2-17-18 Sangha Update

Happy New Year!
Tet Celebration at the monastery!

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying every breath and every step as we begin this brand new Vietnamese New Year .

This is just a short note to let you know that we will be gathering tomorrow evening at our home – 725 Matunuck School House Rd.Wakefield – at 6PM. We will enjoy sitting meditation, I will offer a short talk and we will share the Dharma. It will be wonderful to be able to be with all of you again. During this time when so many challenges are presenting themselves and as a collective we are confronted with the dark side of human nature, we have the opportunity to choose what kind of world we want to co-create. I feel a lot of gratitude for having a practice which trains us to take very good care of our consciousness and the consciousnesses of everyone we touch. We are encouraged to develop a deep respect for ourselves, each other and the planet. It is such a gift to have fellow travelers on the Path. I hope you will be able to be with us.

There will be another Day of Mindfulness in Franklin, MA on March 10. I hope you will be able to join us for that. All of the information and registration forms can be found at joannefriday.com/calendar

If you would like to be able to communicate with other Sangha members directly, you might like to join the google group. It is overseen by Cindy and you can contact her at westnest5@verizon.net.

ENGAGED PRACTICE

The google group is also a place where you can send Social Action Updates…Because of the 1.5 Trillion dollar tax cut, the lawmakers are now proposing some drastic cuts to the social safety net to make up this huge addition to the deficit. There are many laws being proposed that can create a great deal of injustice…cuts to medicaid, mental health care, the SNAP program, etc. I was also reminded that almost exactly one year ago – Feb 4, 2017- the Congress passed a bill to rescind President Obama’s restrictions on those with serious mental illness being able to purchase guns. In light of 18 school shootings in the last month, this might be something that needs to be revisited? You can contact our friends in Washington at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

Also the RI Community of Mindfulness now has a FaceBook page, which you might like to visit for updates and postings. If you have questions, you can contact Ann G at amski1965@yahoo.com

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The year of the Earth Dog
Lunar New Year (“Tết”), begins Feb 16th. Tết is joyously celebrated at all of our practice centers. One of the ancient traditions for Tết is posting poetic couplets around the home, and thus each year the monastics in Plum Village decide upon a set of parallel verses to post in the meditation hall and serve as a guiding theme for the new year. The link below will take you to beautiful copies of the verses for this year, in calligraphy, provided by the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation that you can print out and hang up at home:

http://thichnhathanhfoundation.org/blog/2018/2/9/2018-lunar-new-year-parallel-verses

Also, here is a talk by Thay …Enjoy!

I also want to offer my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have been sending good thoughts, prayers, cards, etc. It has been a wonderful support.

with much love and best wishes for the new year,

Joanne

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2-10-18 Sangha Update

Happy Valentine’s Day!
 
Let’s celebrate true love.
 
 
“In true love, you attain freedom.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh
 
“The object of your practice should first of all be yourself. Your love for the other, your ability to love another person, depends on your ability to love yourself.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh
 
Because if you do not understand this person, you cannot love properly. Understanding is the essence of love.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
 
“The third element of love is mudita, joy. True love always brings joy to ourselves and to the one we love. If our love does not bring joy to both of us, it is not true love.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh,
 
 
Dear Friends,
 
I hope this finds you enjoying this day and deepening your understanding and love for each other.  In this time of divisiveness it is lovely to celebrate true  love. Love is a practice. More than flowers or candy or cards….it is a wonderful time to let others know you love them. Practice deep listening and mindful speech…it’s much sweeter than candy!
 
This is just a reminder that there will be a gathering tomorrow evening at the West home (directions below) at 6 PM. there will be sitting meditation, walking meditation and sharing the teachings from Thay’s book the Miracle of Mindfulness. It should be lovely, I hope you will be able to be there.
 
I want to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers, cards and luscious food. It has been a bit of a rocky recovery, but your love and care have been deeply appreciated. Please keep up the good work!
 
Reminder – There will be a Day of Mindfulness in Franklin, MA on March 10. I hope that you will be able to join us. all the information and registration forms are available at joannefriday.com/calendar
 
Also a reminder that if you would like to be a part of the Sangha google group, so that you can communicate with other Sangha members, you can contact Cindy at 
 
Also the RI Community of Mindfulness now has a FaceBook page, which you might like to visit for updates and postings. If you have questions, you can contact Ann G at amski1965@yahoo.com
 
Here is a question and answer session with Thay in which he talks about true love… Enjoy!
 
 
And here are some Valentine hugs for you….Enjoy!
 
 
With true love and deep gratitude for all of 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)!

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