Mindfulness Meditation with Rev. Kent
Please note new time! Thursdays, 6:30-7:15pm, Sullivan 3
Come together to sit, move, or lie down to meditate, mostly in silence. Jon Kabat-Zinn defined mindfulness as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” With the goal of engaging in mindfulness, Kent will provide basic guidance for paying attention to breath, or sound, or simple body movements. The documented health benefits of mindfulness for body, mind and spirit are irrefutable and wonderful. Come on in to pay attention
Sunday Morning Meditation
Welcoming space for meditation is available every Sunday at USG from 9:15 to 10:15am in Sullivan Chapel 3 or in the Grove. On the First and Second Sundays, the Mindfulness Group will follow this schedule:
- 9:15-9:35am – Sitting meditation
- 9:35-9:55am – Dharma reading and sharing
- 9:55-10:15 – Sitting or Walking meditation
Mindful Communication: Creating Real Dialogue
May 12, 9:30am-5pm
This daylong program explores the foundations of an integrated approach to Mindful Communication with a focus on how to create dialogue in any situation.
How can we use our spiritual practice as a resource to address a polarized political climate, divisive speech, and violent acts towards marginalized communities? How do we bring qualities of integrity, truth, and kindness into our relationships and conversations, staying true to our values while creating conditions for real dialogue?
Join Buddhist meditation teacher and Nonviolent Communication Trainer Oren Jay Sofer for this unique program in Mindful Communication.
In this daylong workshop, we will explore an integrated approach to bringing mindfulness and care to our communication. The tools shared will be a combination of the core guidelines for Wise Speech offered by the Buddhist tradition, as well as the contemporary discipline of Nonviolent Communication. Together, these practices form a powerful foundation for insight, compassion, and skill so that our conversations can create meaningful change.
This event is co-sponsored by Springboard Meditation Sangha and the Unitarian Society of Germantown, PA.
Space is limited, please register early. Fee is $35.
- Go to tinyurl.com/usgregister
- You can also register using text messaging. To register for this retreat via text, send “35 Oren” to 215-607-6191. Follow the prompts to enter name, contact and payment info.
Unitarian Universalism and Buddhism
Like UU’s “free and responsible search for meaning”, Buddhism is non-creedal. In his first mindfulness precept, Thich Nhat Hahn says Buddhist teachings are not doctrines but guiding means to help us develop understanding and compassion. One of the Buddha’s last teachings was to “be a lamp unto yourself”.
The inherent worth and dignity of every person is evident in Buddhist teaching that everything in the universe shares Buddha nature.
The Universalist emphasis on the saving power of love can be seen in the Mahayana Bodhisattva vow to renounce nirvana until all beings are enlightened, and in reverence for Avolokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of great compassion.
UU respect for the interdependent web of all existence mirrors the Buddhist teaching of emptiness, what Thich Nhat Hahn calls inter-being–that everything in the universe exists only in its connection with everything else, and nothing has an absolute separate identity.
UU affinity for Buddhism goes back to Thoreau. There has been an active Unitarian Universalist Budddhist Fellowship for many years. It is still considered an independent affiliate of the UUA.