This BFF Newsletter includes 9/14. Middletown: Water Ceremony/Interconnected & Embraced by Great Compassion BFF Middletown?s Calendar of Topics & activities for August/Sept 2008 BEWARE: we will be on Summer Recess soon (see below) VOLUNTEERS WANTED: BFF Fundraising Committee looking for volunteers & about next meeting Photos of Shin Retreat with Taitetsu & Mark Unno + Podcast Annual Buddhist Pilgrimage in August NEIBS Courses: Discovering Shin Buddhism is open for early registration NASBA News?announcing new Argentinean sangha How to Become a BFF/NASBA member? Special Thanks to Sheila Mullen & Wesleyan University a& active members MIDDLETOWN BUDDHIST CALENDAR
Summer Recess from 7/21 to 9/13
Wesleyan University is closed
No Sunday morning gatherings BFF Buddhist Pilgrimage
Annual BFF Buddhist Pilgrimage the Monasteries and Temples in New York State. Includes: Chuang Yen Monastery, Zen Mountain Monastery (morning dharma service), KTD Monastery (with Chenrezig Puja) and the Catskill Zen Monastery.
Experience the mosaic of Buddhism from Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan and Korean styles of practice, ritual and architecture. Free but the cost of gas, tolls etc will be shared. Carpooling will be the mode of transportation.
Participants can either camp at the Kenneth L. Wilson campground and at a local hotel. Hotel reservations must be made by participants.
Date: weekend of 8/16-17.
Time: leaving Wethersfield on Saturday at 7 a.m. & returning on Sunday 8:00 p.m.
Starting points: Wethersfield & Southington. We?ll give you directions via e-mail.
E-mail us if you are participating. Deadline is 8/14. Let us know of you are coming, have a tent/camping gear/can drive, etc. [address removed]
9/14. Interconnected and Embraced by Great Compassion. Explore the experience of transcending the egoic self through 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 www.bffct.net VOLUNTEERS WANTED:
]BFF Fundraising Committee
If you are looking to get involved with the BFF, we need volunteers to our active Fundraising Committee. If you are interested or are already a member, there will be a meeting at Javapooloza, Main Street in Middletown, Ct on Tuesday the 22nd at 6:30 to discuss fundraising efforts for the Buddha Faith Fellowship?s future Center.
Committee Chairperson Kelly Knox says, ?I hope to see you all there, invite others you know who may be interested.? E-MAIL Kelly for more information @ [address removed] Shin Buddhism Retreat Photos & Podcast
7/11-13. Annual Shin Buddhism Retreat was at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Massachusetts. Two well-known father and son teachers: Dr. Taitetsu Unno and Dr. Mark Unno lead the retreat. This is a highly transformational event. See pics online. Also the Unnos? talk at the Northampton Shin Sangha was Podcast. See our Podcast page. @ www.bffct.net Autumn Buddhist Courses
NEIBS Autumn Courses Registrations for the popular Discovering Shin Buddhism and Spiritual Maturity & Leadership Courses are now open till at the end of September. Limited space but unlimited as correspondence courses outside Ct. Visit us @ http://dharmaquest.bffct.net/
Visit North American Shin Association (NASBA) at http://buddhistfaith.tripod.com/
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 www.bffct.net
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.
Recommended Books and Buddhist Reading Room. This web page has new suggested Shin books including River of Fire, River of Water 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 ANNUAL SHIN RETREAT & 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 www.bffct.net 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. http://buddhistfaith.tripod.com/memberships/ A Special Thanks
The BFF of Ct has closed another school year at Wesleyan University in Middleton, Connecticut. We wishes to give a special thanks to our Wesleyan University sponsor, Ms. Sheila Mullen, for her annual support. We couldn?t do it with her. Her commitment to the BFF of Ct has provided us with the beautiful space at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies.
Furthermore, we wish to give thanks to Wesleyan University for their continual help in all of our efforts; this includes the gracious students of Wesleyan?s Buddha House.
Finally, we are so grateful for the many volunteers who make our Middletown faith community so special, a true Pure Land of love and understanding. Your New Mailing Address
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