday, August 10,  from 10-11:30 the next Generations Sangha will meet at Westminster Unitarian Church on Kenyon Ave in East Greenwich. We had a lovely meeting last time, enjoying looking at our attachment to view and while the adults looked at ways to apply the practice to daily life, the children REALLY enjoyed a scavenger hunt! I hope you will be able to join us…and invite  your friends with children to come along….as this meeting is for all generations!

SAVE ANOTHER ONE!!!!!!!  Saturday, September 21, 11-3PM  for the Annual Sangha Picnic at Colt State Park in Bristol. Good food, great people, fun games, songs, dances, etc,etc,etc. !!! Find the info at  http://joannefriday.com/calendar/

PEACEWALK WITH THICH NHAT HANH in Boston. Sunday, Sept 15. It would be wonderful to be able to walk with Thay …if you would like to join us, Cindy West has generously offered to collect the contact info of those wanting to participate so we can organize rides, etc. If you want to take part, please contact Cindy at westnest5@verizon.net

Thay will also be offering Days of Mindfulness and  Public Talks,  at Blue Cliff, Boston, and New York City. Some info is below…more info at tnhtour.org

In the category of “most unlikely” below you will find a letter from Sister Chan Khong about a film being made about Thich Nhat Hanh. Thay has been in films before…but this one is being made by the maker of very violent films…like”Mortal Kombat”!!! They are looking for help in finishing it up. If you feel moved to help that would be lovely…but whatever you do … you will be surprised at the video clip. Enjoy!

Speaking of enjoying…..I hope you are enjoying every moment and this beautiful cool weather we have been having.

with much love and a cool summer breeze for  you,

More info about these events at tnhtour.org……………………

Pine Bush, NY – Blue Cliff Monastery
New York City, NY – Beacon Theatre
Boston, MA – Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Boston, MA – Trinity Church

Boston, MA – Trinity Church

Directions to and Parking for the Van Horn Home
Address:  24 Mallory Lane    Wakefield, RI  02879
Phone:  401-871-1838
From the North:
Take US 1-S to RI-138
Turn right onto RI-138; drive for about 3.5 miles
Turn left onto RI-108 S/Kingstown Rd.; drive for 2 miles. You will pass the SK police station, then later a pond, and the Pump House Restaurant on your right.
Take the next left onto Rodman Street.  (Street sign is hard to see; Dennis Moffit Painting is on the corner and the Peace Dale Mill is on the left.) You will pass the bike path and one stop sign.
Mallory Lane will be on your left.  Our house is the second on the left.
See below for parking.
From the South/West:
Take US-1/N past the Matunuck exits
Take the Pond St. exit. (right after an exit for Post Rd.)
Turn left onto Pond St.  Continue until Pond dead ends onto Main.
Turn right onto Main.  Drive a short distance
Turn left onto High St.  Drive past town hall.
In about 0.6 mi, turn left onto Allen.
At stop sign, turn right onto Rodman.  Continue past one stop sign.  Mallory Lane is on the right.  Our house is the second on the left
Our street is narrow, so we ask that you not part on the street.  3-4 cars will fit in our driveway.  If there is  no space left in the driveway, you can park on Jennifer Dr.  Turn left back onto Rodman, and make a quick right onto Jennifer Dr.  Thank you!!!

Larry Kasanoff (the man that you can see on the link below)is a successful film maker but only of violent films. He is the producer of the film Mortal Kombat  ... a very violent, but successful film, BEFORE meeting Thay.Now he wants to     make a film on Mindfulness in the style of non-religious,    non-buddhist, ONLY MINDFULNESS to connect with as many as   possible non-believers, etc.
The two only main actors of Mindfulness are Thay Thich Nhat Hanh and from time-to-time me (Chan Khong). He put his own money six years ago, every time Thay and me came to Deer    Park he filmed about 2 hours and is about to complete the    film.
Until now he spent his own money (money to hire people to    record Thay and me) and he said this film needs the last      editing touches to be completed.   As he has no way to raise some money, he asked us students of Thay to put this             publicity in our Facebook or Youtube of Plum Village.I just send it to you for curiosity.   I have no idea. Maybe you  can feel inspired and want to give a few dollars.                       Here is the much anticipated link to the documentary,            MINDFULNESS THE MOVIE.                                                                                  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/679036928/mindfulness-the-movie                                                                                                                   For my generation I see that this film is so funny.                  Thank you for having a look.                                                                      For me it is really a funny film, beyond my expectations,     such a contrast with film I used to see!                                          Chan Khong

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