Mindfulness Meditation with Rev. Kent

Thursdays, 5:30-6:15pm, 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 10:15 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
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, 3:00-5pm at USG, September 17 and 24, October 8 and 15 in the Sullivan Chapel

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
 
“Meditation – it’s not what you think!” ~ Bumper Sticker
 
Based on the MBSR curriculum that has been the initial gateway into regular meditation practice for so many people, this accelerated course will give participants the tools and techniques to begin their own practice of insight meditation based on following the breath and opening to sensations and sound. It is directed primarily at those who are interested in beginning a practice, but is also a valuable resource for those who have begun but would profit from some more direction and guidance.
 
Co-sponsored by the Springboard Mediation Sangha and led by Deborah Cooper, an experienced MBSR teacher. There is no formal fee but a donation of $60 for the entire course is suggested. Register online at tinyurl.com/usgregister or 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.