Buddhism is a life long education to learn how to realize
our human potential by transforming suffering
into peace, joy and liberation.
Looking for a community?
Come and Join
at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies
343 Washington Terrace
Most Sundays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Buddhist Faith Fellowship (BFF) is a visionary and deeply spiritual lay Buddhist community in Central Connecticut, established in the spring of 2001. We are an American Shin Buddhist community, deeply rooted in the teachings and practices of the Mahayana tradition.
We offer an open, caring, and nurturing environment for all who seek the Buddhist experience. We see ourselves as spiritual pioneers of the 21st century, expanding the boundaries of the Buddha Dharma and helping to create a new American Buddhism.
What is the Buddhist Faith Fellowship?
It is a community dedicated to a Buddhism for 21st century Americans who have hectic lifestyles and families. We are New England's largest Shin Buddhist community and the fastest growing Shin community in the USA with growing chapters in many states.
A PLACE FOR FELLOWSHIP We offer a caring, spiritual and open environment that naturally creates healthy relationships between the members of our spiritual family. With our regular gatherings, practice groups, social events, etc. there is a place for you too.
A PLACE FOR LEARNING We are engaged in the study of the whole of Buddhism but place more focus on Shin Buddhism, which is designed for ordinary working people with busy schedules.
A PLACE FOR ENRICHMENT We offer many opportunities to get involved, with special programs for the environment, outreach ministries, courses, workshops and spiritual field trips.
A PLACE FOR SERVICE We accept our responsibility to reach out in service to others. Our people help those within our spiritual family and outside of our fellowship. See our Buddha Gaia environmental group as an example.
A PLACE FOR PRACTICE Every gathering is an occasion for spiritual refreshment full of blessings and inspiration. Our primary reason for meeting together is to practice the dharma, and to awaken to the Oneness of reality.
Who attends this Meetup?
People from all walks of life, from the very beginner to the most advanced practicers. On average 30 - 40 people attend our Sunday morning gatherings. They come from a variety of venues including internet, web site, ads and other media like Meet-up.com. So if Meet-up indicates only 1 or 2 people will be attending a particular event, please know that you should add another 30 people on average to event roster who are members and friends of our community.
What do we practice?
We practice quiet sitting meditation, sacred chants, mindfulness, and contemplation and application of the teachings. Our gatherings include lively discussions on the practical daily application of Buddhism. In our daily lives, we seek to practice compassion, love, mindfulness with al sentient beings. We are pen to all seekers of wisdom and compassion from beginners to the most advanced.
When and where do we meet?
We meet on most Sunday mornings from 10 - 11:45-12 p.m. at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Google us, "Buddhist Faith Fellowship" for schedule, philosophy and directions. Or visit our main web site below.