6-15-16 Taking Refuge in the Sangha this Sunday

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Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed.
This is an ancient and eternal law.
– Buddha

In these times when we are confronted with the horrific actions that stem from the strengthening of the three poisons, of which the Buddha spoke, in the consciousnesses of some of our fellow beings…hatred, greed and delusion…it is more important than ever for us not to let these actions water those same seeds in our own consciousnesses.

We need to maintain our equanimity by watering the highest and best seeds in ourselves.
We need to expand our capacity to do all we can to transform these things in our own hearts and take actions to create conditions to help others do the same.

We can offer our heartfelt prayers and look deeply to understand the root cause of the suffering
then we will know what to do to take effective action.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

Dear Friends,

I hope that in the midst of grieving for those who have lost their lives and those who loved them, as well as for the ignorance of our species, you are all also watering seeds of joy in yourself so that you can expand your capacity to be with so much suffering and be able to help.

I also hope that you will take a few minutes to watch this video which illustrates a very moving way to dispel bigotry.I sent it before, but it is worth reminding ourselves at times like this..
It is a wonderful video on interbeing. Please go to

https://www.facebook.com/BrotherhoodInIslam/?fref=nf

and on the left side where it says “Search for posts on this page” type in DNA….enjoy!

It is always wonderful to be able to take refuge in the Sangha, and particularly wonderful in difficult times. This is just a reminder that there will be a gathering at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd, Wakefield on Sunday evening at 6 PM. There will be sitting and walking meditation (in the garden, weather permitting), I will offer a talk about maintaining equanimity and taking skillful action in difficult times. Thay teaches us that “Compassion is a verb.” To sit around feeling compassion is not true compassion. I hope you will be able to attend.

UPDATE! I just received word that the Cape Retreat is filled….but they are maintaining a wait list. So if that is something you would like to do, please go to joannefriday.com/calendar and send your registration in ASAP!

Save the Date!!!! The RI community of Mindfulness Annual Sangha Picnic (thank you, Mind Tamers for securing our spot!) will be happening on Sept 10 at Colt State Park. I hope you all will be able to be with us. It is wonderful to have all the Sanghas come together to share food, songs, games, laughter and friendship.

Until we are together again… I am offering this metta prayer…

May each of us who wants peace on earth
Make a commitment to transform the anger, hatred and violence in our own hearts.
May each of us who wants a world without conflict
Make a commitment to resolve, in our own lives, all conflicts however small.
May each of us who wants peace on earth and every child to be safe and happy
Make a commitment to help those parents we know who are struggling
May each of us who wants peace on earth
Make a commitment to work for justice – without justice for all there cannot be true peace for any.
May each of us who wants peace on earth
Make a commitment to do our best to relieve suffering wherever we find it.
May each of us who yearns for peace
Make a commitment to expand our capacity for love, compassion and understanding for ourselves, each other and the planet.
May each of us who wants to live in peace
Awaken to the interdependent nature of all that is and realize that happiness is not an individual matter.
May all beings truly be peace so that the awakened, beloved community can become a reality on earth.

sending much love, many prayers and three conscious breaths for all of you,
Joanne

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