Buddhism 101 Course. Learn about the Buddhist path from the ground up. Who was the Buddha and his disciples, and the
Eightfold Path? What is meditation? How do can you meditate? What are the Buddha teachings for lay people
and what is the Shin path? Starting Sunday, January 26, 2014. enrollment ends early January. Visit the COURSES web
page for details and register. Meet once a month over 6 months.
Buddhist Sunday School. Central Connecticut's only Buddhist Sunday School resumes classes in September. Registration
for our Montessori inspired school is open. Visit our comprehensive Family Dharma Sunday School web site.
Podcasts on iTunes. Listen to over 80 of our podcasted talks and discussions online free of charge through iTunes.
See web page.
Upon A Jewel - Our Fellowship's first published book is now available
at the BFF of Ct in Middletown on Sunday mornings. See web page.
Salt Lake City Buddhist Fellowship.
We are happy to announce a new North American Buddhist Association
sangha in Utah. Visit the Salt Lake City Buddhist Fellowship's web site for more information.
Sunday Mornings at the BFF of Ct
(Updated on December 9, 2013)
Deep From Within
10/13. Dream Land or Pure
Buddha taught us that we are from one life, and we will return as one life. The
origin of our life is one. We are now sharing the One Life. This insightful
talk will cover how the reality of impermanence can awaken us to the
preciousness of life and each moment. Inspired by an essay by Motohiro Kiyota. Presented
10/20. How to Erase a
Permanent Marker.Like the ink from a
permanent marker, we tend to get stuck in our ways, lost in attachments and
aversions, and pride.However, when we
are exposed by the Buddhist teachings, a natural process of transformation
arises within our minds and hearts. This talk will uncover how this process
occurs and how it affects our lives. Inspired by an essay by Karen Vielle.
Presented by Rev. Senpai. Daishin.
Obon: The Buddhist Day of the Dead.On this day, we remember with gratitude our ancestors and those
friends who have passed on. We recognize that we are a direct
continuation of our ancestors and they still exist within us, in our DNA,
and without them we would not exist. Our Obon event includes reflections and
the Flower Ceremony in which participants will receive a small white or
red carnation pin symbolizing the living or deceased parents. This is an
emotionally moving experience and underscores the Buddha's teachings of
interconnectedness, gratitude and love. Attendees are encouraged to bring photographs of deceased parents or grandparents
to be placed on altar during gathering. Non-traditional date.
11/03. The Golden Chain.This talk will explore
the popular Shin
prayer, The Golden Chain, which begins with the words, "I will be kind and
gentle to every living thing..."However, is it possible to be kind to every living being?To practice
absolute kindness would require
an unqualified compassion and respect. Therefore, when we strive to put into
practice the prayer’s message, are we being hypocritical? Presented by Rev.
11/10. As You
"What does practicing Buddha's
mean to you in your daily life? Does it mean to donate money to the poor, to
help the homeless, or to refrain from discriminating against minorities?"Learn
how we can awaken to radical acceptance
of others but more importantly, ourselves. Presented by Rev. Senpai. Daishin.
11/17. The Nature of My Faith.
Based on the inspired readings from the late 18th century Shin reformer Kiyozawa Manshi. What is faith according to
Shin? How does it evolve? What are its benefits? Presented by Shoju.
11/24. Everyday Thanksgiving. A look into the Shin Buddhist teachings and lifestyle of gratitude
and grace. Also, this gathering will explore the practice of mindful eating and drinking, and suggest Buddhist mealtime prayers
in preparation to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Presented by Rev. Senpai Daishin.
12/01. The Universe is in Everything.
This talk will involve white paper bulbs which will be given out to all
congregants. The them is the universe is a totality and seeds have everything they need. You may ask what does this have to
do with Shin? Come and join us and find out. Presented
12/08. The Zen of Recovery. How does one apply Buddhist principles to addiction recovery? Can
these principles help anyone on the Buddhist Path? How can the Buddhist perspective on recovery be integrated the traditionally
Christian based 12 step approach and the medical model of addiction treatment? How can Buddhist wisdom help all of us deal
with our daily cravings?” Inspired by the book, The Zen of Recovery by Mel
Ash. Presented by Jinshu.
12/15. Anatman: In Search of
Buddhists at some point we ask, “What am I?” Engaging in the teachings we
discover that the answer is: no one, nothing.How can this be? Isn’t there some eternal soul or spirit in all of us?
This talk will look into our true and real nature. Inspired by an essay
by Ed Parker. Presented by Rev. Senpai.
12/22. Bodhi Day.Celebrate the holiday
season with Buddha's enlightenment. This Buddhist
holiday remembers the day the historical Buddha attained enlightenment under
the bodhi tree over 2,500 years ago in Bodh Gaya, India. Event includes video
presentation of the story, music and chants and more. All are welcome.
Great from families.Presented
by Rev. Senpai Daishin.
Mansfield Freeman Center is closed.
Start off 2014 with inner renewal and hope. The annual Beginning Anew
Ceremony is a powerful and intensely emotional experience. It allows
participants to look deeply within their hearts, share their feelings about
others and events, and to let go of personal obstacles in order to awaken to
peace and inner balance.
will be 4 main phases: 1) mindful incense offering, 2) sharing regrets, 3)
expressing hurt, 4) sharing a difficulty & asking for support.
Sharing is purely voluntary but listening is equally a powerful
experience. After each phase, a short meditation and loving
kindness prayer will be given the participants. Lead by Senpai
01/19. The Two Pure Lands. This talk will discuss the two dimensions or two kinds of Pure Land One is a skillful but "tentative" Pure
Land, while the other is the True Pure Land. In Shin teaching, our goal is not the Primal Vow or being one with Amida, our goal is the true Pure Land.So, what is the Pure
Land? Why is it important to our religious life? Presented by Rev. Senpai. Daishin.
01/26. Drum of the
historical Buddha began his ministry by saying, “I will now travel to the city
of Benares and beat the drum of the deathless. “This talk will talk about
the rhythm of the
teachings from the Buddha to Shinran Shonin and how it allows us to be touch by
the deathless nature deep within us. Inspired by an essay by Sensei Ulrich.
Presented by Rev. Senpai Daishin.
02/02.Why Shin? Why Not? Many religions attract flowers by offering
of mind. Shin Buddhism is different; it offers self-examination. The Shin path
is the dynamic process of examining and accepting our shortcomings, our
self-centeredness and arrogance. It is a humbling experience. So, why should a
seeker take on the path? What is its central essence? Why is this essence so
important that a seeker would forgo “peace of mind” to attain it? Inspired by
an essay by Peter Hata. Presented by Rev. Senpai Daishin.
02/12. The Wise Heart. Was Buddha the first
psychologist? How can Buddhism help to alleviate the suffering that people
bring to mental health therapy sessions? Inspired by the book, A Guide to the Universal
Buddhist Psychology is by Jack Kornfield, Presented by Jinshu.
02/16. Why Am I A Buddhist and particularly a
Shin Buddhist? Shoju
will explore the Buddha's teachings to discover how they inspire us the path to
true entrusting and ease suffering. What makes the Buddha’s way so attractive to
people? Why is the Shin Way so appealing? Presented by Shoju.
Within.Explore the power of words and how the “inconceivable
power”that lies deep withinour
hearts nurtures and can transform us with an active universal compassion amidst the suffering of everyday life. Inspired by an essay by Sensei Ulrich. Presented by Rev. Senpai. Daishin.
Buddha Is My Personal Trainer. How does Buddhism view our youth and
body image obsessed ideas about "Fitness"? Dharma teacher Shoju talk and discussion
will be based on his 30+
years as a health professional and regular exerciser. Presented by Shoju.
03/09.Our Greatest Fear. Learn about death from the buddhist perspective. What do Buddhists mean by the statement, “nothing is born, nothing
dies?” Is there eternal life? How does Namu Amida Butsu come into the picture of living and dying? Two short readings
from the books, No Fear, No Death by Thich Nhat Hanh and River of Fire, River of Water by Dr. Taitetsu Unno will be
discussed.Presented by Rev. Senpai Daishin.
03/16. Two Rivers and One White Path. "The Parable of the Two Rivers and the White Path," a story frequently heard at Shin circles about a traveler walking
down a narrow path between a river of raging fire and a river of surging water. This talk will look into the parable and answer
the question, what does it mean to transcend the secular world and then transcend the religious world? Presented by Rev. Senpai
03/23. To be announced.
03/30. to be announced.
Buddhist Sunday School
Registration is now open
- classes resume on September 8, 2013
Grow together in inspiration, mindfulness and compassion
The Buddhist Faith Fellowship
offers Connecticut families a unique opportunity to grow together in a fun, hands-on and inspirational
Montessori inspired Sunday School format. This program is truly a rare treasure because it is the only Buddhist Sunday School/Family
Dharma in New England.
This Sunday School is
a place for your child(ren) to be taught the Buddhist teachings such as mindfulness, virtue and compassion. It
is a place where parents and children can learn and growth together.
Our Family Dharma has
been designed to meet the needs of children and their parents. Lessons and activities are age and grade level appropriate.
Everyone in attendance will be deeply enriched with the traditional Buddhist themes such as values of compassion & wisdom,
the Eightfold Path, daily practice and the stories of the Buddha and his disciples. We will explore how to integrate Buddhist
holidays and traditions to share with future generations.
To learn more, please
visit our comprehensive Family Dharma Sunday School web site and/or visit our Meetup web site above (click the icon) to learn more and/or to join.
Buddhism 101 Course
Winter – Spring 2014 Session
"This is not just a course but a transformational experience."
Registration is open
Learn about the
Buddhist path from the ground up. Who was the
Buddha and his disciples, and the Eightfold Path? What is meditation?
How do can you meditate? What are the Buddha teachings for
lay people and what is the Shin path?
We have room for a couple of more students. If you have been interested in taking this 101 course, now you have another
opportunity to do so. Let 2014 be the year for you to engage the Buddha’s teachings for lay people in a direct and structured
This is the tenth year
of our most popular and comprehensive course on the Buddha’s teachings. It surveys the Buddhist life, his disciples
and teachings, and how they may be applied to daily living in 21st century America. This non-sectarian course covers the vastness
of the Buddhist religion through Theravada and Mahayana traditions. Classes start on January 26, 2014. It will meet for 6
sessions in 6 months. Open to Buddhists and Non-buddhists. No pre-requisites. This course is oriented to beginner’s
who are looking for a concrete, practical and sequential study of Buddhism. See web site below.
Furthermore we offer
intermediate and advanced courses like our Buddhism 201, 301 and 401 courses.
To keep the courses
engaging, there is limited enrollment in all of our courses. We highly suggest that if you are interested in registering
that you do so, sooner than later.
Visit our New England
Institute of Buddhist Studies, located at the BFF of Ct in Middletown Connecticut for more details and online registration.
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connects people with other people of similar beliefs and/or who are interested in our style of lay Buddhist practice. Share
your stories, practice, buddhist spiritual experiences and photos etc. and in addition you will receive regular
updates of our activities, courses and retreats. Looking for a web community? Come and join BFF Facebook.
Our Meetup Group
you like to receive automatically sent weekly e-mail notifications of our activities, courses and retreats, then we suggest
you join our Meetup.com group. It is free of charge to join this social network.
"His Light penetrates
to the utmost ends of space and guides people to Nirvana, the Buddha is the King of the Truth, he is the Teacher of
Gods and humans."
Larger Sutra, Chap. 33
The BFF is a tax-exempt, non-profit membership
organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the U.S. Tax Code.