Buddhism for Beginners Course. Learn about the Buddha's life and teachings. Discover the Noble Eightfold Path. Explore mindfulness. Open
you heart with the Shin teachings. Find a renewed life. Interested? Starts June 8th. See below for more information and registration
or visit http://dharmaquest.bffct.net/id22.html
Mindfulness Retreat. Join
us for our annual one day mindfulness retreat. June 8, 2014 from 9:00 a,m. to 3 p.m. Open to beginners to the most advanced.
See below for more information and registration.
Buddhist Benefit Luncheon Event. Learn about and practice mindfulness and the loving-kindness chant. Sunday, April13, from
12:30 - 2 p,m. at the Vietnamese Lan Chi Restaurant, Middletown. The theme of this month's event is Flower Festival which
celebrates the Buddha's birthday. All are welcome.
Buddhist Sunday School. Central Connecticut's only Buddhist Sunday School resumes classes on January 12, 2014.
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.
Sunday Mornings at the BFF of Ct
(Updated on April 8, 2014)
The Heart of Buddhism
03/02.Life is a Process of Change and Growth.
A look into the deep spirituality and basic values of Shin Buddhism.This well-done
and inspirational video
explores why Shin is attracted to Westerners and how its changes lives. This
video is from the Honpa Honganji Mission of Hawaii. Presented by Rev. D.
03/09. 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.
03/16. How the Dhammapada Set Me Free.
The Dhammapada is an ancient collection of the Buddha’s sayings. They are
insightful, spiritual and quite psychological. It is a scripture that is
accepted by all school of Buddhism. This talk will unveil how the Buddha’s
words hold a powerful effect for over 2,600 centuries.Shoshin will talk how
these sayings changed
her life. She is one of the contributors of the BFF’s book “I Stumbled Upon A
Jewel” and this talk is based on one of her chapters. Presented by Shoshin.
The Dharma of Richard Gere.This short but insightful BBC video looks into Richard Gere’s
perspective on the Buddhist teachings.Mr. Gere has been on a spiritual journey for over 30 years and since the
early 1980s has been a student of the HH Dalai Lama.The discussion will
reflect on his viewpoint,
the challenges and gifts of our spiritual journeys, and the significance
of American Buddhism. Presented by Rev. D. Senpai
03/30. Shin Buddhist Spirituality.An exploration of Shin spirituality that
touches on themes of eternal life, interdependence, love, compassion and
many other topics. This talk is a modern explanation of Shin
teachings?. Inspired by the book, River of Fire, River of Water.
Presented Rev. D. Senpai..
04/06. No gathering due to marathon and
closed road around Mansfield Freeman.
04/13. A Child of Destiny: Buddha's
Flower Festival, known as
Hana-masturi, which honors the birth of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha
Gautama over 2,500 years ago. Come and join us in our multi-media presentation
of the birth story and learn about the basic teachings of the Buddha, wash and
offer flowers to the baby Buddha, listen to sacred chants and more. Bring
flower(s) to offer to the baby Buddha on the altar. This community event is
perfect for new to Buddhism, families and friends. Lead by Rev. Daishin
There will be a special Benefit
Luncheon after the gathering at 12:30 p.m. at Lan Chi Restaurant on
Main Street, Middletown. The theme of this month's luncheon will be the
Buddha's birthday. 25% of the proceeds will be donated to the BFF of CT. All
**Buddhist Faith Fellowship's Birthday
- In addition, this date commemorates the 13th anniversary of the founding of
the Buddhist Faith Fellowship. On this date, in 2001, Rev. Daishin Senpai,
founded this community in his apartment in Bristol, Connecticut with five
others in attendance.
EASTER: Relax, Trust, Thank.Learn about the 3 Essential Daily Practices in Pure Land Buddhism
to encourage a happier and more meaningful life. Presented by Shoju based on an essay by Ven. Zhi Sheng.
04/27. Suicide and the First Buddhist Precept:
Buddhism teaches that suicide is an act to be avoided, as it is the taking of
life. In America, suicide is looked at with a combination of horror, fear and
revulsion, even to the point of being a taboo subject. However, how is
suicide viewed in other predominantly Buddhist cultures? Based on two articles
that appeared in New Yorker magazine last year, this Dharma talk examines
suicide in Japan, which has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, and
in Tibet, where a significant number of politically motivated suicides have
occurred in recent years. Presented by Daikan.
05/04. Buddhist Teachings on Aging.
.The video and discussion will explore the Buddha’s teachings that promote
physical and spiritual well-being, and longevity.Also, the topics of the afterlife
meaning of life will be covered. The video is an interview with Buddhist
teacher Lewis Richmond and the author of "Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A
Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser. Presented by Rev. D. Senpai.
05/11. Buddha Is My Personal Trainer.
How does Buddhism view our youth and body image obsessed ideas about
"Fitness"? Dharma teacher Shojutalk and discussion will be based on his 30+ years as a health
professional and regular exerciser. Presented by Shoju.
05/18. Buddhist Parables that Inspire
the Heart. The Buddha
taught in many way and freely used parables as
wonderful tools to help seekers to engage his teachings at a deeper level. The
intent of these parables is to transform the lives and inspire the seekers on
the Bodhisattva path. Presented by Rev. D. Senpai.
05/25. Memorial Sunday
Picnic – You
are invited to our 12th annual potluck Memorial Sunday
Weekend/Wisteria Festival Picnic. It will take place at Veteran's Memorial Park
in Middletown from 1:00 - 4 p.m.. We will celebrate the coming of
summer, our fellowship under the pavilion closest to the main entrance; it will
be decorated with Buddhist Prayer Flags and the Buddhist Flag. There is plenty
of free parking at the parking lot in front of the pavilion.
**Wisteria Festival or Fujimatsuri celebrates the
birth of Shinran Shonin, the founder and foremost teacher of Shin Buddhism,
over 700 years ago in Japan. All members and friends and their guests are
invited to attend.
06/01. Does Science Own Truth? Based on a Tricycle magazine
interview with the author of a new book called The
Science Delusion, this talk will look into ever growing domination of
"scientism" as the sole possessor of truth in our world. How does
scientism impact us as religious people, parents, and educators. What are the alternative
possessors of truth? What is the Buddhist view of science and religion?
Presented by Shoju.
06/08. To be announced.
Mindfulness Retreat. Our 11th annual one day Buddhist retreat
(sesshin) will take place at the beautiful Dae Yen Sa Temple in New
Hartfordfrom 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. The
theme is This Present Moment which underscores presence and the profound
sense of gratitude and interconnectedness. Our sesshin includes: basic sitting
meditation instruction and practice, walking meditation, voice and eating
meditation, noble silence, discussions, qigong, and a delicious Korean
vegetarian lunch. This retreat will be led by Dharma Teacher Daikan.
Registration is open from March 18 – June 2. Register via the New
England Institute of Buddhist Studies. Beginners and the
most advanced are welcomed.
06/15. Putting the Mind Back into Mindfulness.
We will explore some of the concepts
that are discussed in The Buddha’s Brain:
The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom by Rick Hanson,
PHD. This fascinating book combines modern discoveries about the workings of
the brain with age old insights in the nature of mind. Presented by Jinshu.
06/22. Renewal of the Heart - a Summer Solstice Practice -Celebrate
the wonder of life with light, balance, and renewal through meditation,
chanting; and then discuss the interconnection between nature, beauty and
gratitude with the Pure Land Way. Presented by D Senpai.
06/29. To be announced.
No meeting due to the 4th
of July weekend.
Therapy with a side of Zen. Explore some
of the concepts discussed in Zen and the Art of Psychotherapy by Robert
Rosenbaum. This book combines some of the principles of Zen practices with common
themes explored in therapy and the results are greater opportunities for healing
on both a practical and spiritual level. Presented by Jinshu.
To be announced.
To be announced.
- 12. Shin Retreat. This
annual and unique retreat will
take place on August 9 -12 in Barre, Ma, from Friday 7:30 p.m. – Sunday 2 p.m.
It will explore the deeper dimensions of Shin Buddhism and will look into how
the Shin teachings are applied in everyday life.There is minimum sitting
meditation, some chanting, and memorable and profound discussions that will
make you think about the meaning of life and connect with it and everyone at
the retreat. Depending on where you are karmically, this retreat experience
could be a life changer. To register visit, http://www.dharma.org/bcbs/
No gathering at Wesleyan due to Shin Retreat.
Primal Grace. How is it that lost, despair and
confusion can be transformed in the substance of purpose, love and
understanding? What is the shadow? What is the Primal Vow? How can we
experience faith, hope and salvation? Participants of the previous weekend
Shin retreat will reflect on and share their retreat experience. Presented by
Rev. D. Senpai.
Buddhism for Beginners Course
"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's 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 Buddhism for Beginners 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 way.
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 June 8, 2014. 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.
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.
Our 12th annual one day
Buddhist retreat (sesshin) will take place at the beautiful Dae Yen Sa
Temple. The theme is This Present
Moment where life is truly lived. Practice calming the mind so you can open
your heart to true peace and gratitude. Beginners to the most advanced are
welcomed. Basic instruction will be given to beginners. Our sesshin includes:
sitting meditation walking meditation, qigong, voice meditation, noble silence,
discussions, and a delicious Korean vegetarian lunch.
Retreat Time: from
9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Intro to Meditation
for Beginners: 8:30 a.m.
Arrival:8:30 a.m. to 8:50
for beginner to the most experienced
Donation: $60 for
non-member, $40 for members
Open to the public:
for non-members, non-buddhists, members and
Registration is now open
- classes resume on January 12, 2014
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.
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"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
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organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the U.S. Tax Code.