9-14-17 Sunday at the West’s

Walk With Us!

 

Dear Friends,

This is just a brief note to remind you that this coming Sunday…our gathering will be at the home of Cindy and John West.
There will be sitting/ walking in the garden (weather permitting) / and sitting. We will continue to look at the teachings in the book “Silence” and share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be there.

I am happy to announce that our second screening of “Walk With Me” is


SOLD OUT!
I hope that all of you who wanted to join us were able to get tickets. I will send out more news next week.

It has been so interesting to experience the outbreaks of hatred and violence that have been on the rise in our country and then to witness in the midst of the natural disasters that have occurred the bodhicitta that arises in the hearts of folks from every race, creed, etc. Humans helping humans – often at the risk of their own lives, never stopping to inquire what faith tradition one observes, etc. We all do have Buddha nature…it would just be lovely if it did not take a crisis to uncover it in us!

Thomas Merton stated this beautifully….

“Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy.”

Right now we need to hold all those responders and all those who are in the paths of the storms and fires all around the world and those who have already experienced the ravages of them in our hearts and prayers.

May all beings be safe.
May all beings awaken to our true nature of interbeing.
May all beings love and be loved.

with much love and gratitude for interbeing with 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)!

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 9-14-17 Sunday at the West’s

9-8-17 Sangha Update and a second showing of “Walk With Me” Oct 1 at 4 PM

Kwan Yin
The Bodhisattva of Compassion
who practices deep listening and hears the suffering of the world.
She rides the waves of birth and death fearlessly.
We invoke her to have the energy of compassion fill all of our hearts in these tumultuous times.

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
Mother Teresa

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.”
Albert Einstein

 

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and happy and and being motivated by compassion to help as you enjoy this absolutely magnificent day.

We are very grateful that this Sunday we will be able to gather and deepen our practice together. I will be offering a retreat next weekend, so Cindy and John were kind enough to offer to trade weeks and host on the third Sunday and we will host at our home this coming Sunday at 6 PM. We will enjoy sitting/walking/sitting meditation, I will offer a talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us. Our dear friends, Sue and Roger Morgan who used to host one of our meetings, will be visiting from CA and are planning to be with us! What a delight!

Also, for those of you who were not able to get tickets to the “Walk With Me” film because it got sold out….
A SECOND SHOWING!!!!

The RI Community of Mindfulness, as part of our 25th anniversary celebration, is happy to announce that the 1:00 showing of Walk With Me is sold out so the Cable Car has been kind enough to offer a second showing at 4 PM on October 1. Click http://gathr.us/screening/21125 to reserve your tickets!

The first show is at 1, after that show, at 3 PM we will enjoy a walking meditation along the river and be back by 4 in time for the second show. So those attending each show will be able to join us for the walk if they wish.

I hope that you will be able to be with us for this event.

As always, it is necessary to water some seeds of joy so that we can expand our capacity to help alleviate some suffering in this world…..enjoy!

The wisdom of children…..

This is a delightful view of Thay having fun!

I hope that you are able to be with us soon….and in the meantime,
we need to hold all those in the paths of the storms and fires all around the world and those who have already experienced the ravages of them in our hearts and prayers.

May all beings be safe.
May all beings awaken to our true nature of interbeing.

with much love and many blessings,
Joanne

Some organizations that are helping – along with the well known ones….I found this article helpful….

Direct Relief directrelief.org

Founded in 1948, Direct Relief is California’s largest international humanitarian nonprofit organization. Direct Relief provides medical assistance to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty and disaster – at home and throughout the world. Since 2000, Direct Relief has responded to a wide range of urgent and ongoing health emergencies, by providing more than $3.4 billion in essential material resources – medicines, supplies and equipment, including more than $500 million in assistance in the United States

 

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 9-8-17 Sangha Update and a second showing of “Walk With Me” Oct 1 at 4 PM