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July Newsletter: New summer location, Shakespearean play + NYC field trips & August retreat

From: Buddhist Faith F.
Sent on: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 9:55 AM
This BFF of Ct/NASBA Newsletter includes:

About New Middletown Summer Location
Middletown Summer Schedule
August Shin Retreat ? sign up asap
Field Trip ? Shakespearean play in Middletown
Field Trip to NY Buddhist Church
Our Buddhist 12 Step Group
BCA Bookstore (Free shipping) & our recommended Shin books
NASBA/BFF of Ct?s Facebook (join us)

New Location & Schedule 2010

Due to Wesleyan University?s budgetary problems, the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies will be closed from June 27 ? August 29. However, we will continue to gather albeit on a limited basis from 10 a.m. ? 12 noon, throughout the summer months at the Woodhead Lounge in the Exley Science Center. In order to maintain continuity of practice during the summer vacation months, we will gather 2x during the months of July and August. There is a beautiful patio there, so weather permitting we may practice outdoors and include walking meditation.

Also, we will not be hosting an Obon event but instead we will have a field trip to NYC on July 18 to attend an Obon Service at the New York Buddhist Church. In addition, we are encouraging you to attend the Shin Retreat with Dr. Mark Unno at the Barre Center for Buddhists Studies on the weekend of August 6-8.

To see our special summer schedule visit:

To get directions to the Exley Science Center visit:

We will return to the Mansfield Freeman Center on September 12th.


Summer Theme
Engaging Life As It Is.

07/11. What I Discovered about Buddhist Teachings. The graduates of our Buddhism 101 class will reflect on what they learned, including the challenges and blessings of practice, during their 6 month walk on the Buddha's path of insight, compassion and faith. This gathering is especially useful for those who want to know more about becoming a Buddhist. Also, There will be a small Affirmation Ceremony for the Buddhism 101 Course's graduates. Lead by Senpai.

07/16. Shakespeare Field Trip. Come along and attend our 3rd annual field trip to an Art Farm performance of ?As You Like It? at Middlesex Community College, Middletown. This outdoor event will start will music at 6 p.m. and the play will start at 7 p.m. We will be located in the center front. We will either have BFF t-shirts or some other buddhist identification to help you spot us. Let us know if you are attending. $20 donation to Art Farm at entrance. Rain date 7/17.

07/18. Obon field Trip: The Buddhist Festival of the Dead. Special field trip to New York City to attend the morning service of the New York Buddhist Church on Riverside Drive. We are looking for volunteers to carpool. Please email at [address removed]. To learn more about this event, visit:
No Wesleyan Gathering.

07/25. Don?t Sweat the Small Stuff. Learn to live in the present moment. Do one thing at a time. We will explore how these and several other techniques author Carlson recommends to keep the little things from taking over your life bear an uncanny resemblance to the Buddhist path of avoiding too much attachment and too much aversion and accepting reality as it is. Presented by Kisen.

08/06 - 08. Shin Buddhist Retreat with Dr. Mark and Taitetsu Unno at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. We highly recommend this weekend retreat experience. This annual event explores the fundamentals of Shin and encourages participants to go deeply within themselves to touch their very ground of being. This is open to beginners - advanced Buddhists including non-Buddhists and new to buddhism. Limited enrollment. Sign up early. To learn more and register visit No Wesleyan Gathering.

08/15. Faith, Hope and Compassion. Participants of the Shin retreat will reflect on and share their retreat weekend experience. Themes will cover faith and hope in Buddhism, being the object of compassion and awakening to peace and love.

08/29. The Secret of a Happier Home Life. This talk and discussion will explore the dimensions of Right Speech. Through mindful and gentle speech and listening, we can create better relationships with family co-workers and friends. Presented by Senpai.

For BFF of Ct?s 2010 schedule & directions click below

Shin Buddhist Retreat

August 6-8

The Best Shin Event of the Year

If you haven't yet signed up for the Shin Retreat at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in August, we highly recommend that you attend this unique spiritual event. It is the only such event in North America and occurs just once a year.

This annual Shin Buddhist Retreat is lead by Dr. Mark and Taitetsu Unno at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS). This annual event explores the fundamentals of Shin and encourages participants to go deeply within themselves to touch their very ground of being. This is open to beginners - advanced Buddhists including non-Buddhists and new to buddhism. Limited enrollment. Sign up early. BCBS offers scholarships for those in need. To learn more and register visit

Shakespeare Field Trip

Friday, July 16

This will be our 3rd annual Shakespeare field trip experience at the campus of Middlesex Community College, 100 Training Hill Road, Middletown. This year, the Art Farm will be putting on Shakespeare?s play titled ?As You Like It?. It is an outdoor theater event. Music starts at 6 p.m. the show starts at 7 p.m. They are asking for a $20 donation. Our rain date will be Saturday, July 17.

For more information visit

Let us know if you are attending or sign up at our Meetup group. E-mail us at [address removed]

Volunteers needed ? we need one or two volunteers to arrive at before 6 p.m. to set up a blanket in the middle front of the stage in order to get a good location. Also, if volunteers could wear their BFF t-shirts or have some other type of identification so others can find you. Let us know if you can volunteer. [address removed]

Obon Field Trip

Sunday, July 18

We are planning a spiritual excursion to the New York Buddhist Church to attend the Sunday morning Obon Service at 11:30 am to 1 p.m.. Obon is the traditional buddhist festival of the dead. Please dress causally but nice. Then we will go for lunch and then in the afternoon, we will visit the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Arts.

New York Buddhist Church

Rubin Museum of Himalayan Arts

We will leave Middletown Connecticut at 8:30 a.m. We have one person volunteering to drive to the New Haven train station. She can fit 4 people. We need one more volunteer driver to New Haven or someone who would like to drive directly to Riverside Drive (which would be easier and faster). For those taken the train into NYC, in Manhattan, we can take a taxi to[masked] Riverside Drive.

Let us know if you will be attending this special field trip and/or would like to volunteer to be a driver. E-mail us at [address removed]

Our Buddhist 12 Step Group

Why don?t you join us?

We are happy to announce that our newest chapter, the Buddhist 12 Step Group, is now officially meeting. This is a non-sectarian buddhist group dedicated to living a mindful, recovery oriented lifestyle.

Monday evenings
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
24 Old Church Street, Middletown, Ct

Who is the 12 Buddhist Step Group for? If you are suffering from any form of craving or addiction and are seeking liberation from its power and influence over you, then the 12 Step Group is just for you. This also includes people who have been touched by the destructive power of addiction.

What is the Group?s goal? The task is this Group is to provide a venue for people to learn how to live a mindful, recovery oriented lifestyle. In every meeting, participants will encounter a warm and loving community where one will learn how to apply buddhist principles and practices to transcend the suffering caused by craving and addiction, and find peace and freedom.

What do we meaning by craving? Craving and addiction can constitute many sufferings such as overeating, drugs, alcohol, porn, gambling, tv, nicotine, caffeine, sex, relationships, etc, etc.

12 Step video. Click below to see and listen about this special community.

For more information, to sign up to for its e-mailing list, or to get directions, visit its web page in our Social Action Project web site.

BCA Bookstore

Thinking about buying a Buddhist Bodhi Day gift for someone or even yourself? The BCA Bookstore is the largest Shin Buddhist (Jodo Shinshu) store/online store in North America. It is now offering free shipping on all domestic orders. If you are looking for malas called ojuzu (meditation beads), an Amida scroll or Shin books, this is a great place to purchase them.

We highly suggest the newest Shin book, The Call of the Infinite.

Other Recommended books:

River of Fire, River of Water
Shin Buddhism: Bit?s of Rubble turned into Gold.
Dharma Breeze
The Buddha of Infinite Light
Buddhism of the Heart

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