7-19-17 Update, change of venue, prayer request, film info PLEASE READ!

We are walking in the footsteps of a wonderful teacher with boundless gratitude….

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you enjoying this bright summer day.
I have been getting inundated with emails and news….so please excuse the length and read all of this.

First, we will be gathering this coming Sunday at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd, Wakefield, RI
The Van Horn’s are unable to host the 4th Sunday this month. We will enjoy sitting, walking (our construction is done…so outdoors weather permitting) I will offer a talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.
The following letter is from Denise Nguyen, Director of the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation.

There is very good news. The film, Walk With Me, about Plum Village and Thay is now being distributed. There are showings in three big cities and all of the Sanghas are being invited to help to widen the distribution…as well as enjoy the screening. I am sending this information from Denise Nguyen. There are some folks already signed up for the webinar….about how best to do this….if you are interested, all of the info is below.

At our last gathering, Ann G suggested that we might want to do this as part of our 25th anniversary celebration…. !!!
If you have questions or would like to help Ann, she is at Amski1965@yahoo.com

From Denise:
Dear Sangha,

Hopefully by now you’ve heard the wonderful news the “Walk With Me” documentary will begin its theatrical release in August in the United States (see email below). The moment has come to realize Thay’s vision of turning cinemas into meditation halls.

For those of you who live in the three select cities (San Francisco, Boulder, and New York City) where the film will have its initial release, please help galvanize the community to sell out those screenings. For those who live in other cities, come learn at the free webinar on Saturday, July 22nd at 10am PT how you can bring the film to a local theater near you.

The box office numbers and your attendance at the webinar will help send a “clear and complete” message. The more we can demonstrate to the US film distributor and theaters there is a receptive and interested audience for the film, the more money and time will be invested to expand the reach of this film and thus Thay’s teachings and practices.

I hope to see you at the webinar this Saturday!

With gratitude and smiles,

Denise
True Moon Lamp

Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation

 

Bring “Walk With Me” to a Movie Theatre Near You

The moment has finally come!

“Walk With Me” officially opens to the public on August 11th at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Francisco Bay Area where the film will run for a week. The following week, it will be released in New York City at The Rubin Museum on August 18th and in Boulder, Colorado at the Dairy Center for the Arts on August 18th. Tickets for these premieres will be available soon.

Excited about the release but worried that the film might not come to your town? If you are not in one of the three cities listed above, you’ll still have the opportunity to see Thay in movie theaters nationwide. Beginning on Tuesday September 12th, anyone will be able to host a screening of “Walk With Me” in their city.

Thanks to the Theatrical On Demand® pioneered by Gathr Films, you have the power to bring Thay’s teachings of healing and compassion to your local theater (available only for cinemas in USA).

Join the “Walk With Me” directors, Marc J. Francis and Max Pugh, Gathr Films, and the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation for a free webinar on Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 at 10:00am PST/ 1:00pm EST to learn more. We’ll give you an update about the film and show you concrete steps to ensure “Walk With Me” comes to your local community, no matter where you live in the USA. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions and even watch an exclusive, never-before-seen video clip from the film.

This film is an invitation for a meditation. It is an experience, and the full meaning and value of this film can only be experienced in a high quality cinema with a big screen, great sound, and large audience. The more people in the room the better, as the collective energy creates an unforgettable experience for all who bear witness. Without these elements in place, the depth of the film would be lost.

This is why we are so passionate about the cinema experience. With your active participation in setting up “Walk With Me” screenings, the film could potentially play in hundreds of movie theaters, spreading the message of peace and interconnectedness across the nation.

More than ever, we need a film like this.

Learn how to bring this powerful message to others:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/647a2e8298b14507d746f627e8486654

you can watch the trailer at

 

PRAYER REQUEST

Many of you know Judith Stevens, she is a dear friend, long time practitioner with the Earth Holders in CT, and an Order member. She has had some serious difficulties with her eyesight and has had several surgeries..she will be having yet another tomorrow morning and she asks for our prayers. Please hold her in your hearts and send metta. You can send love in a number of ways…jestevens2015@gmail.com
(large font please) there is more information below.

Please also send me some prayers tomorrow…I will be having some testing done at Sloan Kettering…again…envision clarity.
I would like to get an all clear! Thank you in advance.

STUDY OPPORTUNITY
The Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation is also offering a Book Club….There are supporting materials for the books, “The Sun My Heart” and “One Buddha is Not Enough” at https://www.thichnhathanhfoundation.org/bookclub . Enjoy!

The monastics are trying to get the monastery in shape for the large monastic retreat at the end of August. If you are able to help,

HELP AT BLUE CLIFF MONASTERY

Dear friends,

I have returned to Blue Cliff for the summer.

The monastery would like you to please announce the following options for staying at the monastery for free in exchange for a few hours of work each day.

Hopefully i will enjoy seeing you and practicing with your sangha sometime soon this summer.

Cheers,

Michael Donenfeld

https://www.bluecliffmonastery.org/schedule-of-events/2017/7/15/mindful-work-days-at-blue-cliff-monastery

 

We have all kinds of wonderful opportunities. I hope I will be able to be with you for them.

In the meantime, Breathe, Smile and go Slowly.

 

with much love,

Joanne

 

INFORMATION ABOUT JUDITH STEVENS….

 

Dear Friends,

As some of you already know, Judith Stevens, a beloved member and practitioner in our OI community as well as several sanghas, has been having great difficulties with her eyes. She is now dealing with serious eye infections, which are being treated with antibiotic eyedrops AND she is scheduled for surgery on July 20th to have a corneal transplant. She is, at the same time, also dealing with a number of other medical issues, including dizziness, which is hitting her quite hard right now.

Judith is requesting our support, especially through our prayers. Kindly keep Judith in your loving, healing prayers throughout this next month as she prepares for the eye surgery on July 20th and as she heals post surgery. Kindly pass this on in your sanghas for all those who would like to support her in whatever way feels best. And kindly forward this on to others, especially any religious/spiritual prayer groups you may know of.

In case you feel drawn to send Judith some mail, below is her address. Kindly write in large letters. Many thanks for your kindness, Annie

Judith Stevens
798-D Heritage Village
Southbury, CT
06488

 

THIS IS WHAT I KNOW AS OF THIS MORNING:
I WILL BE AT THE NVSC IN WATERBURY AT 6:45 A.M. Tomorrow
TRISH, MY DAUGHTER, WILL BE WITH ME THROUGHOUT
THE PROCEDURE.

TRISH WILL TAKE ME TO RIVER GLEN REHAB ON SO. BRITAIN RD.
IN SOUTHBURY, CT FOLLOWING SURGERY. NOT SURE HOW MANY
DAYS I WILL BE THERE. PERHAPS TO SUNDAY, OR INTO MONDAY.

DOCS ARE: JOEL GEFFIN, MD OF THE EYE CARE GROUP (FOUR LOCATIONS)
K. RIHANI, MD, DR. FERNANDEZ; AND CASEY OTT, MD OF WESTERN CT MEDICAL
GROUP ARE THE INTERNAL MED. GP PHYSICIANS.

RIVER GLEN HAS ALL THE DETAILS AND I WILL BRING MY PHONE FOR YOUR
PERSONAL CALLS: 1-203-253-1658.

ANNIE CAN ACCESS INFO FROM MORNING SUN THROUGH TEXTS; XIMENA AS WELL.

PLEASE SEND METTA, LOVING KINDNESS, PRAYERS ETC. TO ALL STAFF, CAREGIVERS,
SURGEONS, MEDICAL PERSONNEL.
TODAY IS A LAZY DAY WITH ONLY ONE APPOINTMENT WITH THE SURGEON.

HUGS, JUDITH

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7-14-15 Sangha Update

Sunset….what a planet!

“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them.”
― Jo Walton

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

“The first stab of love is like a sunset, a blaze of color — oranges, pearly pinks, vibrant purples…”
― Anna Godbersen

“If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.”
― G.K. Chesterton

“They ran to the museums for paintings. I ran to the roof for sunsets”
― Darnell Lamont Walker

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and happy and enjoying this cool summer day…

We will be gathering Sunday evening at our home at 725 Matunuck School House Rd. We are under construction, so you will have to excuse our appearance…and also be mindful! We will enjoy sitting/walking /sitting meditation, I will offer a short talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to join us to spend a summer evening being joyfully together.

Practice Opportunities…

There is a Book Club being sponsored by the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation…which is a wonderful resource. One of my favorite books is “The Sun, My Heart” which was a follow up book to “The Miracle of Mindfulness” with teachings by Brother Phap Hai and questions for reflection. The present book that is being studied is “One Buddha is Not Enough” The first three chapters have been completed, the videos, questions for reflection and quotes are available at this link….
https://www.thichnhathanhfoundation.org/bookclub

WORK WEEKENDS AT BLUE CLIFF TO PREPARE FOR THE AUGUST RETREAT

The monastics have invited lay people to come for work weekends to help prepare the monastery for the large August retreat.
If you are interested in helping in this way, I have included the information below OR GO TO https://www.bluecliffmonastery.org/schedule-of-events

CAPE RETREAT FULL.
I wanted to let you know that the Cape Sangha Retreat on Cape Cod is full. There is a waiting list in the case of cancellations.

PRAYER REQUESTS

Please continue to hold Eva, dorandecker@gmail.com, and Sandy sandralaub08@gmail.com in your metta. Both have children who are very ill. Eva’s son and Sandy’s daughter. Please keep them all in your hearts and prayers.

ENGAGED PRACTICE

There is a national conference of Governors taking place in Providence right now. This is a time to let them know that you care…if you are so inclined. There is information about a Climate Change rally that will happen Saturday from 12:15-1:30 below. Some from the Sangha will be there with the RI Community of Mindfulness banner…which can help folks gather. Ann G is offering to help with car going for those interested. info below or email amski1965@yahoo.com 401-529-7647

Remember you can communicate directly with the Sangha…sending prayer requests, announcements or other requests, and getting announcements about engaged practice opportunities..by signing up to be a part of the google group. Cindy oversees that list…so if you want to get connected, please contact Cindy at westnest5@verizon.net

Remember that no matter what, we must water some seeds of joy…one thing that does it for me is watching hummingbirds at our feeder….This whole planet is a miracle!!!! enjoy!

 

Hummingbird Builds Tiny Nest

 

with much love and many hugs for you,
Joanne

RALLY INFORMATION

Saturday July 15th – 12:15pm – 1:30pm
Rally for Action on Climate Change at Governors’ Meeting
Rhode Island Convention Center
1 Sabin St
Providence, RI 02903 Map
Calling all New Englanders concerned about the environment and climate change!

On July 15, over 30 U.S. governors will be meeting at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. They’re having a session on “Resiliency and Flood Prevention” that morning, and closing with a speech on innovation by Tesla/Solar City chairman Elon Musk that afternoon.

With the national media spotlight on Rhode Island and environmental issues, the people’s voice needs to be heard, too.

Please join us for a peaceful rally outside the meeting venue to raise our voice: WE DEMAND URGENT ACTION TO REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS. Governors must lead their states to:

* Plan an aggressive transition to 100% renewable energy by 2035;
* Adopt carbon dividends to reward conservation;
* Ban fracking and new fossil fuel infrastructure, including the power plant in northwestern RI and the liquefaction plant in Providence;
* Support climate research, energy innovation, land preservation, and green jobs for a sustainable future.

Rally location: We’ll meet at the corner of Sabin Street and Matthewson Street, across the street from the Rhode Island Convention Center. We have permission to use this location, and it is highly visible to the media, the participants and passers-by.

Rally time and schedule: We will gather at 12:15pm with a rally, speakers program and music from 12:30pm to 1:30pm.

Organizers: Climate Action RI

Endorsers include:
Environment Council of Rhode Island – ECRI
Rhode Island Sierra Club
No LNG in PVD
Resist Hate RI
Indivisible RI
Our Revolution – RI Chapter
People’s Power & Light
Energize Rhode Island Coalition
Clean Water Action Rhode Island
Fossil Free RI
No DAPL RI
Keep Rhode Island Beautiful
Sisters of Mercy Ecology
Green Party of Rhode Island
Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America

Website for additional information and to stream is
www.nga.org/cms/SummerMeeting2017..

CAR POOL INFO FROM ANN G (THANK YOU ANN!)
Dear Friends,

After communicating with Linda after receiving some information from Joanne, I replied to the Clear Heart Sangha Google group that we will be carpooling to the Climate March Rally tomorrow. Linda may bike, or drive, and I will drive. Linda, who knows Providence (I don’t), though this was best.

Does anyone have any other suggestions? Is anyone else planning to go?

I asked anyone interested from the Clear Heart Sangha to arrive at and be ready to leave Bell St by noon, and offered my phone number. I promised an update to the Google group in case anything changes.

I thought I would share this in case anyone else is interested in inviting their Sangha’s Google group. I am happy also to send any updates as needed.

With love and a grateful bow,
Ann Galkowski amski1965@yahoo.com 401-529-7647

WORK WEEKENDS AT BLUE CLIFF
Dear Friends,
As we prepare for our Tour Retreat, Awakening Together, Healing the Ancestral Heart, we we see a number of projects that we would love to help manifest.
WHEN? The Monastics of Blue Cliff Monastery invite you to lend a helping hand on 2 Saturdays in July: July 15 and July 29 and 2 weeks in August: August 1-14. There will be a light practice schedule and two work sessions each day.
WHAT? We will be cleaning and organizing our storage areas. We will put together tents, bunk beds, repaint decks, fences and bridges around the pond, cut grass, clear the forest among other things. There will be a group of monastics and long term friends leading the way and working with you.
Your skills in carpentry, electricity and plumbing are greatly appreciated. Please let us know if you have these skills so that we can organize the work better.
SCHEDULE? This is our schedule for the community work days:
9:00 am: Gather at the Sisters Dining Hall, Snack break, end morning session at noon
12:30 pm: Lunch
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm: continue our working meditation
6:00 pm: Lazy dinner
From the period from August 1 to August 14 please notice that there will be no Days of Mindfulness. The work schedule remains the same for these first 2 weeks in August. On Thursdays and Sundays there will be 1 work session in the morning so that we can rest in the afternoon. Monday the 7 th and 14 th of August will remain lazy days.
REGISTRATION? If you are planning to come for the whole day, or just part of the day, please email
office@bluecliffmonastery.org and let us know the dates and times you will be here. You can also call 845-213-1782 . This will help us better prepare for food.

If you are planning to stay overnight, for those who need to travel a distance to join us, please register below.

https://bluecliff.squarespace.com/retreat-registration?feedback_url=https%3A%2F%2Fbluecliff.squarespace.com%2Fretreat-registration&mode=reserve&planyo_lang=en&calendar=16214&prefill=true&resource_id=%2084578%20&one_date=&start_time=&end_time=&prop_res_gps_coords=

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