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Come and join us.

Discover liberation from craving and addiction.

Most Mondays

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Church of the Holy Trinity

381 Main Street, Middletown

WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU to our 12 Step Buddhist Group, a non- sectarian chapter of the Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut. We are a community focused on recovery.

We use both the buddhist version of the 12 Steps and the Buddha's Eightfold path to help us in our collective journey into a mindful and recovery oriented lifestyle. You do not need to be in any specific kind of recovery to participate in the group. We welcome anyone who struggles with the suffering associated with addiction and craving or those touch by them via family, friends and other relationships, and who seeks to cultivate freedom and peace through living mindfully.

Our meetings include inspirational Buddhist scriptural readings, silent meditation, mindfulness, prayer and plenty of discussion. Brief meditation instruction is always given to new guests. In addition, all guests will receive an inspirational gift book called, A Teaching A Day.

We are a complimentary approach to recovery. We are not a substitute. Seeing a therapist, doctor, counselor etc. are still advisable and necessary on the road to full recovery.

In order to see and listen about this unique community and to learn more about our basic philosophy, visit our 12 Step Buddhist YouTube video.

http://www.youtube.com/user/bffct2001 (http://www.youtube.com/user/bffct2001)

For Buddhists and Non-Buddhists

You do not need to be a Buddhist to participate in our group. Anyone can benefit from mindfulness practice and the buddhist teachings. Also, we are a non-sectarian Buddhist community open to the fundamental teachings accepted by all branches of the Buddhist tradition.

You also do not need to be in any specific kind of recovery to participate in our group. We welcome anyone who struggles with the suffering associated with craving and who seeks to cultivate peace through living mindfully.

A Circle of Equals

We are a circle of equals. No one member is more important than any other. Our group will only thrive if we choose to approach it in a spirit of compassion and interconnectedness. We ask that members be mindful of one another's anonymity and confidentiality.

Questions

If you are interested in participating or are looking for more information about our Buddhist 12 Step Group, please contact us at

buddha12step@hotmail.com

Free Parking

There is plenty of street parking in front of and in the rear of the church.

Our History

Founded in 2005, originally under the name of BUDDHA GAIA, it focused solely on environmental issues. We covered issues like global climate change and doing local community litter clean ups. Buddha Gaia was the social action arm of the Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut located in Middletown.

As time went on, new social action interests came to a fore, and we shifted our direction to ending craving and addiction. So, we renamed and reorganized ourselves as the 12 Buddhists, Social and Environmental Group in late 2008. The “Social and Environmental” part of our name was a throw back to the Buddha Gaia days but since 2008 we pretty much dedicated ourselves as a 12 Buddhist Group. So, finally in 2010 we renamed ourselves again to the 12 Step Buddhist Meetup to represent our sole mission to end craving and addiction through the Buddha’s teachings.

We are still a chapter of the Buddhist Faith Fellowship (BFF), but we do not promote any particlar buddhist school. We are non-sectarian arm of the BFF. Normally 6 -15 people attend our meetings and come from many venues, not just this Meetup.

What is the Buddhist Faith Fellowship? It is New England's largest Shin Buddhist community and the fastest growing Shin comununty in the USA with chapters in many states. To learn more visit

www.bffct.net

Upcoming events (5)

Buddhist Practice and Talk Meeting

Online event

2nd and 4th Sundays of the month Ideal for beginners to the most veteran practitioners Just attend, learn, and practice Open to the general public No experience necessary Twice a month, we explore the core teachings and practices of Buddhism as a philosophy of life. Our Practice & Talk meetings are a great way to learn about traditional Buddhism, for our 21st century context, in a nurturing, gentle, and systematic way. Our Practice & Talk meeting is divided in a three main segments: Reflection, Meditation, and Talk & Discussion. The first segment of the Sunday morning practice focuses on a couple of standard and short Buddhist rituals like going for refuge and a reciting a responsive reading; the second segment stresses meditation practices, which include voice and sitting meditation plus sutra (scriptural) chanting; the third portion of the Practice & Talk meeting is devoted to an intellectual engagement with the teachings. During this segment, there is no lecturing or sermonizing; participation is important but not required. The talk can be a discussion of a reading, a formal talk but it is always includes discussion and Q & A. The session becomes a learning experience for everyone including the teacher. To join the online Practice & Talk Meeting visit our main web site or click on the link below. https://zoom.us/j/311788946 Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you give yourself time to sign-in before the 9 a.m. meeting. Camera Shy? If you are, you can simply keep your computer camera off while in Zoom. It’s easy to do and it’s not a problem with us. Practice and Talk Meeting Rules: Practice kind speech, be courteous, and abstain from talking about current politics. Our Teacher: The Rev. Daishin Senpai is one of the Connecticut’s most well-known Buddhist teachers. With over 30 years of experience, our founder and senior teacher skillfully leads practitioners and guests into the world of Buddhism as a living and universal philosophy of life. Suggested Donation: $10 to help cover costs for using Zoom Video Communications, internet services, and standard operating costs. Thank you in advance for your generous support. To give a one-time donation, visit https://bffct.org/bff/give/ To become a supporting member, visit https://bffct.org/bff/online-membership-enrollment/

Stoa Buddhist Philosophy Meetup

Online event

Our online Stoa Buddhist Philosophy Group Meetings meets on the second and forth Wednesdays of the month, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. We hope you can join our warm and friendly group. No experience or knowledge necessary with Buddhism or Stoicism to join in and listen to our reading and discussion. Our new discussion book is titled, "Seneca: Dialogues and Essays" by Oxford World Classics. Please purchase this book from your favorite book seller such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble or via That Book Store on the Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield, Connecticut. It is important to know that "no experience or knowledge necessary with Stoicism or Buddhism". Prior reading is not required but is preferable. To join the Stoa Buddhist Meeting visit our main web site or click on the link below or visit the Stoa Buddhist, https://www.stoabuddhism.org/ or the Buddhist Faith Fellowship web sites. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/810005208?pwd=ZTNrSzJXVU0zNHRFVVFuQjdOdlgrZz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you give yourself time to sign-in before 6 p.m. meeting but if you can’t, you are welcomed to join us any time. Also, you can turn off your camera if you are camera shy. Stoa Buddhist Philosophy Group Rules: Practice kind speech, be courteous, and abstain from talking about current politics. Talking about ancient Greek/Roman or even up to the end of WW II is okay. Suggested Donation: $1 – $5 to help cover costs for using Zoom Video Communications, internet services, and standard operating costs. Thank you in advance for your generous support. Please visit, https://bffct.org/bff/give6

Buddhist Practice and Talk Meeting

Online event

2nd and 4th Sundays of the month Ideal for beginners to the most veteran practitioners Just attend, learn, and practice Open to the general public No experience necessary Twice a month, we explore the core teachings and practices of Buddhism as a philosophy of life. Our Practice & Talk meetings are a great way to learn about traditional Buddhism, for our 21st century context, in a nurturing, gentle, and systematic way. Our Practice & Talk meeting is divided in a three main segments: Reflection, Meditation, and Talk & Discussion. The first segment of the Sunday morning practice focuses on a couple of standard and short Buddhist rituals like going for refuge and a reciting a responsive reading; the second segment stresses meditation practices, which include voice and sitting meditation plus sutra (scriptural) chanting; the third portion of the Practice & Talk meeting is devoted to an intellectual engagement with the teachings. During this segment, there is no lecturing or sermonizing; participation is important but not required. The talk can be a discussion of a reading, a formal talk but it is always includes discussion and Q & A. The session becomes a learning experience for everyone including the teacher. To join the online Practice & Talk Meeting visit our main web site or click on the link below. https://zoom.us/j/311788946 Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you give yourself time to sign-in before the 9 a.m. meeting. Camera Shy? If you are, you can simply keep your computer camera off while in Zoom. It’s easy to do and it’s not a problem with us. Practice and Talk Meeting Rules: Practice kind speech, be courteous, and abstain from talking about current politics. Our Teacher: The Rev. Daishin Senpai is one of the Connecticut’s most well-known Buddhist teachers. With over 30 years of experience, our founder and senior teacher skillfully leads practitioners and guests into the world of Buddhism as a living and universal philosophy of life. Suggested Donation: $10 to help cover costs for using Zoom Video Communications, internet services, and standard operating costs. Thank you in advance for your generous support. To give a one-time donation, visit https://bffct.org/bff/give/ To become a supporting member, visit https://bffct.org/bff/online-membership-enrollment/

Stoa Buddhist Philosophy Meetup

Online event

Our online Stoa Buddhist Philosophy Group Meetings meets on the second and forth Wednesdays of the month, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. We hope you can join our warm and friendly group. No experience or knowledge necessary with Buddhism or Stoicism to join in and listen to our reading and discussion. Our new discussion book is titled, "Seneca: Dialogues and Essays" by Oxford World Classics. Please purchase this book from your favorite book seller such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble or via That Book Store on the Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield, Connecticut. It is important to know that "no experience or knowledge necessary with Stoicism or Buddhism". Prior reading is not required but is preferable. To join the Stoa Buddhist Meeting visit our main web site or click on the link below or visit the Stoa Buddhist, https://www.stoabuddhism.org/ or the Buddhist Faith Fellowship web sites. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/810005208?pwd=ZTNrSzJXVU0zNHRFVVFuQjdOdlgrZz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Password:[masked] WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you give yourself time to sign-in before 6 p.m. meeting but if you can’t, you are welcomed to join us any time. Also, you can turn off your camera if you are camera shy. Stoa Buddhist Philosophy Group Rules: Practice kind speech, be courteous, and abstain from talking about current politics. Talking about ancient Greek/Roman or even up to the end of WW II is okay. Suggested Donation: $1 – $5 to help cover costs for using Zoom Video Communications, internet services, and standard operating costs. Thank you in advance for your generous support. Please visit, https://bffct.org/bff/give6

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