1-16-17 Sangha Update – gathering, DOM, Rally

Walking in Peace
Taking a Stand

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and rested and enjoying this new day.

It was a joy to be with you last evening and celebrate Dr. King.

This is a reminder that the next gathering will be at the home of the Van Horn’s next Sunday evening at 6 PM. Directions are below. There will be sitting /walking /sitting meditation, a talk based on Thay’s teachings and a sharing of the Dharma. I hope you will be able to attend.

Many had asked for information about the Day of Mindfulness and the upcoming March in Washington and
Rally in Providence.. So……

The Day of Mindfulness on Facilitation and Sangha Building will happen on Saturday, January 28 at the Westminster Unitarian Church in East Greenwich . There is no fee, but it is necessary to pre-register so we can arrange the day and notify you with any updates. We are asking for donations for the church in gratitude for the use of their beautiful space. The info is below.I hope you can join us to be joyfully together and strengthen our Sangha.

The March in Washington is fast approaching….there are Sanghas from Baltimore to DC offering hospitality and there will be gatherings for meditation prior to the march. All of the general info is available at https://www.womensmarch.com It is a wonderful website with links to all of info for different states, bussing info, the local rallies, including RI as well as to the global events that are taking place…at last check there were nearly 700,000 who had registered! The information about the Mahasangha gathering and preparations to be a peaceful presence are below.

The RI Community of Mindfulness is organizing to be a peaceful presence at the Providence Rally. All of the info on activities that are happening during this week and for the rally are below. There will be a regular Sangha gathering at Bell Street Chapel at 8 AM on Saturday. This will be followed by a gathering for the recitation of the 14 MIndfulness Trainings from 10-11:30. Then folks will congregate on the North side of the State House at 12 for the 1 o’clock rally. They will have a banner that says RI Community of Mindfulness!

with much love and gratitude for every one of you,
Joanne
DAY OF MINDFULNESS INFO……

We Go As A River Being Joyfully Together

A Day of Mindfulness on Facilitation and Sangha Building
offered by the RI Community of Mindfulness

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2017 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Westminster Unitarian Church, 119 Kenyon Ave. East Greenwich, RI

Practitioners from the Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness who attended the Facilitator’s Retreat at Blue Cliff Monastery
(including Dharma teacher Joanne Friday) welcome you to deepen your practice
and look at ways to strengthen the Sangha.
We hope you will be able to join us.

Please bring a cushion or bench, if you use one….there are plenty of chairs.
Please bring a brown bag vegetarian lunch along with a mug and napkin.
Tea will be provided.

Registration is required to help us plan for the day
Here is the link

There is no fee but donations to the church will be deeply appreciated.
Contact Philip with questions about registration at philip58@gmail.com
or at 401-699-4029, any day between 7 am and 7 pm.


RI RALLY SATURDAY, JANUARY 21

Dear RICOM Friends –

As our sisters and brothers gather across the country and beyond for the Women’s March on Washington, those of us who are staying local have an opportunity to offer in silence our mindful presence and solidity of practice at the RI Women’s Solidarity Rally in Providence. We will join with members of the Thich Nhat Hanh Sangha who are coming together in peace and justice for all, “holding love for each other as a Beloved Community committed to justice for the disenfranchised as so many of ancestors have done before.” We will go as a river.

Preparing Ourselves Ahead of Time for the Day.

The Sangha organizers of the Washington March invite us to “dedicate our practice during the week of Monday, January 16th (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) to Sunday, January 22nd (the weekend following the inauguration) to cultivating understanding and compassion for ourselves and our country, and healing from the violence, hatred, and fear that has intensified during the past year’s election. We are encouraged to practice walking and sitting meditation practice in order to generate the energy of compassion and healing with each step and each breath we take. We recognize there is no true peace without justice and equality for all.”

On January 20th , the Providence Friends Meeting House (Quaker) will be open all day for those seeking a quiet refuge away from the media blitz. We are invited to join others in quiet contemplation or meditation, read int he library, or meet neighbors over hot drinks, soup, and finger foods in the Fellowship Hall (lower level, rear entrance. Children are welcome. Toys, books, crayons and games will be available. Address: 99 Morris Ave. (corner of Olney and Morris at blinking light #1 bus to Hope and Olney) The Friends welcome all, of any faith tradition or none.

Preparing Ourselves on the Day.

There are several opportunities to gather together to ground ourselves in the practice before the rally. You are invited to practice sitting and walking meditation and Dharma Sharing with Radiant Bell Sangha at the Bell Street Chapel from 8:00-9:30 AM. Immediately following, there will be a Recitation of the 14 Mindfulness Trainings and additional Dharma Sharing. All are welcome to join in either or both of these gatherings.

Preparing Ourselves at the Rally. Details on location, parking, bathrooms, etc. are provided in the flyer below. We suggest you dress warmly, bring a hot beverage, and something comfortable to sit on.

The rally is scheduled to begin at 1:00. We will gather at noon on the north side of the State Capital (facing Smith St.) for walking meditation. Look for a big balloon flying high and the sign that says, “Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness” with quotations from Thây. All are welcome to join us.

Being a Mindful Presence at the Rally.

After walking meditation, we will sit (or stand, depending on the conditions) together in silence, being peace. It is our intention to share our energy of compassion and healing with all who are present. All are welcome to join us.

If you have any questions before January 21st, please contact Ann Galkowski at 401-529-7647 or email her at amski1965@yahoo.com.

Bowing in gratitude,
Planning Group for RICOM Presence
RI Women’s Solidarity Rally


Subject: Women’s March on Washington: Housing, Gathering, and Walking Together

Dear Sisters and Brothers in the Plum Village Tradition,

Practitioners from the mindfulness communities of the Washington and Baltimore areas have come together to support the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017.

Offering Housing: We would like to offer help to mindfulness practitioners in the Plum Village tradition who plan to travel to our area on the weekend of January 20-22. A Mindfulness Community Bulletin Board (http://mchb.createaforum.com) provides a way for local practitioners to offer housing and for out-of-area practitioners to find hosts. Please share with others in your community.

Gathering: Mindfulness practitioners will gather together from 7:00 – 9:00 pm on Friday, January 20th, at Seekers Church for an evening of meditation, reflections, and Dharma sharing. (Seekers Church is located at 276 Carroll St NW, Washington DC. It is across the street from the Takoma Metro station and adjacent to Takoma Park, Maryland.)

Walking Together: The mindfulness communities will also designate one or more meeting points so that mindfulness practitioners can walk together during the march.

More information about the evening and the meet-up places will appear on the Housing Bulletin Board ( http://mchb.createaforum.com ) and also on a special “Go as a River” Facebook page
https://m.facebook.com/Womens-March-on-Washington-2017-1243209489105350/

We would be grateful if you would make announcements at your Sangha gatherings and publicize these offerings in any way you can.

If you have questions, please email us at MindfulMarch@gmail.com.

With appreciation,

Connie Anderson Lori Perine Mitchell Ratner Tim McCormack Scott Schang

and…from Sr. Ocean and ARISE……


Calling all Mindfulness Practitioners to
Go As A River
January 16-22, 2017
in support of
the Women’s March on Washington
(and New York, San Francisco, and elsewhere)


~ Meditation is no longer the work of individuals; meditation in our time should be a collective practice. Thich Nhat Hanh, Calming the Fearful Mind, p22.
 
Supported by the ARISE Sangha – Awakening through Race, Intersectionality, and Social Equity.*
 
 
Call to Practice
 
 
We invite all practitioners and Sanghas in the United States and beyond to dedicate their practice during the week of Monday, January 16th (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) to Sunday, January 22nd (the weekend following the inauguration) to cultivating understanding and compassion for ourselves and our country, and healing from the violence, hatred, and fear that has intensified during the past year’s election.  There is no true peace without justice and equity for all.
 
Begin by listening deeply within to develop clarity as to what you’re thinking, feeling, and perceiving in response to the events of the day.  Reflect on the first and second of the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings:  We will train ourselves to look at everything with openness and the insight of interbeing in order to transform dogmatism and violence in ourselves and in the world… 
And: Aware of the suffering created by attachment to views and wrong perceptions, we are determined to avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views… 
 
Dedicate your walking meditation and sitting meditation practice to generating the energy of compassion and healing with each step and each breath you take.  Practice Deep Listening with yourself to with someone you don’t understand and bring Loving Speech into your conversations (see the 4th MT below). Read Thay’s “Calming the Fearful Mind: a Zen Response to Terrorism” and practice Dharma Sharing on the topics raised. These teachings are remarkably relevant today. Practice Touching the Earth (below). Listen to and meditate upon Alone Again, the song created from Thay’s poem Recommendation. See a full list of resources for practice here.
 

Call to Action
 
Join members of the Thich Nhat Hanh Sangha and other traditions from across the country as we march together in peace for justice for all at the Women’s March on Washington. People of all genders are invited. We will practice Marching Meditation to hold love for each other as a Beloved Community committed to justice for the disenfranchised as so many of our ancestors have done before. Sangha members will also participate in marching meditation in New York CitySan Francisco and other sister cities.
 
Click here for the Sangha facebook page organizing housing and events in Washington DC (including sitting meditation, Dharma Sharing, Deep Listening and more) to turn the march into a true Day of Mindfulness. Please reply to this email if you would like your local event linked to this. See the full description of the march and other links below.
 
 
This call to practice and to action is supported by the ARISE Sangha – Awakening through Race, Intersectionality, and Social Equity.*
 
 
ARISE is a group of lay practitioners and monastics in the Plum Village tradition who have come together to heal the wounds of racial injustice and racial and social systemic inequity within ourselves and within the Mahasangha, with the energy of compassion, understanding and love.
Our Vision
We aspire to engage the Plum Village community worldwide in the work of healing the wounds of racial injustice and social inequity, beginning with looking deeply within ourselves.  We seek a worldwide Manyfold Community that is consciously and committedly engaged in the work of transformation and healing of racial injustice and social inequity.  In so doing, we aspire to nourish and protect Beloved Community in our Manyfold Community and beyond.
 
 
On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
 

The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us–women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.

In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.

 
 
How to connect with Sangha members attending the March?
 
 
Resources for Practice

 
Songs for Marching Meditation
 
 
 
Mindfulness Trainings
 
The First Mindfulness Training: Openness
Aware of the suffering created by fanaticism and intolerance, we are determined not to be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. We are committed to seeing the Buddhist teachings as guiding means that help us develop our understanding and compassion. They are not doctrines to fight, kill, or die for. We understand that fanaticism in its many forms is the result of perceiving things in a dualistic and discriminative manner. We will train ourselves to look at everything with openness and the insight of interbeing in order to transform dogmatism and violence in ourselves and in the world.
 
The Second Mindfulness Training:Non-attachment to Views
Aware of the suffering created by attachment to views and wrong perceptions, we are determined to avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. We are committed to learning and practicing non-attachment to views and being open to others’ experiences and insights in order to benefit from the collective wisdom. We are aware that the knowledge we presently possess is not changeless, absolute truth. Insight is revealed through the practice of compassionate listening, deep looking, and letting go of notions rather than through the accumulation of intellectual knowledge. Truth is found in life, and we will observe life within and around us in every moment, ready to learn throughout our lives.
 
 
The Fourth Mindfulness Training:  Loving Speech and Deep Listening
Aware of the suffering caused by unmindful speech and the inability to listen to others, I am committed to cultivating loving speech and compassionate listening in order to relieve suffering and to promote reconciliation and peace in myself and among other people, ethnic and religious groups, and nations. Knowing that words can create happiness or suffering, I am committed to speaking truthfully using words that inspire confidence, joy, and hope. When anger is manifesting in me, I am determined not to speak. I will practice mindful breathing and walking in order to recognize and to look deeply into my anger. I know that the roots of anger can be found in my wrong perceptions and lack of understanding of the suffering in myself and in the other person. I will speak and listen in a way that can help myself and the other person to transform suffering and see the way out of difficult situations. I am determined not to spread news that I do not know to be certain and not to utter words that can cause division or discord. I will practice Right Diligence to nourish my capacity for understanding, love, joy, and inclusiveness, and gradually transform anger, violence, and fear that lie deep in my consciousness.

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.
Parking:
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!!!
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