What we're about

“…educating children with warm hearts and clear heads; children who will one day help to create a more compassionate, intelligent and peaceful world.”– Inspired by the words of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

What is Buddhist Family Practice?

Buddhist Family Practice is an opportunity for families with children to practice mindfulness and learn traditional Buddhist teachings such as compassion, interdependence, and gratitude. It follows the general format of the Buddhist Faith Fellowship’s regular bi-weekly gathering, but in a shorter, more relaxed format, with elements tailored to children under 13. All ages are welcome!

Where and when do we meet?

We meet at the Wesleyan University Campus in Middletown, Connecticut, at the same location as the regular Buddhist Faith Fellowship gathering:

College of East Asian Studies
Wesleyan University,
343 Washington Terrace
Middletown, Connecticut

We generally meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 9:00 A.M. Please check our calendar for updates and to RSVP.

Join us on Facebook

You are invited to join our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/246808842444177/) for discussion, event postings, and sharing of resources.

Your Generosity is Appreciated

Our practice is run by volunteers, but we have to pay for the room and other program costs.
A donation of $10 per family is suggested. (Checks can be made payable to BFF of CT.)

The BFF is incorporated in the State of Connecticut and registered as a 501(c)(3) so all donations are tax deductible.

Upcoming events (3)

Buddhist Family Practice

Wesleyan University's College of East Asian Studies

As a part of Buddhist Faith Fellowship of CT, we offer a special service geared toward families with children aged birth to twelve. Our meetings include: - Opening prayer and candle lighting - Setting our intentions (short prayers based on Buddhist teachings) - Mindfulness practices, including chanting, sitting meditation, and walking meditation - Readings and activities centered on Buddhist teachings Please dress comfortably. We have chairs and cushions available, but feel free to bring your favorite cushion from home. Younger children may wish to bring a favorite stuffed animal for "breathing buddy" meditation. A donation of $10 per family is suggested. We look forward to seeing you!

Buddhism 1.0 Course: Achieving Happiness

Wesleyan University's College of East Asian Studies

Discover the Buddha’s path on how to have a happy life full of awareness, compassion, and wisdom. This Buddhism 1.0 course will explore the Buddha’s 10 Perfections, his foundational teachings for realizing the Bodhisattva’s path for living with inner happiness and purpose. Uncover an ancient wisdom and way of life to realize inner freedom that reveal the inherent beauty and worth in every person, and awaken the mind to the wonder of this world. With our founding teacher, and one of Connecticut’s most well-known teachers, Rev. Senpai, this introductory Buddhism 1.0 module will survey topics such as cultivating ethical integrity, patience, resolve, lovingkindness and balance. Achieving Happiness will meet 3 times over a 3-month period. Open to beginners and veteran practitioners who are looking for a refresher course. Limited enrollment. Pre-requisites: none. To learn more and to register, visit our web site. https://bffct.org/bff/ And don’t forget to join us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/857386171041037/

Spring Mindfulness Retreat – experience serenity

Wesleyan University's College of East Asian Studies

With meditation teacher, Melissa Lewis RN, BSN the 18th annual Spring Mindfulness Retreat will take place at the beautiful Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. This 3-morning morning retreat offers for a little mental spring cleaning. It includes: basic sitting meditation instruction, conscious breathing, sitting, walking, and noble silence. The instructor will offer an introduction session to meditation prior to the retreat. Also, there are no prerequisites to attend; it’s for beginners to the most experienced. Register soon because retreat space is limited. Registration ends May 21, 2019. To learn more and to register, visit the Buddhist Faith Fellowship’s web site. https://bffct.org/bff/spring-mindfulness-retreat/ And don’t forget to join us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/857386171041037/

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