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 asd@usguu.org.

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 experienced meditation teachers and mindfulness leaders. There is no fee for the classes, but dana (donations to the teachers; suggested $15 to $20) are greatly appreciated.

All classes are Sunday Evening, 5 PM – 6:30 PM unless otherwise noted.

Saturday Nov 16th ; 9:30am -3:30 PM
Day long Retreat with Reverend Kent
Registration requested

November 17th; 5-6:30 PM

Adrienne Dolberry; Practicing in Community: Collective Mindfulness

As we practice with each other, we begin explore how ‘community’ can support our mindfulness practice – on the cushion and in our daily lives. 

Bio: Adrienne Dolberry, Ph.D., RYT-200

Starting in her early days as a graduate student, Adrienne has incorporated meditation practices into her spiritual development. With over 800 hours of silent retreat experience, she has facilitated yoga and Vipassana and Zen meditation practices and designed health and wellness programming to support various communities since 2006, including people of color, children, medical students, and teaching faculty. As of January 2018, Adrienne has been part of managing daily operations and teaching yoga classes at Studio 34.

November 24; 5-6:30 PM

Meg Ryan; The Mind and Heart of Forgiveness

In popular belief, forgiveness is often conflated with absolution, penance,
condoning misdeeds, or simply making nice; the concept can be fraught with power dynamics. Yet in Buddhist and Christian teachings alike, we find
forgiveness to be a path to purification, self-renewal, reconciliation, and unity with divine consciousness. Together we will explore forgiveness from the head center and the heart center, and engage with forgiveness as a practice to enrich our meditation and our relationships with ourselves and others. 

Bio: Meg Ryan started listening for God as a child and began studying and practicing Zen as a teenager. Her interest in a cross-cultural spirituality based on the Perennial Tradition and 25-plus years practicing meditation in Zen and Tibetan Buddhist as well as Christian Contemplative traditions inform her life choices as well as her work as a writer, editor, and musician, where she incorporates mindfulness practices into her work with authors and students. A friend of USG since relocating to Philadelphia in 2016, Meg contributes to the community’s musical offerings, leads occasional meditative flute improvisation workshops, and assists in childhood spiritual development programs. She served as a guest speaker in July 2019 on creativity as a spiritual practice.

December 1, 2019; No class,  Thanksgiving Weekend

December 8, 2019
Michelle Stortz; Wrestling the Monsters: You vs. Desires and Cravings

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, and 29, 2019

Chris Molnar: Interpersonal Mindfulness

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 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.