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7/6: topic: I Bow to Inconceivable Light, Calendar + Shin Retreat: last call

From: Buddhist Faith F.
Sent on: Thursday, July 3, 2008 7:09 PM
This BFF Newsletter


7/8. Middletown: I Bow to Inconceivable Light

BFF Middletown?s Calendar of Topics for July/Sept 2008

BEWARE: we will be on Summer Recess soon (see below)

Shin Retreat/Workshop with Taitetsu & Mark Unno; mid-July

Registration open? barely

NASBA News?announcing new Argentinean sangha

How to Become a BFF/NASBA member?


Summer/Autumn Theme:

Buddhism in Everyday Life

7/6. I Bow with Inconceivable Light. Learn about the day to day practice of Shin. A discussion of local people who have experienced spiritual transformation through Buddhist practice. How has the Shin Buddhist teachings and practice transform the NEIBS? graduates and the members of the BFF congregation? Includes an exploration on daily practice strategies.

Includes a short graduation ceremony of the Buddhism 101 students of the New England Institute of Buddhist Studies. A lovely ceremony covering the core of Buddhism that is open to all. Graduates and Affirmees are asked to invite friends and family to this event.

7/13. You Choose The Topic! Jeff Zyjeski will lead a discussion on what's on the sangha's mind at the moment regarding Buddhism, Shin and practice. What do you want to know about Buddhism?

7/20. Freedom. What does freedom mean in Buddhism? A lokk into the religion of liberation for all without exception. Presented by Robert Orsi. This will be the last Sunday morning gathering till September 14th.

Summer Recess from 7/21 to 9/13

Weselyan University is closed

No Sunday morning gatherings

9/14. Interconnected and Embraced by Great Compassion. Explore the experience of transcending the egoic self throught our annual Water Ceremony, in which members and friends bring and pour a vial of water into a large and clear vase. The water represents a place they visited or a certain experience during the summer break in which they felt interconnected with life and/or being embraced by the Oneness of Reality. The water may really come from a place or may be symbolic (tap water).

9/21. Living within Light. An insightful and heartfelt discussion into the day to day practice of Shin using the lyrics of the Buddhist spiritual "Gassho with Amida" as the basis of discussion.

For BFF?s schedule & directions click below

Annual Shin Buddhism Retreat

with Dr Unno?this is the last call.

7/11-13. Annual Shin Buddhism Retreat at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Massachusetts. Two well-known father and son teachers: Dr. Taitetsu Unno and Dr. Mark Unno will lead the retreat. This is a highly recommended event. $190 for the weekend. Perfect for beginners and advanced.

Visit the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies web site for more information and to register. Fills up early. We suggest you register asap.


Visit North American Shin Association at

Buddhism in America web page: Updated in July 2008 to include the surprising results and problems with Pew Forum's U.S Religious Landscape Survey. Visit Buddhism in America web page at

Welcome to new NASBA Sangha. We warmly welcome our newest affiliated community in Argentina, called the Grupo Budista de C?rdoba. This group's Practice Leader is Rodrigo Pedraza C?cere. See our NASBA web site for link.

New NEIBS Autumn Courses Registrations for the popular Discovering Shin Buddhism and Spiritual Maturity & Leadership Courses will be open starting at the end of July. Limited space but unlimited as correspondence courses outside Ct. Visit

Recommended Books and Buddhist Reading Room. This web page has new suggested Shin books including Shin Buddhism by Taitetsu Unno. Also we have a Google link to the documentary video of the book The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins.

New Photos on our Community Album: Includes the TOUCHING PEACE retreat 2008, Memorial day picnic and the Flower Festival (Buddha's Birthday) 2008. See our Community Photo Album web site for link at

Become a BFF/NASBA Member

Help us fundraise for our Buddhist Center in the future. Become a Supporting Member of the Buddhist Faith Fellowship online. Anyone can join, Buddhists and non-Buddhists, Connecticut residents, Affiliated Chapter members and beyond. We appreciate your financial support in order to establish our own Buddhist Center, thereby not relying on university bureaucrats. See Memberships web site.


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