This BFF of Ct/NASBA Newsletter includes:
BFF of Ct’s August Calendar
Shin Retreat Weekend with Dr. Mark Unno
Family Buddhist Sunday School
Member’s Offer Their Services – Massage, Reiki & Acupuncture
Become a Member or Renew Your Membership
12 Step Buddhist Group – every Monday in Middletown
Shin Web Sites – Journal of Buddhist Shin
MIDDLETOWN BUDDHIST SCHEDULE
Mansfield Freeman Center of East Asian Studies
343 Washington Terrace,
10 – 12 p.m.
This Month Topics & Events at BFF of Ct
08/07. The True and Creative Life. How do we make
life the best, most meaningful and beautiful? How is it that the Shin Buddhist path can open our lives to deep awareness and moment to moment freshness? Learn how creativity is the realization of life itself. Presented by Senpai.
08/12-14. Shin Buddhist Retreat Weekend. Learn about and/or deepen your experience with the Pure Land teachings with Dr. Mark Unno. This is the best Shin Buddhist event of the year for the east coast of the USA. It is known to be a transformative experience that can change your life.
Open to beginner's to the most advanced. We recommend that you register early because the Barre Center fills up and enrollment is limited. Visit the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Massachusetts for details and sign up.
IMPORTANT - There will a no gathering in Middletown at 10 a.m.
08/21. Grace Invincible. How is it that lost, despair and confusion can be transformed in the substance of
purpose, love and understanding? What is the shadow? What is the Primal Vow of Grace? How can we experience faith, hope and salvation? Participants of the previous weekend Shin retreat will reflect on and share their retreat experience. Presented by Senpai.
08/28. Buddha’s Gift. What did the historical Buddha give to all of us? What is the gateless gate? Can we make ourselves enlightened? What is the nature of enlightenment? This talk/discussion will answer these questions and more. Presented by Senpai.
09/04 No gathering. Labor Day Weekend
Our Calendar 2011
For BFF of Ct’s 2011 long term schedule of talks, events,
Retreats, field trips & directions click below
Shin Buddhist Retreat
A transformative experience
The annual Shin Buddhist Retreat Weekend will take place at the Barre Center for Buddhist
Studies in Mass on August 12-14.
Learn about and/or deepen your spiritual experience with the Pure Land teachings with Dr. Mark Unno. This is the best Shin Buddhist event of the year for the east coast of the USA. It is known to be a transformative experience that can change your life. We highly recommend that you consider attending this event. You will not be disappointed.
Open to beginner's to the most advanced. We recommend that you register early because the Barre Center fills up and enrollment is limited. Visit the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Massachusetts for details and sign up. The web site is http://www.dharma.org/bcbs/
The Barre Center’s Campus is probably full but don’t let this deter you from attending. There are plenty of B & B places nearby and what’s more, the Barre Center will give you a sharp discount on tuition to help offset the extra expense of staying outside of its campus.
IMPORTANT - There will no gathering in Middletown at 10 a.m. for those not attending the retreat.
Come to learn together!
Connecticut’s only Buddhist Sunday School
10:00 a.m. to 12 noon.
Twice a month
At the Buddhist Faith Fellowship in Middletown
Designed especially for families interested in learning to live the Buddha’s Way
Open House & Inauguration
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Please RSVP by Sept. 9th
Pre-school, Kindergarten, & 1st to 12th grades
Registration is simple.
Just let us know the name, age, grade of your child,
If they have any special needs, if they have some prior knowledge of Buddhism
& when will you be attending
Please send your information and any questions you may have to
Our Family Dharma Coordinator Tom Pepper at
(Check-out meetup.com for our calendar
Members Offer Services
Massage, Reiki, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Below are some of discounted services that BFF of Ct members and friends are offering to our members and friends in Central Connecticut.
Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Dr. Stephen Greenberg, Doctor .of Acupuncture, R.I. He is a Nat. Board Certified in Acupuncture and Oriental Herbology and licensed by State of Ct. Also, he has been in practice for 26 years and offers his services with a gentle touch and compassion. Dr. Greenberg is offering a 20% Discount for Sangha members and friends.
He is located on 124 Hebron Ave. Glastonbury, Ct. 06033. You may contact him via e-mail: [address removed]
Massage & Reiki
Donelle Mann is an experienced and talented licensed massage therapist for 17 years now. Working with everyone from
athletes to the geriatric population. She had her business Bodywise in Rocky Hill from 1998 to 2007 and then spent some time in Florida and then the past few years in Arizona. She is now back in the Rocky Hill area making home visits and also working at in office in Cheshire. She specializes in deep tissue massage, working with clients with chronic pain such as arthritis, herniated disc and with all types of injuries. She performs pregnancy massage, foot reflexology, relaxation and facial rejuvenation massage along with reiki healing (ancient Japanese healing). She combines relaxation techniques along with deeper swedish tissue massage for total healing and relaxation. She also enjoys working with clients recovering from cancer and helping to speed up the recovery process and feeling more balanced with reiki healing.
She looks forward to meeting and working with a new clientele along with past clients and will be opening an office in the
Rocky Hill or Cromwell area. For now she will come to your home with the massage table, music, and everything you need for a relaxing massage.
For all BFFCT members, a 25% discount ....1/2 hour is regularly $35 and will be $25 and a 1 hour massage is regularly $65 and will be $49 and 1 1/2 hour massage is regularly $100 and will be $75.
You may contact Donelle at (860)[masked] or email her at [address removed].
Become a Member
Help out in paying your sangha’s expenses transformative experience
If you are not a BFF of CT/NASBA member, consider becoming one. If your membership has lapsed, please think about renewing it.
Your membership donations help considerably the financial help of the sangha. It helps pay for our various web sites – our BFF of Ct sites, Meetup up groups etc, - in addition, it helps us in paying Wesleyan University for the space, scholarships for
retreats, our Film Festival and sangha incubation (start-ups) like our 12 Step Buddhist Group etc.
Importantly, it also provides steady income so that in the future when we are ready to sign up for a mortgage for our Center, we can show banks that we have consistent revenues in order to make monthly payments.
You may become a member for as little as $10 per month. Visit our Membership web site for details, benefits and sign up information. Please consider helping your sangha meet its needs now and for the future.
The BFF of Ct is a tax exempt organization, under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code. This means that donations are tax deductible.
12 Step Buddhist Group
Experience liberation from addiction & craving
Meeting every Monday, 7 p.m.
Church of the Holy Trinity
381 Main St
Looking to be addiction or craving free? Are your seeking to be sober, clean and free? We have established the first Buddhist 12 Step Group for addiction recovery in the State of Connecticut. You do not have to be a Buddhist to participate or benefit from our 12 Step Group. It is a unique group that seeks recovery from all sorts of craving and addiction through the Buddha's Way.
This non-sectarian group meets on Monday evenings at 7 – 8:30 @ Church of the Holy Trinity, Middletown. To learn more visit our web site below.
Inspirational Shin Readings
Learning to live the teachings is an essential component on the path. We recommend to all of our members and friends to visit the following two web sites to acquire a deepening of basic knowledge of the Way and trust in the Primal Vow.
First we highly suggest the Australian based, Journal of Shin Buddhism. It
explores the Shin Way with depth and extent. Visit http://www.nembutsu.info/
Secondly, we recommend Notes on the Nembutsu. This site provides well written reflections on the poems, verses and writings of Shinran Shonin’s works. It is a good orientation for those less familiar with this tradition.
Finally, for those who have more knowledge of the Shin Way, we suggest you delve directly into the writings of Master Shinran Shonin. Some of his writing can be technical so perhaps you can start with his Letters and Notes. His hymns are quite inspirational too.
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