2-17-18 Sangha Update

Happy New Year!
Tet Celebration at the monastery!

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying every breath and every step as we begin this brand new Vietnamese New Year .

This is just a short note to let you know that we will be gathering tomorrow evening at our home – 725 Matunuck School House Rd.Wakefield – at 6PM. We will enjoy sitting meditation, I will offer a short talk and we will share the Dharma. It will be wonderful to be able to be with all of you again. During this time when so many challenges are presenting themselves and as a collective we are confronted with the dark side of human nature, we have the opportunity to choose what kind of world we want to co-create. I feel a lot of gratitude for having a practice which trains us to take very good care of our consciousness and the consciousnesses of everyone we touch. We are encouraged to develop a deep respect for ourselves, each other and the planet. It is such a gift to have fellow travelers on the Path. I hope you will be able to be with us.

There will be another Day of Mindfulness in Franklin, MA on March 10. I hope you will be able to join us for that. All of the information and registration forms can be found at joannefriday.com/calendar

If you would like to be able to communicate with other Sangha members directly, you might like to join the google group. It is overseen by Cindy and you can contact her at westnest5@verizon.net.

ENGAGED PRACTICE

The google group is also a place where you can send Social Action Updates…Because of the 1.5 Trillion dollar tax cut, the lawmakers are now proposing some drastic cuts to the social safety net to make up this huge addition to the deficit. There are many laws being proposed that can create a great deal of injustice…cuts to medicaid, mental health care, the SNAP program, etc. I was also reminded that almost exactly one year ago – Feb 4, 2017- the Congress passed a bill to rescind President Obama’s restrictions on those with serious mental illness being able to purchase guns. In light of 18 school shootings in the last month, this might be something that needs to be revisited? You can contact our friends in Washington at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

Also the RI Community of Mindfulness now has a FaceBook page, which you might like to visit for updates and postings. If you have questions, you can contact Ann G at amski1965@yahoo.com

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The year of the Earth Dog
Lunar New Year (“Tết”), begins Feb 16th. Tết is joyously celebrated at all of our practice centers. One of the ancient traditions for Tết is posting poetic couplets around the home, and thus each year the monastics in Plum Village decide upon a set of parallel verses to post in the meditation hall and serve as a guiding theme for the new year. The link below will take you to beautiful copies of the verses for this year, in calligraphy, provided by the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation that you can print out and hang up at home:

http://thichnhathanhfoundation.org/blog/2018/2/9/2018-lunar-new-year-parallel-verses

Also, here is a talk by Thay …Enjoy!

I also want to offer my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have been sending good thoughts, prayers, cards, etc. It has been a wonderful support.

with much love and best wishes for the new year,

Joanne

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