We will joyfully gather amidst the beauty of springtime to commemorate
Memorial Day by deepening our capacity to be peace!
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
I hope you are well, enjoying the miracles of this glorious season and being peace.
First I would like to offer my deepest gratitude to all those who helped with the Aldersgate Retreat.
Ann, Ellen, Jess, Nicole, Linda, Philip, Kristen, Jim, Wendy, Gary, Karina, Noelle and Mary Beth. Many months of preparation went into creating optimal conditions for all of us to feel nourished in every way. We all did and it was beautiful. You are a true band of Bodhisattvas. A special thank you to Ann, without whom, we might not have had retreats in RI at all. It was through her vision and dedication that we have been able to deepen our practice together. I really need to offer special thank yous to everyone…but for now I also want to acknowledge all of the work that Ellen did in creating beautiful printed materials for us…flyers and a wonderful handbook, as well as surrounding us with glorious flowers! Thank you all.
We will have another opportunity to gather tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM at Sts. Matthew and Mark Church in West Barrington. We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation, I will offer a talk and we will share the Dharma. I think that the best possible way we can honor our veterans is to do all we can to deepen our practice, transform our unskillful states of mind and be peace. Our Order was formed during the war and I will offer some of Thay’s writings about that period, in which he shares how he relied on his practice in the most difficult of times.
We are fortunate that he has given us the gift of his lifetime of practice looking deeply into the causes of war…and finding out that the wars within individuals and with others lead to global wars. He has given us practices to help us to transform the conflicts in ourselves and with others. It will be a joy to be able to come together and be peace. I hope you will be able to be with us.
A Prayer Request from Nancy and an invitation…
I would like a special message to go for healing for Paul Worthen, Margaret Worthen’s father, who is at Newport Hospital with kidney failure. I would love to ask people to surround him with healing energy as he learns about dialysis and how to care for himself. He is an important person in Margaret’s life, as he makes her laugh and cry and get angry, which are wonderful feelings for her to experience! As some of you remember, Margaret had a severe stroke 8 years ago and is now “locked-in” and learning to communicate with a computer using eye movement.
Also, Margaret is having an art show at the Barrington Library from June 7 to 27, with a special reception on June 7 from 2-4pm when she will be there with her art therapist. I would love to invite the sangha to see her artwork.
The Blue Cliff Monastery is offering a number of wonderful retreats this year. Please check them out at bluecliffmonatery.org. One that is coming up this November is one for Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and they are asking for our support in terms of scholarship donations… please see below. If you are able, this would be a lovely way to commemorate Memorial Day.
I hope you will all be able to be with us tomorrow evening, and until then, I hope you will be enjoying all of the wonders of life.
with much love and the miracle of birds happening for you,
shhhhhhhhhhhhhh! (this was taken at 5 days old ….
yesterday…14 days after hatching they fledged! We are experiencing empty nest syndrome!
VETERAN’S RETREAT AT BLUE CLIFF MONASTERY
Please support this special upcoming retreat!*
A mindfulness retreat for Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan
wars will be offered this November 2014 at Blue Cliff Monastery. *Please
consider sponsoring a veteran* or *donating to the scholarship fund* for
this retreat. Donations can be received at the TNH Foundation online or by
mail with the designation “BCM Veterans retreat” in the subject line. *To
sponsor a vet, please see the attached Sponsorship form.*
The retreat, entitled “*Welcome Home: How to Truly Come
Home”,*will be offered November 5-9, 2014 at Blue Cliff Monastery,
Pine Bush, New
York. The retreat fee is $400/person (sliding scale & scholarships
*For those who have served our country in time of war, coming home
is not an easy road. This retreat offers safe and healing practices for
coming home to ourselves and learning to manage strong feelings of anger,
fear, despair and loneliness. We offer this mindfulness-based retreat for
Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and their spouses/partners
to support understanding, healing and peace for all. Designed for veterans
new to the practice of mindfulness, as well as those with previous
meditation experience, the retreat will offer mindfulness practices
specifically tailored for veterans and their spouses/partners, skillfully
guided by Br. Phap Uyen, who is both a monk and a veteran (Desert
Storm/Desert Shield), together with veterans who have used these practices
to heal and transform the suffering of their own experiences of war.*
“*With practice, [the spirit of generosity] forms our actions, *
*and our hearts will grow stronger and lighter*.”