2-18-17 Sangha Update

I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear. 
Oprah Winfrey
 
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. 
Mark Twain
 
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. 
You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror.
 I can take the next thing that comes along.’ 
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt
 
Dear Friends,
 
I hope this finds you well and happy, enjoying this winter and choosing love over fear.
 
We will be doing that when we gather at 6 PM Sunday at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd. We will enjoy sitting meditation… I will offer a talk on practices that Thay and the Buddha have given us to expand our capacity for love and help us to  see through our fears. I hope you will be able to be with us.
It would also be lovely if you could join us for a Day of Mindfulness on March 25in Franklin, MA.

True Refuge and Stability in Turbulent Times​,
Saturday, March 25,2017 9:30 AM ~ 4:30 PM
First Universalist Society of Franklin, 262 Chestnut St. Franklin, MA 

Information:Karen Grant 
​  ​

grant44@verizon.net 
508.954.3574 

​The registration is available at joannefriday.con/calendar
The Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness is happy to announce that registration is open for the sixth annual Camp Aldersgate retreat. 
 
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE ALDERSGATE RETREAT!
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Interbeing in Action: Being Peace in a Turbulent World

A five-day mindfulness retreat in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with Dharma teacher Joanne Friday
May 20-24, 2016
Camp Aldersgate, North Scituate, Rhode Island
more information and registration is available at joannefriday.com/calendar

 

 

If you would like to be a part of our Clear Heart Sangha googlegroup, to communicate directly with other Sangha members…..  please contact Cindy at westnest5@verizon.net.

 

Here is a wonderful article about practicing in challenging times….

A Zen Master’s Advice on Coping With Trump by Jo Cofino for the Huffington Post.  Jo is a long time practitioner and his writing is deeply appreciated.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/zen-and-the-art-of-activism_us_58a118b6e4b094a129ec59af

I hope you will be able to be with us on Sunday evening and in the meantime,  I hope you are watering lots of seeds of joy.
 
This should help..
 
with much love and many hugs,
Joanne

 

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2-10-17 Sangha Update and Global Day of Prayer!!

Happy Valentines Day!
“In a real sense all life is inter-related. All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be, and you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be…
This is the inter-related structure of reality.”
 
“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” 
​“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” 
Dear Friends,
 
I hope this finds you warm and cozy and having weathered the blizzard in fine fashion.
 
In this season of love, I also  hope that you are well and discovering that here in the depth of winter you have an invincible summer in you and I hope you are in love with all your fellow beings. 
 
It’s easy to love our Sangha members and there will be our 2nd Sunday gathering at the home of Cindy and John West
(directions below) This will take place at 6 PM. We will enjoy sitting/walking/sitting , continue to look together at Thay’s writing on Silence and share the Dharma. I hope that you will be able to be with us. 
 
In addition to our regular gathering, we will also be gathering informally on Sunday morning  at 10 AM at our home for an hour to take part in the Global Day of Prayer. People all over the world, of all faiths, have been invited to gather at 10 AM ET to send love and peace into the collective to help heal the deep divisions in our country and the world. It has been very encouraging to see the response…
 
from Florida:
“I belong to insight timer, a meditation group that meditates together with 1.4 million people around the world.
I belong to  5 groups and sent the announcement out to them.
The Thich Naht Hanh group has 16,000 meditators,
Women Meditate Worldwide has 28,200,
365 DAys Together 46.400, and 2 more. I forget their count.
That’s a little over 90,000 and people are responding that they will join us!”
from Italy:
“thank you very much for that initiative! The Italian praticants are informed and are organizing themseves in order to meditate together on sunday the 12th at the scheduled time – for us a very convenient one, 4 pm – in collective sessions (as well, I guess, in private ones). It will be wonderful to set us in connection with the global sangha and cultivate all together harmony, peace and non-discrimination to address to the ones who suffer and the ones who are considered to be the cause of suffering.
May all beings live in security and in peace.”
If you cannot join us, perhaps you will invite friends near you to gather at 10 AM. If you cannot sit at 10 AM you can sit at any time during the day and somewhere in the world, someone will be joining you, since people everywhere have been invited to sit at 10 AM their time if they are not able to sit with us who are on ET!
There are lots of opportunities for practice….
 
There will be a Day of Mindfulness on March 25 in Franklin, MA. 

True Refuge and Stability in Turbulent Times,​

Saturday, March 25,2017 9:30 AM ~ 4:30 PM 

First Universalist Society of Franklin, 262 Chestnut St. Franklin, MA ​  ​

Information:Karen Grant
grant44@verizon.net
508.954.3574
The registration is available at joannefriday.con/calendar

There are also lots of opportunities for Engaged Practice. We now have a Social Action Committee which will be sending out a survey soon. In the meantime, if you know of opportunities to engage by helping in our community, our state or our country…you can exchange information through our googlegroup. Please contact Cindy West westnest5@verizon.net   if you would like to be a part of that group. If you are posting to that group for social action…please put “Social Action” in the subject line.
 
You might also like to use the google group to arrange ride sharing…some of our community have difficulty driving in the dark…so some might offer rides..etc. 
I hope you can be with  us for one or all of these gatherings,( all of course, are weather permitting…it is February! Check your email for updates or cancellations,,)  and in the meantime, I hope that you are awakening the glow of happiness on faces of everyone you meet..

with much love and the joy of interbeing with  you,

 
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​richard & joanne
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An invitation to participate in a

GLOBAL DAY OF PRAYER 

 Sunday, February 12 – 10 AM EST

Aware of the suffering and serious division that is being created in the US and around the world, by opposing views and lack of understanding, we will be observing a Global Day of Prayer on Sunday, February 12. It is our hope that you will join with us at 10 AM EST, which would be 11 PM in Beijing, when for an hour or two we can practice prayer and meditation. We will send our energy of love and peace to all who have lost awareness of our interconnection as a human family, part of the larger family of all life. Let us help to create conditions for peace on earth to manifest. We hope you will be willing to be a part of this effort.

If the timing is inconvenient for you in your time zone, we also invite people to join at 10 AM in your own time zone. Then we will have the energy of prayer circling the globe all day long, which woud be wonderful.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
― Mother Teresa
“Peace in oneself, peace in the world.”
 – Thich Nhat Hanh 

People around the world have been asked to pray
on Sunday, February 12 to send the energy of
love and peace into the collective. It is suggested that
we begin at 10 AM ET…and for those who cannot join us
then, we invite people around the world to pray at 10 AM in their own time zone
So we can pray anytime all day and connect with folks around the world

When it is
10 AM ET  NEW YORK =
it is​
9  AM  in Chicago
8  AM  in Denver
7  AM  in San Francisco
1 PM Rio
3 PM London
3 PM in Timbuktu
4 PM  in Vienna
5 PM  in Jerusalem
6 PM in Kenya
8:30 PM in India
11PM in Singapore
12 midnight in Tokyo
5 AM in Honolulu

DIRECTIONS TO THE WEST HOME

We live about 2 miles from URI.  From rt 138, go north onto Old North Rd.  (across the street from  big sign ““Kingston Hill Store  Books  Used and Rare””.  Also, just a smidge west of the 138/108 traffic light).  Old North Rd starts off as a one way, continues on as a two way street, and finally ends as a T.  You will see our corner property from there.  Go left at the T (Old North Rd meets Stoneyfort Rd), and then a quick right onto Plantation Dr.  We are the first home on the right (2nd driveway is easiest).  Come on in the side door (porch/kitchen)!

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