11-18-17 Sangha Update

You can spend your whole life listening to internal and external messages without ever hearing the voice of your deepest desire… If you have space and silence to listen deeply to yourself, you may find within you a strong desire to help other people, to bring love and compassion to others, to create positive transformation in the world. Whatever your job—whether you lead a corporation, serve food, teach, or take care of others—if you have a strong and clear understanding of your purpose and how your work relates to it, this can be a powerful source of joy in your life.

Thich Nhat Hanh

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”
Anne Frank

Dear Friends,

As the days shorten, I hope you are well, listening deeply to yourself and lighting candles instead of cursing the darkness!

You can keep your own and each others’ lights glowing brightly through our practice. It is an important time to take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and the Sangha. We need to water the highest and best seeds in ourselves and each other, so we have enough energy to educate ourselves, be with what is and to respond skillfully.

We will have an opportunity to do that this coming Sunday evening at 6 PM at 725 Matunuck School House Rd, Wakefield. We will enjoy a sitting meditation, I will share some of Thay’s teachings for navigating the times in which we are living, and we will share the Dharma.

Some opportunities…..

A reminder that because the film “Walk with Me ” was sold out at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport (300 attended!), another showing has been scheduled for November 20 at 7:30. If you have not seen it, or have friends who have not seen it, please let them know to get their tickets ahead of time on line at http://janepickens.com I have heard from several folks who had traveled over to Newport, only to find out that there were no tickets. If you can help Ann G with the information table please respond to this email.

Also we want to offer a Day of Mindfulness in January. Several folks have requested that we offer a formal transmission of the Five Mindfulness Trainings…and we will offer a ceremony at that time. If you are interested in receiving the Transmission or helping with the Day of Mindfulness, please respond to this email.

Engaged Practice

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks and for those of us who have enough, a time for giving so that others can have something to be thankful for. I know that you are some of the biggest hearted people I know..so this is probably not necessary, but just as a reminder…..There are so many shelters and community organizations which provide dinners for folks. Please consider donating time and/or money to these organizations that feed the bodies and souls of our siblings. As Mother Teresa said, “If there is no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

also…….

The administration is now trying to destroy some of the provisions of the health care program through their tax bill.
so they can maintain benefits for the rich, the corporations and the real estate corporations. I would be one of the largest transfers of wealth from the poor to the rich in history. Medicare will be cut…in order to pay for tax cuts to the wealthy..Time for a love letter to your Congressmen…all of their contact info is here….https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

Also pertaining to health care, our administration withdrew the funding to advertise the enrollment period for health care. It is trying to sabotage the ACA so that it will appear that the program is a failure. They could not pass a bill to undo it so Instead of improving the program…they are destroying it by cutting funding. Will not insure the reimbursements to the providers so that premiums will rise exponentially. They have cut the enrollment period in half…deadline is now Dec 15 and cut the advertising budget by 90% So…it is up to us to let our friends who are in need of insurance know of this. Please pass this info on to anyone you know who needs to enroll. Thank you, thank you. getamericacovered.org

I recall Jesus saying”Forgive them, they know not what they do.” The ignorance on the part of some lawmakers on the long term impact of their actions and our state of interbeing is very profound. Along with taking effective action to protect our country and the people who suffer, we need to also be sending lots of metta to those lawmakers and hold them in our prayers.

And to restore your faith in humans and expand your capacity to be with what is….water some seeds of joy!

The power of one….

pure joy!….and magic!

In these times, it is very important to water lots of seeds of joy..so we can respond skillfully and effectively .

In the meantime, I hope you will be able to be with us tomorrow evening..

with much love and the joy of interbeing with all of you,
Joanne
Chan Lac Thi
True Joy of Giving

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11-11-17 Sangha Update

Beauty all around….as we go into winter in a blaze of glory!

“What hurts you, blesses you. Darkness is your candle.”
― Jalaluddin Rumi

“Into the darkness they go, the wise and the lovely. ”
― Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”
― Anne Frank

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
― Plato

Dear Friends,

As the days shorten, I hope you are well and happy and are lighting candles and not cursing the darkness!

We can keep each others’ lights glowing brightly tomorrow evening when we gather at the home of Cindy and John West (directions below) at 6PM. We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation, learning more of Thay’s teachings from his book “Silence” and sharing the Dharma. I hope you will be able to join us.

A reminder that because the film “Walk with Me ” was sold out at the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport, another showing has been scheduled for November 20 at 7:30. If you have not seen it, or have friends who have not seen it, please let them know to get their tickets ahead of time on line at http://janepickens.com I have heard from several folks who had traveled over to Newport, only to find out that there were no tickets.

PRAYER REQUEST from our friend Annie in CT regarding a dear friend and Order member, Judith Stevens….

Judith Stevens has been having such difficulty with her health, it seems one thing after another with barely any time in between. Kindly send her prayers for the healing of the inflammation inside her eyes and allergic reaction to a medication. And for her whole body, heart-mind. Please pass on to the larger community. Many thanks, Annie

Engaged Practice
At our last meeting we learned about a wonderful project that Cindy’s mother, along with Kate O’Kula are undertaking.. to help women. The information is below.

And to restore your faith in humans and amaze you….water some seeds of joy!

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-12-year-old-prodigy-whose-first-language-is-mozart/

with much love and the deep peace of a silent night for you,
Joanne

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)!

 

CHANGING THE WORLD ONE WOMAN, ONE GIRL, ONE DINNER AT A TIME
DINING FOR WOMEN will hold a local informational meeting being held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, 27 North Rd., Peacedale, RI, Feb 7, Wed. evening 7 – 8:30 pm, free & open to the public. Gail Burchard, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, has volunteered to become a local chapter leader, with Val Follett and Kate OKula as co-leaders.
Dining for Women is a global giving circle that funds grassroots projects working in developing countries to fight gender inequality. Dining for Women celebrates the power of the individual to see an injustice and act to change it; to see need and act to fill it. Dining for Women’s members are deeply involved in the grantees we support and the problems we seek to address. Our education component is equally as important as our fundraising.

Although we raised more than $5 million between 2003 and 2015, our members are generally not wealthy. Our average donation is $35 – just about the amount you might spend for a weeknight dinner out.

Our collective-giving model is proving that small contributions, aggregated together, can make a huge difference. This is especially true in the most impoverished areas of the world, where some subsist on less than $1.25 a day.

Vision
We envision a world where the lives of women and girls have been transformed and extreme poverty has been reduced because Dining for Women connected people in creative, powerful ways that assure gender equality.

Mission
Through collective giving, Dining for Women inspires, educates, and engages people to invest in grassroots programs that make a meaningful difference for women and girls living in extreme poverty in developing countries.

Culture
In all we do, our actions convey our deep belief in collaboration, education, inspiration, and transformation.

“The efforts that Dining for Women have undertaken … all across the country over the past 13 years provide a powerful example of how individual acts of giving, when aggregated, can make a deep and transformational impact.” — Hillary Clinton

Dining for Women chapters meet on a regular basis – most monthly – and share a meal together. It may be in someone’s home, in a college cafeteria, an office break room, a church hall, or a local watering hole. Members share camaraderie and learn about that month’s featured grantees through videos, educational documents and presentations, and free and open discussion. Funds raised each month go to fund the featured and sustained grantees, as well as support the entire mission of Dining for Women.

Learn of this well organized group. Get together with friends. Meet new people. Share good food and a sense of community. Be a global citizen and make a difference in the world. That’s what Dining for Women chapters offer you … it’s a chance to socialize with substance! For more information, go to: www.DiningForWomen.org, or contact Gail @ 401-294-6789, or GailBurchard@gmail.com

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