3-19-15 Sangha Update

Happy Springtime!!!!!!

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke

“The alchemist was dazed and dumbfounded, as the true meaning of the magic was revealed: *The dead will rise from glade to glen and ancient will be young again*. The dead had, after all, risen. From dead and dry things there was growth, and new life everywhere. And the endlessly long winter had at last turned to spring.
From life to death and back again to life. It was indeed the greatest magic in the world.”
― Lauren Oliver

 

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and happy and enjoying the magic  of this first day of Spring eve! Although some snow might still manifest, the birds are singing, the sun is shining….Oh, what a beautiful morning, Oh, what a beautiful cosmos!!!!

I wanted to thank all of you who once again…surprised me last Sunday with all of your love and good wishes. and …that beautiful, delicious cake! I am truly blessed to have all of you in my life. Your love letters were so moving…to hear how the practice has been of benefit in so many ways is wonderful. However, the benefit comes from you, because you are practicing!

This is just a reminder that there will be a gathering on Sunday evening at 6 PM at the Van Horn home…directions are below. There will be sitting/walking/sitting meditation and a sharing of the Dharma. A bow of gratitude for Monica and Robert for hosting this gathering. I hope you will be able to be there.

PRAYER REQUEST
Our dear friend, Adria will be having a procedure next Thursday to alleviate an aneurysm. Please hold her in your prayers and in your hearts. You can send love to adria@uri.edu

I am sorry  (as well as happy!) to say that the Aldersgate Retreat is filled. There is a waiting list that is being kept, if you want to be on it, please contact Ann  at goldmoore41@gmail.com. I am looking forward to being able to practice with all of you.

There will be an OI/Aspirant  gathering this Saturday at 10 at the Bell Street Chapel. There will be a recitation of the Fourteen Trainings and a sharing of the Dharma. We have been practicing with the Five Trainings for Winter Retreat and are on the Fourth…Deep Listening and Mindful Speech

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.
We have been choosing one thing from each training as the focus for our practice. For this Training, I have been focusing on the roots of my anger.  looking deeply at my misperceptions and lack of understanding. It has been very rich!

This gathering is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about our Order and deepening practice. It will be preceded by a meeting of the Radiant Bell Sangha from 8-9:30, if you would like to attend, everyone is welcome. Susan Glogovac will be facilitating.

Please continue to keep Thay and the monastics attending him in your prayers. All the reports back from Plum Village indicate that he is making progress. He is very diligent about his therapy and doing very well.

Until next time, I hope you are enjoying each moment and celebrating all of the signs of spring.

with much love and the wisdom of a daffodil bulb 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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3-14-15 Sangha Update

photo courtesy of Richard Friday
Sun Setting on Winter….

“God never made an ugly landscape.
All that the sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.”
“The Wild Parks and Forest Reservations of the West” The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 81, Issue 483, January 1898.

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.
“The Yosemite” (1912), page 256.

John Muir

The joy of looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.
~ Albert Einstein

 

Dear Friends,

I hope you are enjoying these last days of winter, as it melts and freezes and rains and snows and……..

We will be gathering  tomorrow evening at 6 PM at our home. There will be a sitting meditation, I will offer a short talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us. Because of the melting and raining, etc., etc., the parking will be a bit tricky. If you park on the lawn…be as gentle as you can as it will probably be softened by the rain. It would also be helpful, if you are planning to attend, if you could car pool as the space is limited, by the lingering snow!  I hope you can be with us.

Please remember to contact Cindy  westnest5@verizon.net if you want to be on the googlegroups list serve she has created. It is a good way to connect over things like carpooling!

Next Saturday there will be an OI/Aspirant gathering at the Bell Street Chapel at 10 AM. This is for Order members, Aspirants and anyone else who is interested in learning more about our practice. We will recite the Fourteen Trainings and share the Dharma. I have asked the Aspirants to join me in practicing with the Five Trainings during our winter retreat time. We are on the Fourth training. I have copied it below. We are taking whatever part of the training that resonates with us and creating a mindfulness practice for ourselves. We are using Thay’s book, “The Mindfulness Survival Kit” as the basis for our practice. Please join us if you like…the Radiant Bell Sangha meets before from 8:00 – 9:30. All are welcome to attend that meeting also.

If you are interested in attending the Aldersgate Retreat…please send the registration as soon as possible…you can access it at joannefriday.com. The last I heard it was just about filled.
I will also be offering retreats near Toronto, Canada and Rochester, NY in April. If you know anyone in those areas, you might like to let them know. That info can be accessed at joannefriday.com also.

and purely for the fun of it…to water some seeds of joy…..this is a pure delight!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_bbt0_XjbQ

Enjoy!!!!

I hope you will be able to join us tomorrow and until then, I hope you are enjoying this moment.

with much love and the freedom of a raindrop for you,
Joanne

 

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.

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