11-22-14 Sangha Update and Prayer Request

 

Thay is Smiling…..

“When you learn how to suffer, you suffer much less.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,
I hope you are well and happy and warm and cozy on this crisp autumn morning.

It was a delight to be with all of you for our Thanksgiving potluck, singing and sangha gathering last Sunday. It was so beautiful to hear all that we are grateful for and to send the wonderful energy that we had generated to Thay. I know he is smiling.

I have been at 5 sangha gatherings since Thay became ill  and at each one we continued to deepen our practice, as Thay has always encouraged us to do. We have chanted, recited the Trainings, and joined the waves of energy that are being sent from all over the globe. I have been receiving emails from Order members and practitioners from Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain, Nicaragua, Canada, etc, etc…with testimonials as to how the practice has changed their lives and the deep gratitude they feel for Thay.It has been very moving.

When I invite the bell, I always feel that the sound is spiraling out into the cosmos. Knowing that all these people all over the world, in all different time zones are chanting and praying for Thay, I have the same image. I remember the wave that was done at baseball games…this is like a Buddhist wave. Every hour of the day and night, some people, somewhere are praying for Thay and sending him their highest and best energy. It is so beautiful.

Thay has spent his whole life transforming his suffering and sharing the practices he has used to do that with everyone who is interested. His energetic transmission has been well received. I feel so motivated to deepen my practice to help him to continue beautifully…and I am so moved to know that so many have the same aspiration. He and Martin Luther King shared an aspiration to create conditions for the beloved community to manifest. I believe their vision is manifesting.

We who have come in contact with the Dharma and such awakened beings in this lifetime are truly blessed.

There will be another opportunity to do that this Sunday at 6 PM. There will be a gathering at the home of Robert and Monica VanHorn. (directions below) There will be sitting and walking meditation, a talk and sharing the Dharma. I hope you will be able to attend.

PRAYER REQUEST

Please hold our dear Sangha sister, Eva in your prayers and meditations. She had a stroke about a little over a week ago. Thankfully, she was not incapacitated by it…but needs to get some deep rest in order for her brain to heal. Because of that she does not want  visitors or calls at this time, so the best way to show her our  love is through email or a love note. She is at dorandecker@gmail.com or Eva Doran, 49 Gibson Ave. Narragansett, RI. 02882

HELP REQUESTED FOR THAY

I have also included a letter from the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation…They are requesting any financial help you can offer to help with Thay’s medical expenses….

“We are incredibly grateful and nourished by the outpouring of love and support from the global community for our beloved Thay this past week. Please continue, as Thay has taught us, to focus on your practice, being a beautiful continuation of his wisdom, calmness, compassion and teachings in every moment.

For those who have asked and those who may wish to express their love and support of Thay by offering a donation to help with the ongoing costs of his care, including nearby housing for his attendants, financial gifts may be made to the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation (please specify “Plum Village/Thay’s health care”). Thank you so much for your kind generosity to the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation, which works diligently to continue the mindful teachings and loving practice of Thay.”

Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation • 2499 Melru Lane, Escondido, CA 92026 • (760) 291-1003 ext 104 •info@thichnhathanhfoundation.org or you can contribute on line at  thichnhathanhfoundation.org Please help if you are able.

In the meantime, I hope you watering lots of seeds of joy.with much love and many hugs,

Joanne

Directions to and Parking for the Van Horn HomeAddress:  24 Mallory Lane    Wakefield, RI  02879Phone:  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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11-15-14 Sangha Update

photo by Thai Phuc Nguyen

“I have arrived, I am home” is the shortest Dharma Talk I have ever given. ”I have arrived, I am home” means “I don’t want to run anymore.” You need that insight in order to be truly established in the here and now, and to embrace life with all its wonders.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and enjoying these bright fall days and embracing life with all its wonders.

This is a reminder that we will be gathering at our home tomorrow at 3 PM for a vegetarian Thanksgiving potluck. If you are moved to, please bring songs, music, poems,  etc, to share.  If you are able to join us for dinner please RSVP so we can arrange the space and set up.

We will have our regular mid month gathering immediately following at 6 PM. We will offer a ceremony for the sick for Thay, I will give a brief talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.

PRAYER REQUESTS Please continue to keep Thay in your prayers and meditations. There have not been more updates since my last mailing. I will keep you updated as more news arrives. They did send out an announcement that he is receiving no visitors at the hospital.  There is a beautiful clip from a talk he gave on Fear of Death on Youtube   It is only a couple of minutes long  but says a great deal you can find it at…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54aRrJWl_PI

Please also send lots of love to our dear friends Sue and Roger Morgan. Their beautiful grandson, Orion, died at age 16 on Monday. He was an extraordinary young man. Please hold him and Sue and Roger and his whole family in your hearts. Here is the beautiful photo and note that Sue posted. You can send love to her at sstrongmorgan@gmail.com.

“What a blessing to share 16 years with this boy. Thank you all for your messages; they mean so much. Hug your loved ones and tell them how much you love them.”

Also a reminder to SAVE THE DATE! The RI Community of Mindfulness is planning another retreat at Camp Aldersgate for this spring from May 15-19. If you have suggestions for a topic for  the focus of our retreat please send them to Ann M at   goldmoore41@gmail.com  I understand that I made a typo in Ann’s address the last time and all of your good ideas were getting bounced back. I apologize. Please don’t be discouraged and try again!

I do hope you can be with us tomorrow.
with much love, many hugs and the deep peace of a crisp fall night for you,
Joanne

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