10-18-14 Sangha Update

Counting our Blessings

“The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.”
Henry Ward Beecher

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering.”
Steve Mariboli – from Unapologetically You

Dear Friends,

I hope that this finds you all well and happy, enjoying this glorious autumn  and counting your blessings!

We will have an opportunity to do that tomorrow evening. There will be a gathering at our home at 6 PM.  We will enjoy sitting and walking meditation and sharing the Dharma. Richard will be facilitating the meeting. I hope you will be able to attend.

Thank you all for your kind notes and love and care during this difficult time for Richard and me. Your love and care are deeply appreciated. I have included Richard’s father’s obituary below.

Help needed…
There is also a Veteran’s retreat coming up at Blue Cliff. They are looking for financial support in the form of scholarships. Please help if you are able…for information contact office@bluecliffmonastery.org

One of the Sanghas in CT is asking for help for a member of the Sangha who is homeless. If you are able to help, there is information below.

Upcoming Days of Mindfulness….if you have friends in CT or ME who might like to join us, please let them know….

Greater Hartford Sangha’s Fall Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Village for Families and Children, Hartford
This is always a lovely day. I hope you will be able to join us.
The event will include a transmission ceremony of the Five Mindfulness Trainings.
If you or someone you know would like to receive formal transmission,  applications to receive or renew the trainings are due to Joanne by October 18, 2014. Registration information and applications are available at joannefriday.com/calendar

Day of Mindfulness in Portland, Maine
Saturday, November 8, 2014 – 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Peaceful Harbor Sangha offers “Deepening Our Personal Practice: A Day of Mindfulness in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with Dharma Teacher Joanne Friday”
More information and registration instructions: joannefriday.com/calendar

Contact for questions: John Kavanaugh, tyrannis220@gmail.com or 207-228-5024

To water some seeds of joy, I am including a youtube which I love…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZpGe5rNJkI

Enjoy and know…I’ll think of you as I go.
with much love, many hugs and the freedom of a leaf sailing on an autumn breeze for you,
Joanne

Thomas J. Friday, Jr., 91, of Springhouse Estates, passed away on October 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Eleanor (Baltz) Friday for 65 years. Thomas was born in Philadelphia, PA on September 9, 1923 to the late Thomas J., Sr. and Esther (Steiner) Friday. Thomas served his country with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during WWII as a Fighter Pilot and Landing Signal Officer aboard the USS Lexington. A Temple University alumnus, he had a career as a Manufacturers Sales Representative for his company Thomas J. Friday, Inc.  Thomas enjoyed gardening, dancing and big band music. He was also a skilled craftsman, metalworker and had a keen interest in electronics. Along with his wife Eleanor, he is survived by his children: Richard Friday (Joanne) of Rhode Island, Pamela Friday of Lansdale; a sister Phoebe Wald of WA. He was predeceased by his brother Daniel Friday. Services were held privately. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758517 Topeka, KS 66675. Condolences may be made at www.ciavarellifuneralhomes.com.

REQUEST FOR HELP FOR A SANGHA MEMBER

I write on behalf of a dear sangha brother of mine.He has been a dedicated practitioner in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh for many years, practicing with several sanghas including the Earth Holder sangha in Southbury and the Po Jama sangha in Manchester.  Recently,he has suffered several setbacks; he has lost a close family member, had a return of health issues, lost his job and lost his home.  He is currently living in a homeless shelter and trying to find work and get back on his feet.  He has some job possibilities and requires money and material resources until he is settled.  I am reaching out to the larger sangha to ask for assistance.

Dana, generosity, has always been a strong aspect of our traditions.  Today I ask if anyone can contribute whatever they are comfortable with to help  out.  The immediate need is for approximately five hundred dollars,  some of which has been raised already. Depending on when he  finds work, he may need some additional money as well.  Any amount will help, and will go a long way in assisting him while he is searching for work; helping him with clothes, doctor bills, food, etc. as well as a place to live.

Thank you all for your support and your kindness.  Please contact me at acvercko@gmail.com, my home 860-238-7136, or cell 860-709-0863 if you feel moved to help.

Much Metta,
Andrew Cvercko

“For Equilibrium, a Blessing:
Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.

As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity by lightened by grace.

Like the dignity of moonlight restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.

As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.

As silence smiles on the other side of what’s said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.

As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.

May your prayer of listening deepen enough
to hear in the depths the laughter of god.”
John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings

 

 

 

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10-13-14 Taming Tomorrow and Prayer Request

HAPPY CONTINUATION DAY, THAY!

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well happy and enjoying this glorious fall we have been having.
It is such a wonderful reminder of impermanence. We want to take in every bit of the beauty as we know it won’t last….it makes it so precious!

Speaking of precious, our wonderful teacher, Thay turned eighty-eight onn the 11th!!! He has given us a priceless gift. If you would like to wish him a happy continuation day and offer him a gift of your practice…there is information below as to how to go about doing that.He has asked us to offer him a promise….some small way we can deepen our practice….40,000 folks have done that so far. If you would like to offer your gratitude and a promise you can do that at  https://www.facebook.com/thichnhathanh

Speaking of precious…there will be a precious opportunity to come together on Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM at Sts. Matthew and Mark Church in West Barrington. directions are below. There will be sitting and walking meditation and sharing the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be there.

PRAYER REQUEST
We were just notified that Richard’s father died this morning. He was a very good man and had been suffering with the after effects of two strokes for the past three years. We were very grateful that he died very peacefully in no pain.  Please hold Richard and his family in your prayers and meditations and in your hearts. You can send love in the form of a note to 725 Matunuck School House Rd., Wakefield, RI  02879.

The Generations Sangha…we meet the second Saturday of each month at 10 AM at the Westminster Unitarian Church on Kenyon Avenue in East Greenwch, RI. It’s for folks of all ages and is a lot of fun! If you can come and support this growing sangha that would be lovely.

There will also be our regular OI/Aspiirant gathering for those of you who are local on the third Saturday, Oct 18 at 10 AM at the Bell Street Chapel  in Providence. This is open to Order members and Aspirants and anyone who is interested in learning more about our practice. This is held right after the Radiant Bell Sangha meeting which will go from 8-9:30 AM. for any of you who would like to sit with the Sangha before the meeting. I hope you will be able to come.

We will have a recitation of the Fourteen Trainings and share the Dharma.The next book we will look at will be “One Buddha is Not Enough”…based on transcripts from the 2009 Colorado Retreat which Thay was unable to attend due to ill-health. The retreat went on beautifully and the book contains Dharma talks by the monastics and Lay teachers, as well as commentary about Thay’s hospital stay, along with letters he sent to the retreatants from the hospital.  Thay was so happy that his continuation was manifesting so beautifully.

Help needed…
There is also a Veteran’s retreat coming up at Blue Cliff. They are looking for financial support in the form of scholarships. Please help if you are able…the information is below.

Upcoming Days of Mindfulness….if you have friends in CT or ME who might like to join us, please let them know….

Greater Hartford Sangha’s Fall Day of Mindfulness
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Village for Families and Children, Hartford
This is always a lovely day. I hope you will be able to join us.
The event will include a transmission ceremony of the Five Mindfulness Trainings.
If you or someone you know would like to receive formal transmission,  applications to receive or renew the trainings are due to Joanne by October 18, 2014. Registration information and applications are available atjoannefriday.com/calendar

Day of Mindfulness in Portland, Maine
Saturday, November 8, 2014 – 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Peaceful Harbor Sangha offers “Deepening Our Personal Practice: A Day of Mindfulness in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh with Dharma Teacher Joanne Friday”
More information and registration instructions:joannefriday.com/calendar
Contact for questions: John Kavanaugh, tyrannis220@gmail.com or 207-228-5024

I will look forward to being with all of you again when causes and conditions are sufficient…..in the meantime, I hope you are enjoying every moment of the miracle of autumn.

with much love, many hugs and the freedom of a leaf, letting go for you,
Joanne

HELPING THE VETERANS

Dear Sangha Friends,

May this find you enjoying a day filled with lightness and ease.  Please excuse this message, if it duplicates one you have already received.

As you may be aware, Thay Phap Uyen (Brother Michael), of Magnolia Grove Monastery, is a veteran of Desert Storm/Desert Shield.  This November, Brother Michael, supported by the Brothers and Sisters of Blue Cliff and a group of lay practitioners, will offer a healing retreat for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  It is his sincere wish that this be the first in a series of annual retreats that bring healing practices to those who are suffering from traumatic brain injury, PTSD, anger, fear, despair and loneliness.

Many of these veterans have insufficient resources to enable them to travel to and attend the retreat.  The following is a message from Brother Michael –

“Please help make this retreat possible for the people who have been called to serve our country.  Whether we hold a perception that the war was right or wrong, these veterans still have the right to heal after they have been put in harm’s way.  PTSD is not an individual problem, it is the problem of our generation.  We all know someone who is in the military or has served.  The rate of suicide and PTSD is rising, and we have a chance to help them.

Each of us can help by sending the link below to our sanghas, friends and family.  If you have a Facebook page, Twitter account, blog or other social media connection, please use it to let people know about this campaign, and encourage them to pass it on to others they know.  We hope you will also offer your financial support, if you are able.”

for information contact office@bluecliffmonastery.org

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