First Unitarian Buddhist Fellowship is a growing practice community that welcomes people of all faith traditions. Unitarian Universalist (UU) experience with Buddhism has a long history that is rich and varied. Both traditions honor the beliefs people hold based on their own experiences and understandings. In neither tradition will anyone tell you what you ought to believe. Lama Surya Das writes about our shared values in Buddhist Voices in Unitarian Universalism.
The First Unitarian Buddhist Fellowship offers opportunities for ongoing meditation, retreats, study, and discussion to support mindful engagement in our personal life, church community and the world.
Contact: Jan Cook
Turning Inward: Listening to Our Deepest Selves
Between Sunday Services from 10:40-11:00am, September-May
The First Unitarian Buddhist Fellowship will be sponsoring an ongoing opportunity for people to take some silent interfaith time together for contemplation and reflection. We will gather in the Thoreau Room, sharing silence as we listen to the voices of our hearts.
Contact: John Solberg
Cost: $1 per session
Vipassana, from the Buddhist tradition, is a simple form of mindfulness and breath awareness. You need not be familiar with Buddhism or sit on the floor! Benches, bolsters, and pillows are provided. Participants take part in a 40-minute meditation that may involve sitting and/or walking. This is followed by a closing and then a time for discussion. All are welcome. We meet every Monday night except for national holidays when the building would be closed.
Contact: Gail Wilder
Meditation Classes with Jan Cook
Three times a year, ordained Dharma Teacher Jan Cook offers classes and practice sessions, for our growing meditation practice community. She is ordained in a Tibetan lineage, but embraces all paths as foundation for her teaching. Jan offers Beginning, Deepening and Ongoing Meditation classes.
For the current schedule, rates and registration, contact Carolyn Steinkirchner at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 585-381-6757. To contact Jan Cook directly, call 585-381-6757 or email email@example.com.
Buddhist Study Group
Weekly meetings involve a brief check-in, meditation, and study of Buddhist philosophy and practice. The bulk of the meeting is devoted to a detailed discussion based on a Buddhist book chosen by the group. Discussion often involves personal life reflections. The group spends about two months studying one Buddhist book. Please contact the facilitator for more information.
Contact: Hugh Mitchell
Buddhist Study Group
2nd Monday: 7:00-9:00pm
Our gathering consists of a check-in, short meditation, and book discussion as we try to relate Buddhist principles to our daily lives and spiritual journeys. The group chooses books together based on our common interests in Buddhism and our spiritual work.
Contacts: Eric Bellman