CVUUS Meditation Group
We will resume meeting every Sunday from 7 to 8 PM in the CVUUS Fenn House Chapel, 2 Duane Court, in Middlebury when we are able. Regardless of your experience with meditation or Buddhism, the CVUUS Meditation Group is open to all.
We begin with 20 minutes of sitting meditation and 10 minutes of walking meditation. We then the session ends with 20 minutes of meditation and about 10 minutes of discussion.
If you have never meditated, instruction will be available one half hour before the meditation begins. Those needing meditation instruction should come at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to come every Sunday or just to drop in as your schedule allows. If you have any questions about the CVUUS Sangha or Meditation Group, call Colleen Brown at 989-9974 or Van at 388-2142.
Intro to Meditation Group Online
If you’re interested in developing a meditation practice, you’re warmly invited to join us online Sunday mornings when Colleen Brown will lead from 9:15 to 9:45 am. 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 Colleen (989-9974) or Tracey (989-2270), with any questions and for the password.
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.
- Opening Worship Service (mp3)
- Friday night (mp3) (video 1 of 6)
(there is some audio distortion on the mp3 version – video better)
- Saturday morning – part 1 (mp3) (video 2 of 6)
- Saturday morning – part 2 (mp3) (video 3 of 6)
- Saturday afternoon (mp3) (video 4 of 6)
- Saturday evening (mp3) (video 5 of 6)
- Sunday morning (mp3) (video 6 of 6)
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 www.upaya.org. 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!