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
All are welcome to join in quietly at any transition point. On the other Sundays the space is open for those who choose to come and sit. Beginners as well as experienced meditators are always welcome.

For more information contact Sharon Mafuru at smallaxetz@gmail.com

For Meditation Special Events, please look at the bottom or to the right of the screen (depends on screen size or the ASD page.)

 

BREATHE- Schedule and course information

Breathe is our Sunday evening mindfulness program with a rotating cast of expert meditation teachers and mindfulness leaders. 

September 8, 15, 22, 29. 2019

Finding your Way Home Through Meditation

Leader-  Deborah Cooper

Description: This four-week class will include time for meditation and a short talk and dialogue. The goal of this course is to uncover our own longing to know and care for ourselves with kindness and compassion.                          

Teacher bio: Deborah Cooper M.Ed. L.P.C. is a licensed professional counselor in private practice. She received training in mindfulness meditation at the Stress Reduction Program of the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine and from the staff of Oasis, an institute for mindfulness-based professional education, based at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. She has been teaching mindfulness meditation for over 10 years.  Contact info: deborahcooper125@gmail.com

 

October 6, 2019 : No class- Folk Factory Pete Seeger Music Sing-A-Long

 

October 13, 2019

Minding Body, Speech and Mind – One Thing!

Teacher- Lama Coulter Hulyer     

Description:  When we think one thing while saying and doing another, this is the sign of a troubled mind. A mindful mind, a Vajra mind, opens the Three Doors and knows peace. In this session we will invoke the blessing of our Triple Doors as we enter meditation. There will be guided and silent meditation as well as discussion.  The class is open to beginning and seasoned meditators.

Instructor bio: Since 1973, Lama Coulter has lived, studied, and practiced with many renowned lamas and teachers in Tibetan Buddhist and Kashmir Shaivism traditions. He completed the traditional Tibetan Buddhist three year Retreat at Kaygyu Thubten Choling, New York,  where he was authorized to teach.   

Contact info: coulterhuyler9@gmail.com

 

 October 20, 27th, 2019.

 Mindful Self-Compassion in Your Mindfulness Meditation Practice and Your Life

Teacher: Jesse Frechette

Description:  This course will include time for discussion on mindful self-compassion, a guided practice, and questions and suggestions for growing mindful self-compassion in one’s practice and life. The goal for the two sessions will be to understand the powerful benefits of mindful awareness, self-kindness, and connection to humanity in changing one’s relationship to stress, and how to cultivate more self-compassion throughout one’s day.  Each session will also include a brief simple creative activity with a take-away item to help support the practice beyond the session.

Teacher Bio:  Jesse Frechtte, LCSW is the founder of Center Mindful, a mindfulness studio in Ft. Washington, PA.  He is a mindfulness educator, coach, facilitator, and mindfulness-based psychotherapist who completed a year-long mindful educator certification program through Mindful Schools and has received additional mindfulness training in the following:  Inner Strength Foundation’s “Mindfulness & Cultural Development,” “Learning to Breathe,” MindBodySpirit Corporate Wellness Program, “Mindfulness for Student Athletes,” and “Yoga for the Creative Soul.”  Jesse teaches, coaches, and facilitates mindfulness at his Center, in schools and universities, and organizations.  He has been a formal mindfulness practitioner for 12 years and also attributes his personal mindfulness trait to growing up gay as the youngest of nine children, in a world that reinforced a message that being heterosexual was the preferred norm; spending much time in nature and gardening; being a cancer survivor since his late 20’s; and working for 25 years as an inner-city social worker and school counselor.  Contact info:   jesse@centermindful.org

 

November 3, 10, 17, 24, 2019. To Be Announced.

 

 

December 1, 2019-  No class

 

December 8, 2019

Wrestling the Monsters: You vs. Desires and Cravings

Teacher: Michelle Stortz

Description:  Dealing with your desires and cravings can feel like wrestling a monster. My goodness, this monster is so strong! We’ll talk about strategies, strength, support, and, ultimately, how to befriend the monster. 

Teacher Bio:  Michelle Stortz, C-IAYT, RYT500, MFA has been teaching mindfulness practices for fifteen years, has trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), teaches yoga to cancer patients and manages Springboard Studio. She also loves to tango and knit, but not at the same time. www.MichelleStortz.com

Contact info: mwstortz@gmail.com

 

December 15, 22, 29, 2019

Interpersonal Mindfulness

Teacher: Chris Molnar

Description:  Experience how mindfulness can deepen our self-understanding and enhance our relationships.

Instructor Bio: Chris Molnar, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and clinical investigator, founded Mindful Exposure Therapy for Anxiety and Psychological Wellness Center, Inc. (META Center) in 2007. She is expert in the assessment and treatment of anxiety, OCD, PTSD, emotional, and stress-related conditions using evidence-based practices. Her expertise combines clinical psychology, psycho-physiology and the brain sciences. Since 1992, her work has focused on understanding and treating severe anxiety and related conditions.   www.meta4stress.com

Contact info: chris@molnarpsychology.com

 

Questions- Contact Howard Silver at Mindfulness@usguu.org or 215-669-8871.

Unitarian Society of Germantown’s Adult Spiritual Education Committee

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.