Mindfulness Luncheon Event. Learn about and practice mindfulness and the loving-kindness chant. Sunday, Feb. 16, from 12:30
- 2 p,m. at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Middletown. To RSVP and more details visit our Facebook
page at Mindfulness Luncheon under events.
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.
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 February 16, 2014)
Refuge and Renewal
Beginning Anew. 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.
There 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. Anatman: In Search of
Non-Self. As 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. Daishin.
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.
02/02. Everything is a Gift.Is there a secret to
living a long and happy life? Holocaust survivor and pianist, Alice Herz
Sommers,at 108 years old, lucidly
explains the meaning of life.In a
remarkable video with Anthony Robbins, she expresses her thoughts on peace,
forgiveness and living a life of thanksgiving.After the video, a discussion will follow to discuss its content and how
her wisdom can be applied to our lives.Presented by Rev. D. Senpai.
One Pure Moment of Deep Hearing. This talk will explore the central
Shin practice called ‘deep
hearing.” What is it? What are practitioners supposed to hear or listen to?
This talk will cover the presenter’s person experience with deep hearing and
its transformative effects.Dojin 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 Dojin.
Cancelled due too winter storm.
02/23. Nirvana Day - Nehan-ye. Commemorating the passing of the historical Buddha into parinirvana, a special ceremony will take place
in remembrance of this event. This will be followed by a meditation, chanting and an insightful talk on death called, 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. Daishin Senpai.
03/02.Life is a Process of Change and Growth.
A look into the deep spiritualityand
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. Senpai.
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.
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
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. A Shin Buddhist View
of the Eightfold Path.Why is the
Path? Why is it considered the essential path of the Buddha? How does it
integrate with Shin teachings?Learn how
to engage the Buddha’s Way in the 21st century. From Rev. D. Senpai.
04/06. A Child of Destiny. Celebrate
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 Senpai.
Fellowship's Birthday - In addition, this date commemorates the 13th anniversary
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.
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.
04/20. 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.
04/27. 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 and the
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.
05/04. 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
05/11. To be announced.
05/18. To be announced.
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. To be announced.
06/08. To be announced.
06/15. To be announced.
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.
Buddhist Sunday School
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.
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.