10-19-16 Sangha Update


Peace is Every Step!!

The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.
— Black Elk (1863-1950)


Peace, in the sense of the absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.
— The XIVth Dalai Lama


One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but that it is a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must pursue peaceful ends through peaceful means.
— Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)


If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
— Mother Theresa (1910-1997)


“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and happy and enjoying this beautiful summer like day.

I wanted to thank all of you who were able to be together here on Sunday evening. It is so nourishing to be able 
to come together and be peace.

There will be a gathering this coming Sunday at the Van Horn home. (directions below.)
There will be sitting/walking/sitting meditation and a sharing of the Dharma. I hope you will 
be ale to be there. 

It is wonderful that a dozen of the members of our RI Community of Mindfulness will be able to attend the Facilitators Retreat at Blue Cliff this week. This will be so good for the larger Sangha. When we all return we will look together at organizing a gathering where we can share what we have learned.

Speaking of which….it is past time to have a Care Taking meeting for the Clear Heart Sangha. I have created a doodle poll with times during the first week in November to see which date might work for most. Please consider supporting the sangha and please fill out the poll for us. http://doodle.com/poll/hff72nsqih6eik5c

Kate O Kula has already volunteered to serve by helping to create a hands-on work of justice group for the sangha. If you are interested in helping Kate with this wonderful project or learning more about it you can contact Kate at , ktokula@verizon.net  Thank you,Kate!

There is an upcoming Day of Mindfulness  in West Hartford on SaturdayOct 29  – How to be Peace in a Chaotic World. If you are planning to attend, please let me know. We have had a couple of folks looking to ride share.

Linda L had shared at our meeting about a Tibetan teacher who will be coming to URI. Her info is below.
We have so many opportunities to deepen our understanding and wake up…. I played a brief clip of an interview where Thay was being interviewed by a Physicist about consciousness and whether there are beings who are more conscious than others. It is such a beautiful teaching on non-discrimination and interbeing. For those who were not able to be here and for those who were and would like to hear it again….Enjoy!    https://www.facebook.com/joanne.friday.98
with much love and lots and lots of gratitude for you,

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.
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.

How To Be at Peace in a Chaotic World:
Deep Listening and Mindful Speech
A Day of Mindfulness
in the Tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh
with Dharma Teacher Joanne Friday
Featuring a Dharma Talk, a Q&A, and
Sitting, Walking and Eating Meditation
Saturday, Oct.29, 2016 
Check In – 9:30 a.m. / DOM – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Village for Families and Children
1680 Albany Avenue, Hartford CT
Directions at 
A Dana [donation] basket will be available for the teacher.
 A vegetarian lunch will be provided.
Questions: Please contact:
Sylvia Gingras-Baker at 860-769-7334 – abnersyl@comcast.net 

Space is limited to 70 people and preregistration is required.
 Please send the form below with a check for $20 by Oct. 19 to:
Lynn Swanson, 869 Farmington Ave. #107, West Hartford CT 06119 
Please make checks payable to: Lynn Swanson

Name: ______________________   Email: __________________________
Street Address: ________________________   Phone: ________________
City/State/Zip _________________________________________________

The URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies is sponsoring a Tibetan Buddhist Teacher from Nov. 18 – 20, 2016.
He will be here Friday Nov 18th at the Kingston Free LIibrary to talk and sign books (this is a free event).  On Saturday and Sunday (Nov 19 and 20th) he will be at the URI multicultural center from 10 – 4 to discuss “Taming the mind to find peace within”.  The cost is $90.00 for both days or you can go to just one.  You can register online by going to the URI web cite and search for Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies.


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