3-18-17 Sangha Update

Spring is coming! 
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;  
 
BY GALWAY KINNELL – St Francis and the Sow
 
“Hope is the thing with feathers 
That perches in the soul 
And sings the tune without the words 
And never stops at all.” 
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. 
When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”
― Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist
 
 

Dear Friends,

 
I hope you are all well, blooming beautifully from within and being peace in the midst of the storms.
 
There will be a gathering of the Sangha tomorrow evening at 6 PM at our home at 725 Matunuck Schooll House Rd. in Wakefield. We will enjoy sitting meditation, I will offer a talk about taking refuge and we will share the Dharma. 
I hope that you will be able to be with us. 
 
We have lots of opportunities for practice coming up. 
 
A Day of Mindfulness in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh 
with Dharma Teacher Joanne Friday
True Refuge and Stability in Turbulent Times
Saturday, March 25,2017 9:30 AM ~ 4:30 PM
First Universalist Society of Franklin
262 Chestnut St. Franklin, MA
Download the registration form: joannefriday.com/calendar
Registration is open for the Aldersgate Retreat which will be held fromMay 19-23 . This is a lovely opportunity to deepen our practice together in a beautiful setting. I hope you will be able to join us…  Registration forms and info are available at joannefriday.com/calendar. Also, there are scholarships available, so please do not let that be a hindrance.
 
ENGAGED PRACTICE
I know that I have heard from many who are concerned about things that are happening in our country.  Whatever your concerns or views…it is important to be well informed and to  share them with those who can do something to address them.  You might like to contact your  representatives and their contact info is available at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
Sen. Jack Reed  (202) 224-4642
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse  (202) 224-2921
Rep. James Langevin 202-225-2735
Rep. David Ciccilini  202-225-4911
I have included some information below about some of the pending legislation that might be of some interest and about which you might like to make a call or write a love letter to your representatives.
 
 The 19 agencies that the administration’s budget will eliminate are clearly described in this article
with all that is going on, it is critically important that we remember to breathe
 
And of course it is always important to water seeds of joy….
There is a wonderful new documentary film about Thay and Plum Village being premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival. You can see the beautiful trailer here….
 
 
Enjoy!
 
with much love and warm wishes on a snow covered morning for you,
Joanne
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3-10-17 Sangha Update

Spring is coming !?!

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

You are the sky; everything else is just weather.
Pema

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying this snow-covered evening. Even under cover of snow, please remember that spring is, in fact,  on it’s way and we all need to help our clocks spring ahead this Saturday night! Change Your Clocks!!!!

This is also a reminder that there will be a gathering on Sunday evening at 6 PM at the home of Cindy and John West..The directions are below. There will be sitting and walking meditation,

we will continue to read from Thay’s book on Silence. Cindy is in Vietnam with her mother doing volunteer work ( and you can help from here!….see below****) and traveling, so others in the Sangha will be facilitating and we will share the Dharma. I hope you can be there.

****The organization for which they are volunteering is one that a  friend of theirs from Wakefield created to help girls in Vietnam get bikes and helmets. They are trying to win a year -long funding from the Global Giving girl Fund and they get credit for every $10 donation. Please help if you are able …THE DEADLINE IS MARCH 15!!!

.and if you would like to help in another way please  pass on the link to your friends.

We are having the Generations Sangha  tomorrow at the Westminster Unitarian Church in East Greenwich from 10 AM to 11:30. From 11:30-12 we share snacks and fellowship. We will be focusing on Interbeing….”Your Happiness is My Happiness”.This is open to people of all ages.  We enjoy songs, stories, sitting and breathing and being joyfully together.  Padma will be offering a story and working with the children…I will be meeting with the adults. We are asking folks to bring a good used or new book that they would like to give away.. The children will be creating bookplates with messages like”We love to read and hope you do to”….and Padma’s friend is collecting them to be sent to a group in Indonesia. What fun! If you can join us, please do!

We have lots of opportunities for practice coming up.

Registration is open for the Aldersgate Retreat which will be held from May 19-23 . This is a lovely opportunity to deepen our practice together in a beautiful setting. I hope you will be able to join us… and  if you register before March 15 you can get the Early Bird Discount. Registration forms and info are available at joannefriday.com/calendar. Also, there are scholarships available, so please do not let that be a hindrance.

Also, Ann Moore is offering a morning sitting at her home every Thursday from 8-9:30 AM  at 7 East Grand Street in  Stonington Boro, CT…just over the border. For info please call Ann at

860-535-0430 between 7 AM and 7 PM.

ENGAGED PRACTICE

I know that I have heard from many who are concerned about things that are happening in our country.

Whatever your concerns or views…it is important to share them with those who can do something to address them.

You might like to contact your  representatives and their contact info is available at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

A wonderful teaching from the Pope on generosity…

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/03/opinion/the-pope-on-panhandling-give-without-worry.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0

And of course it is always important to water seeds of joy….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQrRm0CoQ1A

Enjoy!

with much love and warm wishes on a chilly night 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)!

INFORMATION FROM CINDY ABOUT HELPING GIRLS IN VIETNAM.

My mom and I are currently in Vietnam for 3 weeks.  We are both exploring/traveling, as well as volunteering.  Tomorrow we are headed up to an area called Cam Duc to help at an  NGO organization that a friend of mine started and runs single handedly from Wakefield.  She funds 3 part time staff in Vietnam to run the art and music program for 50 or so 5-12 yr olds in this impoverished area.

She also created a bikes for girls program which has won the acclaim of a national funding organization. This organization is putting on a contest….

all the rest of the info is below…..

Email about contest that I have been sending out:

My daughters and I run a small non-profit called Rock-Paper-Scissors Children’s Fund to support poor, underprivileged girls in Vietnam by providing them with new bikes, helmets, free bike repair, and school materials. My daughters, both of whom are adopted from Vietnam, and I live in Wakefield and started this program about three years ago—and so far we have given 800 girls new bikes!

 

This is where we need your help!  We recently entered into a competition to win a year-long funding called the Global Giving Girl Fund. In order to win we have to get as many $10 donations as we possibly can before March 15th!

 

We need all of you who love bikes like us, to help us win this contest with the chance to support 100’s of girls who cannot afford a bike with new bikes!

 

Here is the link to our project page and to donate $10: https://goto.gg/13980

 

Go here to read about us on our website: http://www.rockpaperscissorschildrensfund.org/bikes-for-girls

 

Thank you everyone!

Sara Stevens Nerone

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