10-14-17 Sangha Update

“The Peace of Wild Things”

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.”

― Wendell Berry, The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry


“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief.
Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly, now.
You are not obligated to complete the work,
but neither are you free to abandon it.”
– From The Talmud, 303.
posted by the founding editor of the Dayton Jewish Observer,


Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and happy, enjoying this beautiful autumn and doing all you can to contribute your highest and best to the collective.

We have and opportunity to strengthen our highest and best as we will be gathering tomorrow evening at 6 PM at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd. in Wakefield. We will enjoy sitting meditation and walking meditation, I will offer a short talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.

Please note that the Van Horns are unable to host next Sunday, the 22, so we will once again host the Sangha at our home.

I have been invited to offer a Day of Mindfulness in West Hartford, CT on Saturday, the 28th. 10am-4pm. I will speak on the theme “Mindfulness in Difficult Times”. Location: The Village for Families and Children, 1680 Albany Avenue, Hartford CT The registration deadline is Oct. 19. Information and registration at…… http://joannefriday.com/calendar/ It’s always a lovely gathering of sweet people..It is a timely topic and I hope you will be able to be with us to deepen our practice together, so that we can navigate these turbulent times skillfully.

​Also, if any of you are interested in receiving formal Transmission of the Five Trainings, we will be scheduling a Ceremony, so please let me know. ​

It has been heartbreaking that every week when I send an update, there has been another disaster. This week, of course, it is the terrible fires in CA. Along with sending help to the usual organizations, please send metta to our dear friends, Roger and Sue Morgan. She let me know that so far they are safe, but her sister, and daughter and her children have taken refuge with them. The destruction has been enormous…please hold them in your prayers and you can send love to …sstrongmorgan@gmail.com

CARETAKING NEEDED! We have a number of requests for help….so we need to have another meeting of our Care Taking Council…which is made up of any Sangha Member who would like to help and support the Sangha. If you would like to take part, please let me know and I will create a doodle poll to find the best time for us to connect. This is not a big commitment of time…we meet only 1 or 2 times/year, but we can accomplish a lot via email in between and when needs arise, many hands make light work. I hope you will consider helping out.

There are also lots of opportunities for engaged practice, please join our google group where these opportunities are shared. Contact Cindy at westnest5@verizon.net

Some Sangha members have also created a Facebook page for the Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness. You might like to visit it also for up to date information on Sangha happenings.​

I saw an interesting interview about an organization that does a lot of good work in the world. – Partners in Health – about which a documentary has been made, called”Bending the Arc” “It’s a saying. Martin Luther King used to talk about the arc of history is long but it bends toward justice. But for us I think the lesson has been if you look at Martin Luther King’s life, the arc of history doesn’t bend toward justice unless people grab the arc and bend it towards justice,” Dr. Kim, one of the founders, said of the film’s title. If you are interested, there is a trailer at this link. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bending-the-arc-documentary/

This reminded me of my grandmother always telling me….”God helps those who help themselves, get off your knees and hustle!”

I apologize to any of you who have been trying to contact us. We have been in Canada with very little reception. I will do my best to get caught up this coming week. If I haven’t gotten back to you please resend your email, or call again. Thank you, thank you.

and…as always, until we meet again, please water lots of seeds of joy!

with much love,


Thay celebrated his 91st birthday on the 11th and the nuns gave him this card from us…….

Happy Continuation Day, Dear Thay.

The Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness
is sending
all of our love and gratitude.

We are the Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness. We have 6 Sanghas doing our best to deepen our practice, love one another and transform our unskillful states of mind so that we can continue to share what you have given us.

We celebrated our 25th anniversary this past weekend with a picnic and two showings of the “Walk With Me” film. We had 200 people in attendance and between the two showings we did a walking meditation along the river walk in Providence, RI. This was the place that you led 2000 of us in a walking meditation in 2002.

We are so grateful for all that you have given us and on this occasion of your Continuation Day we send all our love and best wishes for your happiness and continued healing.

with much love and deepest gratitude,
your disciples from the RI Community of Mindfulness

Two sold out showings of “Walk With Me”
The cinema became a mediation hall.

You are continuing in each of us as we are walking in peace.
Thank you, Thay!

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