7-26-14 Sangha Update

“Nobody sees a flower – really -
it is so small it takes time -
we haven’t time -
and to see takes time,
like to have a friend takes time.”
“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–
what more could he ask?
A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
Dear Friends,

I hope that you are well and remembering that we already have all of the conditions for happiness….a few flowers at our feet and above us the stars!

This is just a reminder that there will be a gathering at the home of the Van Horn’s on Sunday evening at 6 PM
(information and directions are below) There will be sitting and walking meditation, a talk and a sharing of the Dharma.I hope you will be able to be there.

Also please remember…
There are many wonderful retreats being offered by the Brothers and Sisters at Blue Cliff Monastery. Please go tobluecliffmonastery.org to learn about them.

Please save 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 at shelter #3 in the beautiful Colt State Park. 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. (I will pass on more info as I receive it)
The New London Sangha is planning a 2 day retreat for the 18th and 19th of October….save the weekend! More info to follow!

I hope you can join us for some or all of the above and in the meantime, I hope you are enjoying all of the miracles this beautiful season has to offer.

with much love and the time to see the flowers and be with friends 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!!!

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7-21-14 Taming Tomorrow

The bud
stands for all things,
even for those things that don’t flower,
for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing;
though sometimes it is necessary
to reteach a thing its loveliness,
to put a hand on the brow
of the flower
and retell it in words and in touch
it is lovely
until it flowers again from within, of self-blessing;
from St. Francis and the Sow
by
Galway Kinnell
Dear Friends,
I hope this finds all of you well and happy and flowering beautifully from within, of self-blessing.

I wanted to thank all of you who attended our gathering today at the Bell Street Chapel. It was so wonderful to see so many who have experienced the fruits of our practice and want to share it with others. It was also wonderful to learn so much from all of you. We shared our ideas  and what we have learned from our experiences with facilitation. We will be working together to bring what was shared into a document that will be shared with the whole Sangha, and hopefully be of help to those who would like some support. A  deep bow of gratitude for all of you who were so generous with your time and ideas. The Sangha wisdom is a wonderful thing!
This is a reminder that there will be a gathering tomorrow evening at Sts. Matthew and Mark Church in West Barrington.  We will enjoy sitting meditation / walking meditation, I will give a short talk about the ways the Buddha has offered us to nourish ourselves no matter how difficult our situation – to reteach ourselves our loveliness!  Then we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.

I want to thank all of you for your prayers while I have been going through a very challenging time these last 6 weeks with my father. All of your love has been deeply appreciated.

There are many wonderful retreats being offered by the Brothers and Sisters at Blue Cliff Monastery. Please go tobluecliffmonastery.org to learn about them.

Please save 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 at shelter #3 in the beautiful Colt State Park. 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. (I will pass on more info as I receive it)
I am looking forward to being with you tomorrow and in the meantime, I hope you will be blooming beautifully.

with much love and the wisdom and energy of a flower bud for you,
Joanne

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