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June’s Newsletter: upcoming Shin Retreat, Buddha’s Brain & Summer Solstice

From: Buddhist Faith F.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 6:40 PM

Our Calendar 2012

06/17. Buddha’s Brain. Can we shape our own brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom? This talk and Q & A will explore new breakthroughs in neuroscience, combined with the insights from thousands of years of Buddhist practice. Based on the book Buddha’s Brain, this talk will offer practical tools and skills enhance the brain’s potential for greater peace and well-being. Presented by Sachi.

06/24. Summer Solstice. Celebrate the wonderful of life with light, balance and renewal by chanting the seven chakras and reflecting on a very buddhist words with time-lapse photography of a benedictine monk, David Steindl-Rast on nature, beauty and by grateful everyday. Presented by Senpai Daishin.

07/01. Q & A - Questions about Buddhism? On the Buddha? On meditation? On Shin Buddhism? On Shin daily practice? Our in house anti--scholar leads a question and answer while fellow sangha members join in to quench your curiosity! Presented by Abhaya.

For BFF of Ct’s 2012 long term schedule of talks, events,

Retreats, field trips & directions click below


Shin Buddhist Retreat/Workshop

Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, Barre, Ma

August 10-12, 2012

This annual and unique retreat/workshop will take place on August 10 -12 in Barre, Ma, from Friday 7:30 p.m. – Sunday 2 p.m. It will explore the deeper dimensions of Shin Buddhism and looks into how the Shin teachings may be applied in everyday life. Also, it surveys Shin’s larger philosophical and cultural contexts, taking up the core issues, dissolving dualistic boundaries, and ultimately assists the participants in realizing the oneness of reality (Pure Land).

The discussions are based on the works of Shinran Shonin [masked]) contained in the classical Tannisho (Lamenting the Deviations). The weekend consists of dharma talks, open discussion, and free inquiry, as well as quiet sitting and sutra chanting. Presented by Dr. Mark Unno, the son of Dr. Taitetsu Unno.

Open to the very beginner to the most advanced. This event is highly recommended to all who attend the Sunday morning gatherings of the Buddhist Faith Fellowship and its chapters including Family Dharma and the 12 Step Buddhist Group. This is not a BFF of Ct retreat but is offered by the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, in Massachusetts. This annual retreat is unique in North America.

For more information and/or to register visit Limited Enrollment.


Become a Member/Renew Your Membership

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.

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