What we're about

Like our Sister Group in Stuart Florida, we are a peer led group that focuses on Buddhist practice and inquiry. Our membership reflects many diverse beliefs in one of the world's oldest and most heterogeneous religions. For many modern students and practitioners, Buddhism has become less of a religion and more of a series postulations and methods designed to help the human condition evolve in a kinder, more comprehensive direction.

The principles the Buddha taught 2500 years ago have led to happier lives for countless human beings. Buddhist teachings apply today more than ever in reducing stress, providing peace, encouraging mental stability and enhancing understanding of living and dying. Buddhism teaches that the mind and our concepts are the cause of our unnecessary problems and that the mind can be positively influenced by reflection and meditation.

The Buddhist Study and Meditation Groups of Newburyport and Stuart Florida are an interstate experiment in spiritual participatory democracy, exploring the diversity and inclusiveness within Buddhist thinking and practice. This peer-led approach encourages regular participants to teach/present Buddhist related topics.

We invite beginners, experienced Buddhist practitioners of all persuasions, as well as people curious about Buddhism to attend our meetings.  Because of the pandemic, we have moved to the Zoom platform. We 'meet' at 6:30PM every Thursday with a 30 minute meditation, followed by a Dharma talk/presentation, or a book study and group discussion until 8:00 PM. You will receive the Zoom link when you RSVP to each event.

If you wish to remain a member, we ask that you attend a meeting or visit our Meetup web page at least once every 6 months. It is also recommended for those who are not familiar with meditation to request a brief meeting for individual meditation instruction. This can happen prior to a meeting. You can contact Alida Bryant at info@harbordharma.net.

Upcoming events (4+)

Mind and its Potential, as Brought to Us by Debra Klein

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The mind is an amazing thing and we would love to have you join us for a conversation about what Buddhists see as our 6th sense. In fact, Buddhism has been called a 'philosophy of the mind,' although given our wonderfully vocal group, there will probably be some push back as to whether or not Buddhism exceeds a mere 'philosophy' of anything.

We are the Buddhist Study and Meditation Group of Newburyport and All Over the World. Our community celebrates insight, debate, analysis, fun, and laughter. Some of us have been practicing for 20 years and others are brand new to Buddhism. We love beginners. Hope to see you on May 19th.

Are There Many Paths in Buddhism or Really Just One?

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We would love to have you join us for a discussion of whether there are many paths in Buddhism or really just one. As our discussions are always lively you can count on there being some debate as to how we view Buddhism; can we see it as a historical phenomenon that can be critically examined or should we maintain a perspective that sees it as a non-historical discourse that shows us the way to ultimate reality? Maybe we can do both.

As we take our conversational cues from "Cynicism and Magic" by Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, we are told at the beginning of the book to be cynical--what wonderful advice in a world where so much is promised--the 7 day diet, the solution to hair loss, and having thinner thighs in 30 days. In other words, there's a lot to be cynical about.

You don't need to read the book to participate in our discussions, but if you wish to get the book, use the link below.

https://dealoz.com/New-Used-Books/Cynicism-And-Magic/9781611808094?query=Cynicism%20and%20Magic

We are the Buddhist Study and Meditation Group of Newburyport and All Over the World. Our community celebrates insight, debate, analysis, fun, and laughter. Some of us have been practicing for 20 years and others are brand new to Buddhism. We love beginners. Hope to see you on May 26th.

Developing a Sense of Openness or Open Your Heart and Relax

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The world we live in is a crazy, speedy, and oftentimes nonsensical place. So we would love to have you join our conversation about how we can develop a sense of openness when what we really want to do is duck and cover.

As we take our conversational cues from "Cynicism and Magic" by Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, we are told at the beginning of the book to be cynical--what wonderful advice in a world where so much is promised--the 7 day diet, the solution to hair loss, and having thinner thighs in 30 days. In other words, there's a lot to be cynical about.

You don't need to read the book to participate in our discussions, but if you wish to get the book, use the link below.

https://dealoz.com/New-Used-Books/Cynicism-And-Magic/9781611808094?query=Cynicism%20and%20Magic

We are the Buddhist Study and Meditation Group of Newburyport and All Over the World. Our community celebrates insight, debate, analysis, fun, and laughter. Some of us have been practicing for 20 years and others are brand new to Buddhism. We love beginners. Hope to see you on June 2nd.

Donation Basket

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Here is our virtual donation basket. Your gift will support the various expenses for our meetings - Zoom, Meetup, rent (for later!) and incidental costs. You can send money to

paypal.me/DharmaGroups

Thank you!

Past events (256)

It is Possible to Challenge Karma: Bring it on!

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