preview-webIntro to Meditation Group Online

If you’re interested in developing a meditation practice, you’re warmly invited to join us online Sunday evenings when Dinah Smith will lead from 5-6 pm.  It’s open to folks of all ages and all levels of experience with meditation. Each session includes instruction and three 5-minute guided meditations. It’s aimed especially at those who are just beginning a meditation practice. During these trying times, it seems we all benefit from connecting with the place of silence and peace within, and this program is intended to help us locate and occupy that space with greater ease. Zoom link is here. Please feel free to call either Dinah (353-1704) or Tracey (989-2270), with any questions and for the password.

Dharma Talks

Here are links to the mp3 files recorded during the Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship (UUBF) 2015 Convocation with Stephen Batchelor.  They are large files that will download to your computer before they begin to play in most cases.  Depending on your computer’s settings, you may need to open a media player then select the downloaded file, likely saved in your download area.

CVUUS Sangha Met with Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community

CVUUS Sangha / Meditation Group has met with the Bread Loaf Mountain Zen Community (BLMZC) and its leader Joshin Brian Byrnes. The CVUUS Sangha will have the opportunity to participate in and support BLMZC programs, in addition to continuing its regular Sunday night meditation group.

Former CVUUS member, Brian Byrnes, who is now a Zen priest and the Vice Abbott and President of Upaya Zen Center, in Santa Fe, NM, and whose Zen name is Joshin, is the founder of BLMCZ.  If you are interested in learning more about Upaya, or listening to Joshin’s dharma talks (teachings), you can do that at  Upaya was founded by Roshi Joan Halifax over 25 years ago and is quite an amazing place.  It runs about 44  programs and retreats (attended by 2,000 to 3,000 guests) on everything from traditional Buddhist and Zen texts to contemplative neuroscience, as well as trainings in death and dying for medical clinicians. It also has an active medical clinic program in Nepal, a prison project, and a street/homelessness ministry which Joshin leads. Sensei Joshin and his partner have 3 adult children, 2 of whom live in this part of  Vermont, and he plans to be in Vermont one week per month going forward.  When he is in Vermont,  Joshin hopes to offer Zen-based Buddhist teachings and engage in broad based dharma conversations with an emphasis on “Engaged Buddhism” and service (i.e., social action).  All will be welcome!

More Information

Buddhism and Mindfulness:  A Reading List for Unitarian Universalists

Buddhist Unitarian Universalists

Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship Sangha

Insight Meditation Society:  Glossary of Buddhist Terms