9-20-14 Sangha Update

“For us to survive, both as individuals and as a species,
we need a revolution in consciousness.
It can start with our collective awakening.”
-from Love Letter to the Earth
Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

Happy International Day of Peace and  Raising Awareness of Climate Change Day!  I hope this finds you well and happy and being peace.

REMINDER!!! CHANGE OF VENUE THIS WEEK!

This is to remind you that there will be a gathering this Sunday evening at 6 PM at the home of Robert and Monica Van Horn. (directions and info below.) There will be sitting and walking meditation and a sharing of the Dharma. Come and be peace together!

REMINDER!

Rhode Island Community of Mindfulness Picnic Saturday, Sept. 27 – 11 am to 3 pm Colt State Park, Shelter #3 The Mind Tamers are once again hosting a picnic for the entire Community of Mindfulness and their families. It will take place on Saturday, September 27 from 11 am to 3 pm at the beautiful Colt State Park at shelter #3. We will share a vegetarian potluck picnic and ask everyone to contribute games, stories, songs, poems, etc.  Sangha members are welcome to come earlier than 11 am or stay later than 3 pm, as we have reserved the shelter for the whole day. Come and enjoy the day with us!

Greater Hartford Sangha’s Fall Day of Mindfulness Saturday, October 25, 2014 Village for Families and Children, Hartford Information/registration form: http://joannefriday.com/calendar The event will include a transmission ceremony of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. Applications to receive or renew the trainings are due to Joanne by October 18, 2014. I hope you will be able to join us.

PEOPLE’S MARCH FOR CLIMATE CHANGE SEPT 21, NYC

This is being held while world leaders will be meeting at the UN to discuss climate change. It is being billed as the largest march yet to bring awareness to our responsibility for taking care of our planet. I am hopeful that this might be an indication that the “goddess of enough is enough” has arrived! For more info go to

http://peoplesclimate.org/march/ Specific info about gathering with other Sangha members in NYC see below!!!

Wonderful news! The monastics will be doing a Wake Up tour through Central America.  Our Sangha sister Laura Hopps, who lives and works for Pronica in Nicaragua has forwarded a request for support for the monastic tour. If you are able to help, please do.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vivir-despiertos-mindfulness-tour-in-latin-america

with much love, many hugs and a vision of a collective awakening for you,

Joanne

Directions to and Parking for the Van Horn Home

Address: 24 Mallory Lane Wakefield, RI 02879 Phone: 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!!!

DIRECTIONS TO JOIN FAITH GROUPS IN NYC FOR THE MARCH

From Dennis Bohn of the Rock Blossom Sangha in Brooklyn…

Many have requested information on the events in the Plum Village practice community in NYC around the Climate March.  On the day of the March, Sunday 9/21 we will gather at around 11:15 on 58th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue.  We will meet at the 9th Avenue side of the block, so that our community can gather as a sangha.  That entire block is intended for what have been called the Faith communities* including the  Buddhist Communities in NYC.   I understand someone will be holding up a large sign for the Buddhist contingent, of which we will be a subset.  There is a plan that this inter-faith group will be toward the end of the march so that many of the churches can join us after Sunday services.  While the march is scheduled to begin at 11:30, we will likely remain in that block for some time, so if you are late you will still be able to join us.

For those coming from Brooklyn, the Rock Blossom Sangha will be meeting in front of Gethsemane Church, 1012 8th Avenue (Between 10th and 11th Streets) at 10:00 AM.

It is our aspiration to participate as a practice in mindfulness, bringing peace and joy to the day and enjoying every step along the way as well nourishment from one another’s company.  We may want to practice periods of inner silence during the afternoon as well.  This person is reminded of the stories our Dear Teacher has told around agreeing to participate in a march circa 1982 to end nuclear weapons .  The recollection is that he finally agreed top participate only so long as he would be allowed to walk enjoying each step at his own slow pace :-)

“For us to survive, both as individuals and as a species, we need a revolution in consciousness. It can start with our collective awakening.”

-from Love Letter to the Earth

Sending deep lovingkindness to all beings,
dennis bohn
(True Mountain of Peace)

*Here is a list of the Faith Communities Participating, according to the Inter-Faith Group

Agnostic, GreekOrthodox, Hindu, Humanist, Indigenous/FirstPeoples, Interfaith, Islam, Jain, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Atheist, Muslim, New Thought, Pagan, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Protestant, Quaker, RussianOrthodox, Shinto, Sikh, Baptist, Spiritual-Seeker, UnitedChurchofChrist, Unitarian Universalist, Baha’i, Buddhist, Catholic, Congregationalist, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Mennonite, Reformed Church in America, Seminaries, US.Grail, Zoroastrian

 

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9-11-14 Sangha Update

The world is always turning toward the morning…
Gordon Bok

Thich Nhat Hanh offers a way out of this nightmare, a solution acceptable to rational leaders.
He has traveled the world, counseling statesmen, religious leaders, scholars and writers, and enlisting their support.
His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.
Martin Luther King in his letter nominating Thay for the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Dear Friends,

Good Morning! I hope this finds you enjoying twenty-four brand new hours. On this, the anniversary of 9/11 I also hope we will be motivated to deepen our commitment to transform the hatred, anger and violence in our consciousness so that we can be peace and help others to create peace on earth.

We will be gathering to be peace together this Sunday evening at 6 PM at the home of Cindy and John West…directions below. There will be sitting and walking meditation, discussion of the next chapter in Thay’s book “Reconciliation”, and a sharing of the Dharma. It should be a wonderful evening, I hope you will be able to attend.

SCHEDULE CHANGE!
A reminder that there has been a venue change and the third Sunday , September 21 will be at the home of Monica and Robert Van Horn. ..and the fourth Sunday, September 28 will be at our home..

There will be a gathering of Order members and Aspirants at the Bell Street Chapel in Providence on Saturday, September 20 at 10 AM. This meeting is open to OI and aspirants as well as anyone who is interested in learning more about our practice and our Order. This meeting is held right after the gathering of the Radiant Bell Sangha (8:00-9:45) All are welcome to attend that gathering as well.

Tom Duva from the CT Sangha is organizing a Day of mindfulness/OI Gathering, Saturday September 13Th, 11Am-8PM, Red Barn at Valley Falls Farm/Park, 345 Valley Falls RD, Vernon Connecticut. $10-15 donation requested. It should be lovely….for information and to register contact duvadiva@gmail.com

Saturday, Sept. 27! It’s the annual RI Community of Mindfulness picnic!
The Mind Tamers are once again organizing a picnic for the entire Community of Mindfulness. Thank you Mind Tamers! It will take place on Saturday, September 27th, 11-3 at shelter #3 in the beautiful Colt State Park. Please come and bring your friends and family. We  will share a vegetarian potluck picnic and ask everyone to contribute games, stories, songs, poems, etc. It is always a lot of fun. I hope you all will be able to be with us.

GENERATIONS SANGHA…which usually meets on the second Saturday of the month will be gathering on the fourth Saturday at Colt State Park for the Sangha Picnic instead!!! (see above for details)

PEACE WALK
This September, the Peace Flag Project and American Friends Service Committee invite you participate in a little peace walk across little Rhody as part of Peace Month. We will begin on Thursday September 11 at 9:00 am in Westerly RI with a moment of silence to reflect on the day and to prepare ourselves for the walk. There is more info below and at
There will also be a celebration and walk on the International Day of Peace, Sept 20. Information is below.

PEOPLE’S MARCH FOR CLIMATE CHANGE SEPT 21, NYC
This is being held while world leaders will be meeting at the UN to discuss climate change. It is being billed as the largest march yet to bring awareness to our responsibility for taking care of our planet. I am hopeful that this might be an indication that the “goddess of enough is enough” has arrived! For more info go to
Wonderful news! The monastics will be doing a Wake Up tour through Central America.  Our Sangha sister Laura Hopps, who lives and works for Pronica in Nicaragua has forwarded a request for support for the monastic tour. If you are able to help, please do.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vivir-despiertos-mindfulness-tour-in-latin-america


A member of our Order, Meena Srinivasan, has recently published a book called “Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness in and out of the classroom.” Those of you who are interested in bringing mindfulness to schools and children might be interested in this book.,..go to teachbreathelearn.com

I know this is a lot of information. I hope that you will not be overwhelmed, but instead be inspired to join us to practice together.

with much love and a joyful chorus of birds welcoming the morning for 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)!

PEACE WALK ACROSS RI – FROM KARINA
Little Rhody Peace March. The Great Salt March, the Flame Walk from Los Alamos to Hiroshima, the Dhammayietra through Cambodia, and Peace Pilgrim’s walk criss-crossing America are only a few of the pilgrimages for peace and justice that have inspired millions.
This September, the Peace Flag Project and American Friends Service Committee invite you participate in a little peace walk across little Rhody as part of Peace Month. We will begin on Thursday September 11 at 9:00 am in Westerly RI with a moment of silence to reflect on the day and to prepare ourselves for the walk.

Here is the schedule for the walk:
Thursday Sept. 11 we walk from Westerly to Charlestown.
Friday, Sept. 12 from Charlestown to Kingstown.
Saturday, Sept. 13 from Kingstown to North Kingstown.
Sunday, Sept. 14 from North Kingstown to Warwick.
Saturday, Sept. 20 from Warwick to Providence, where we join the meditation walk from Memorial Park (South Main st.) to the Wall of Hope (near Water Place Park).

The walkers will be accompanied by a support vehicle that will carry backpacks, bed rolls, water and food. Each day we will walk about 10-12 miles. There will be plenty of rest stops along the way and folks can always climb in the support vehicle for a bit if needed. Each night we will gather for a dinner or potluck in a host church and have time in the evening for a program or for sharing with the local community about our walk. The host church will also offer sleeping space for those who want it.

MONTH OF PEACE EVENTS!!!! from Ginny Fox
Dear friends of peace,

I hope you are all doing well. Summer seems to be quietly drawing to a close, and our Peace Month is almost here. We’re really excited about our planned events, but we need some help to (1) distribute our Month of Peace postcards all around RI and (2) find more volunteers to help out at our events. .

We have great plans for the Month of Peace — with some new events along with our traditional ones. Some highlights:

– There will be PFP workshops in the Providence Community Libraries for the fourth year in a row.

– Our Peace Art Exhibit has lots of beautiful and engaging work — by local professional artists as well as several posters by middle schoolers for the Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest. We’re will be part of Gallery Night during September. This is a first for us.
– There is a Walk Across RI for Peace and Justice, beginning on Thursday 9/11. We’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time. This year the wonderful Martha Yager and Karina Lutz have organized it! You might like to walk all of it or just a few miles.
– There will be peace flag making at four festivals this year – RiverFest (Woonsocket), Slater Mill Fall Festival, Day of Honor at RWP Zoo and the Heritage Festival. We really need more volunteers for these four events.
– Sat 9/13 RiverFest, Woonsocket 12 noon to 4:00 pm
– Sun 9/14 Day of Honor, RW Park Zoo, Providence 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
– Sun 9/14 Slater Park Fall Festival, Pawtucket 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
– Sat 9/20 Heritage Festival, Providence 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
–Our Peace Walk will be part of a whole Day of Peace events in Providence. The Heritage Festival goes from 12 noon to 5:00. Our Peace Walk is downtown from 4:00 to 6:00. FirstWorks/Art, Culture & Tourism is hosting a wonderful concert at the Skating Rink. FirstWorks/Art, Culture & Tourism is also going to promote our Peace Walk along with their concert and the Heritage festival. This is a great help for us.
– You can also check out PARK(ing) Day, Voices of Peace concert, Aurea’s Not About Heroes and more. There is a wide variety of programming. Hope you find a few you’d like to be part of.
– For those of you in South County, URI Kingston will be hosting an event on Sept 18. Please contact www.uri.edu/nonviolence to get more information. It would be great to have people from the outside community observing Peace Day with the students and faculty. There will also be an event at the Unitarian Congregation of So. County in Peace Dale on Sun 9/21.
This is the most important time of the year for us. I hope you will be able to enjoy these events — and help us distribute our postcards and to volunteer (or help us find some volunteers). Please help if you possibly can. Please think about ways you might distribute them to friends, neighbors, organizations, stores, churches, synagogues and more. Can you give them to friends or organizations to distribute them as well? Can you let me know how I might drop some off for you? I’d really appreciate it.
September is a time for those of us in our little state to focus on peace and celebrate peace, and to help to bring each of our circles and communities to those celebrations. We are the only state to have a state-wide, extended observation of the UN International Day of Peace. Lots of people have worked hard to make this all happen, and you can help us make it even better. We appreciate whatever you can do.
Peace and love, Ginny
Peace is not something you wish for;
it’s something you make,
something you do, something you are,
and something you give away.
Robert Fulghum

 

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