5-20-16 Sangha Update

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Good Morning!!

Waking up this morning,I smile.
Twenty-four brand new hours before me.
I vow to live fully each moment and to look at all beings with
the eyes of compassion.

Thich Nhat Hanh

“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”
Meister Eckhart

“Outside, there was that predawn kind of clarity, where the momentum of living has not quite captured the day.
The air was not filled with conversation or thought bubbles or laughter or sidelong glances.
Everyone was sleeping, all of their ideas and hopes and hidden agendas entangled in the dream world,
leaving this world clear and crisp and cold as a bottle of milk in the fridge. ”
Reif Larsen

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and enjoying every minute.

The Van Horn’s were unable to host this Sunday’s gathering so there will not be a sitting this Sunday.

They have offered to host a gathering next Sunday, however at their home at 6PM. There will be sitting/walking/and sitting and a sharing of the Dharma. The directions are below.

In April, there was a retreat for Order members and aspirants at Blue Cliff Monastery. The videos of the talks from that retreat have been made available on youtube. We were celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Order. So the talks focus on the history of the Order, what we are doing presently and what the future might hold.. I offer the links here in case you are interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbvIv1uQUUI Next 50 years of the OI Sr. Hoa N. and JFriday
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5z6lXYma1U OI at the Present Time R Brady, Vinh N
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvvO3w040Uw History of OI M Ratner and TP Lac
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QJ2QsM4DEc Tea Meditation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrvDsNA30Uc Q&A Panel

Until next we meet, I hope that life is sweet for you.

with much love and the clarity and crispness of a spring morning for you,
Joanne

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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5-12-16 Sangha Update

orange tulip and grapeWe are part of a truly extraordinary cosmos!

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.”
Oscar Wilde

“I have a very simple arrangement with my plants: I give them love and they give me flowers.”
Joseph Rain

In the garden of my heart, the flower of peace blooms beautifully.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

I hope that you are well, enjoying this beautiful spring day and allowing the flower of peace to bloom in your heart.

This is just a reminder that we will be gathering on Sunday evening at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd in Wakefield. We will enjoy a sitting meditation, outdoor walking meditation,(weather permitting) I will offer a talk and we will share the Dharma. It will be a delight to be able to be together. I hope you will be able to be with us.

No Sangha on the 22!!!!!!
There will not be a Sangha gathering next week as the Van Horn’s are unable to host and I will be at the Aldersgate Retreat.

There will be a Generations Sangha this coming  Saturday at the Westminster Unitarian Church on Kenyon Ave in East Greenwich at 10 AM. This is a sangha for all ages. There will be songs and stories and a project for the children and a sitting meditation and sharing for the adults….the gathering ends at 11:30 and for those who can stay, there are snacks and fellowship until 12 noon.

I wanted to thank all of you who have been sending me prayers. I had a round of tests last week at Sloane Kettering…just got the results yesterday and learned that there has been no progression …no change in the scans in over three years. So my expiration date has yet again been extended! Your prayers and good wishes are a wonderful support for me. Thank you.

with much love and gratitude,
Joanne

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