11-15-14 Sangha Update

photo by Thai Phuc Nguyen

“I have arrived, I am home” is the shortest Dharma Talk I have ever given. ”I have arrived, I am home” means “I don’t want to run anymore.” You need that insight in order to be truly established in the here and now, and to embrace life with all its wonders.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Dear Friends,

I hope you are well and enjoying these bright fall days and embracing life with all its wonders.

This is a reminder that we will be gathering at our home tomorrow at 3 PM for a vegetarian Thanksgiving potluck. If you are moved to, please bring songs, music, poems,  etc, to share.  If you are able to join us for dinner please RSVP so we can arrange the space and set up.

We will have our regular mid month gathering immediately following at 6 PM. We will offer a ceremony for the sick for Thay, I will give a brief talk and we will share the Dharma. I hope you will be able to be with us.

PRAYER REQUESTS Please continue to keep Thay in your prayers and meditations. There have not been more updates since my last mailing. I will keep you updated as more news arrives. They did send out an announcement that he is receiving no visitors at the hospital.  There is a beautiful clip from a talk he gave on Fear of Death on Youtube   It is only a couple of minutes long  but says a great deal you can find it at…. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54aRrJWl_PI

Please also send lots of love to our dear friends Sue and Roger Morgan. Their beautiful grandson, Orion, died at age 16 on Monday. He was an extraordinary young man. Please hold him and Sue and Roger and his whole family in your hearts. Here is the beautiful photo and note that Sue posted. You can send love to her at sstrongmorgan@gmail.com.

“What a blessing to share 16 years with this boy. Thank you all for your messages; they mean so much. Hug your loved ones and tell them how much you love them.”

Also a reminder to SAVE THE DATE! The RI Community of Mindfulness is planning another retreat at Camp Aldersgate for this spring from May 15-19. If you have suggestions for a topic for  the focus of our retreat please send them to Ann M at   goldmoore41@gmail.com  I understand that I made a typo in Ann’s address the last time and all of your good ideas were getting bounced back. I apologize. Please don’t be discouraged and try again!

I do hope you can be with us tomorrow.
with much love, many hugs and the deep peace of a crisp fall night for you,
Joanne

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11-8-14 Sangha Update

Another thing to be thankful for!

“Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable…
the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street…
by a gusty wind, and the gabble of a flock of migrating geese.”
― Hal Borland

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all well and happy and enjoying these crisp autumn days.

This is just a reminder that there will be a gathering at the home of Cindy and John West tomorrow evening at 6 PM.(directions below) There will be sitting and walking meditation, a reading from Thay’s book on Reconciliation and a sharing of the Dharma. Cindy will facilitate and it should be a lovely evening. I hope you can make it.

Also, please remember that there will be a THANKSGIVING VEGETARIAN POTLUCK at our home next Sunday, the 16th.  We will gather at 3 PM to set up the dinner. Please bring  songs, poems, music that you love to share. We can celebrate all that we have to be grateful for. This will be before our regular sitting at 6 PM. I hope you will be able to join us for all or part of the day.

Please also remember that there will be an OI/Aspirant  gathering at the Bell Street Chapel in Providence at 10 AM next Saturday, the 15th. We will have a recitation of the Fourteen Trainings and share the Dharma. We have been reading Thay’s book, “One Buddha is Not Enough” and will share our thoughts on that…We will also be talking about our practice for the upcoming winter retreat..(.It will be beginning at the monasteries on that Saturday! ) This meeting is open to Order members and Aspirants and anyone who would like to deepen their practice and learn more about our Order. This meeting will follow a meeting of the Radiant Bell Sangha which meets from 8-9:45.  All are welcome to attend the Sangha before our gathering if you would like to create a half day of mindfulness for yourself! I hope you can be with us.

Please remember that Thay’s talks are available at TNHaudio.org…and on youtube! Also Blue Cliff offers holiday retreats…check the websites.

I hope that you can be with us for some or all of the above and in the meantime, I hope you will be enjoying every moment.

as Mary Oliver says so beautifully in her poem Wild Geese….
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

May we all realize our interbeing with the whole family of things and be at peace.

with much love, many hugs and much gratitude 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)!

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