Weekly Meditation and Dialogue, Tuesdays 7-8:30pm

This offering is based on the work of David Bohm and Jiddu Krishnamurit. We begin the evening with 30 minutes of silent meditation, then we read a short prompt and move into dialogue. With both meditation and dialogue, we are trying to deepen our awareness and grow in self-knowledge. Our central concern is the transformation of consciousness. Facilitated by Director of Spiritual Development, Jason Bender, dsd@usguu.org

Sunday Morning Meditation

Welcoming space for meditation is available every Sunday at USG from 9:15 to 10:15 in Sullivan Chapel 3 or in the Grove. On the First and Second Sundays, the Mindfulness Group will follow this schedule:

  • 9:15-9:40 – Sitting meditation
  • 9:40-10:00 – Walking meditation
  • 10:00-10:20 – Dharma reading and sharing
On August 27 and September 3, there will be a family in Sullivan 3, so meditation will be in the Grove.
All are welcome to join in quietly at any transition point. On the other Sundays the space is open for those who choose to just come and sit. Beginners as well as experienced meditators are always welcome.

For more information contact Stephanie Bonner at slbonner2@gmail.com

An Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Sundays, 3:00-4:30 at USG, September 17 and 24, October 8 and 15
For more information contact Gerry Whelan at gwhelanmd@gmail.com

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.