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Dec. Newsletter – Holiday Ideas, Buddhism 101, Next Buddhist Film Festival Movie, etc

From: Buddhist Faith F.
Sent on: Thursday, December 2, 2010 10:28 PM

This BFF of Ct/NASBA Newsletter includes:

Middletown?s December Schedule
Buddhist Holiday Ideas - Happy Bodhi Day!
Discovering Buddhism 101 Course ? registration open
12 Step Buddhist Group in Ct ? every Wednesday ? new location
Our Newest Buddhist Chapters
BCA Bookstore (Free shipping) & our recommended Shin books


Happy Bodhi Day!

?Feliz D?a del Despertar

Bodhi Day Traditional date ? Dec 8th
or Bodhi Day Sunday on Dec 19

Mansfield Freeman Center of East Asian Studies
343 Washington Terrace,
Wesleyan University
Middletown, Connecticut

10 ? 12 p.m.

12/05. Murder, Crime and Punishment. This talk and discussion will explore the Buddhist view on criminality, karma, rebirth and justice. Does Buddhism condone lethal self defense? Does Buddhism prohibit the capital punishment? What is the role of compassion in crime and punishment? What are the karmic repercussions of crime? Presented by Daikan.

12/12. Big Self, Small Self?Just As You Are. According to Shin, awakening (shinjin) is not attainable unless we embrace our shadow side and live our lives from its truest source. So, what is our false self? And our truest and real nature? How is it that Other Power functions on a continual basis in our lives? Why does this all matter in your daily life? Presented by Ryusan.

12/19. Bodhi Day Sunday - Buddha's Enlightenment Day. Come and celebrate with your friends and family Bodhi Day with a multi-media presentation of the Buddha's enlightenment under the Bo tree over 2,500 years ago. Includes sacred chants, music, the enlightenment story and discussion. Great for families. Let's celebrate what the Buddha discovered for humanity. Lead by Senpai.

Winter Recess until January 23, 2010

For BFF of Ct?s 2010 schedule & directions click below

Buddhist Holiday Ideas

Bodhi Day Traditional date ? Dec 8th
or Bodhi Day Sunday on Dec 19

Tis the season to celebrate the coming of light into our suffering world. American Buddhists too celebrate this season with reflection, rededication, gifts and family. You don?t have to abandon your Christmas or Hanukkah traditions but you can modify them to have a Buddhist flavor or simply do something different.

Visit our web site to learn more on how to celebrate this Holiday season.

To learn more about Bodhi Day visit Wikipedia at

Remember that the BFF of Ct in Middletown will celebrate Bodhi Day Sunday on December 19, 2010. See our schedule above for details.

Discovering Buddhism Course 101

Are you interested in learning about Buddhism from the bottom up?

Begins January 30, 2011

Registration is now open until January 9

The Discovering Buddhism Course 101 is our New England Institute of Buddhist Studies? most popular and comprehensive course that surveys the Buddha's life and teachings, and how they may be applied to 21st century America. It is open to beginners to intermediate levels.

6 Months that will Change your Life

This comprehensive 101 course is known for its insightful class discussions and plenty of opportunities to learn and practice the necessary spiritual tools to help you awaken to the Oneness of Reality and discover your life?s purpose. The vast majority of the students who previously have taken this course have commented that this course has been the key vehicle in their spiritual transformation. Most would say that 101 is not just a course but a unique experience that helps you realize your inner potential of faith, compassion and understanding.

Enrollment Limited.

For more details and/or to register, visit

Buddhist Film Festival

December 15, 7 p.m. Middletown

with the 2004 Grand Bell Award film
?Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter?Spring?

Our 2nd annual Buddhist Film Festival of Connecticut returns on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 in Middletown. From November 2010 through April 2011, we will showcase 6 cinemagraphic works that explore the Buddhist spiritual experience or that take on Buddhist themes. This Buddhist Film festival is an educational program of the New England Institute for Buddhist Studies.

Pre-show Dinner: 5:30 p.m. ? 6:30 p.m. at either Pho Mai Vietnamese Restaurant or Iguanas Ranas Taquer?a (Connect coordinator below to confirm)

Show Time: 7 p.m. ? 9 p.m.

Location: Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center, 605 Main Street, Middletown.

Refreshments and bake goods will be available

Discussion: after each film a short period of discussion will take place.

Complimentary book: all guests may receive the classic Teachings of the Buddha which is the most translated and highly distributed Buddhist book in the world.

Cost: free of charge but a donation is greatly appreciated to cover the cost of the room and other incidentals.

Showcase Event Dates

December 15: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter....Spring is set on a floating island, where a wise man and his student live the wisdom and compassion of Zen and the Buddhist teachings. A stunning movie! a contemplation in motion. Winner of the Grand Bell Award 2004 for Best Film.

To learn more and see trailer, visit

January 19: Travelers & Magicians

February 16: Milarepa

March 20: to be announced

April 20: to be announced

For more information, e-mail the Festival?s Coordinator at
[address removed]

12 Step Buddhist Group

Experience Liberation from Addiction & Craving

Meeting every Wednesday, 7 p.m.

New Location

Church of the Holy Trinity
381 Main St
Middletown, CT 06457

Looking to be addiction or craving free? Are your seeking to be sober, clean and free? We have established the first Buddhist 12 Step Group for addiction recovery in the State of Connecticut. You do not have to be a Buddhist to participate or benefit from our 12 Step Group. It is a unique group that seeks recovery from all sorts of craving and addiction through the Buddha's Way.

This non-sectarian group meets on Wednesday evenings at 7 ? 8:30 @ Church of the Holy Trinity, Middletown. To learn more visit our web site below.

Newest NASBA Chapters

We would like to welcome our newest affiliated chapters in California and in Alabama.

The Sacramento Buddhist Fellowship in Roseville, California gathers most Sundays for practice. Hosted by Practice Leader Ms. T. Brown.

The Phenix Buddhist Fellowship in the heart of Dixie, Alabama, gathers on a regular basis. Hosted by Practice Leader Mr. T. Kellett.

BCA Bookstore

Thinking about buying a Buddhist Bodhi Day gift for someone or even yourself? The BCA Bookstore is the largest Shin Buddhist (Jodo Shinshu) store/online store in North America. It is now offering free shipping on all domestic orders. If you are looking for malas called ojuzu (meditation beads), an Amida scroll or Shin books, this is a great place to purchase them.

We highly suggest the newest Shin book, The Call of the Infinite.

Other Recommended books:

River of Fire, River of Water
Shin Buddhism: Bit?s of Rubble turned into Gold.
Dharma Breeze
The Buddha of Infinite Light
Buddhism of the Heart

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