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UUCF Buddhist Fellowship

We are grateful to be able to offer five regular options for deepening your meditation practice:

(1) Sunday Morning UU Buddhist Fellowship

  • No previous experience or knowledge is required, nor do you need to bring a meditation cushion (although you may); most people meditate in the chairs already in the chapel.
  • You do not need to have read the assigned book chapter in advance to participate in the discussion. We are currently studying No Time Like the Present by Jack Kornfield
  • Contact email Nancy Hutchins (nhutchins471 at comcast dot net) to be added to our Buddhist Fellowship contact list.

Fall, Winter, & Spring Schedule

  • 1st & 3rd Sundays
  • 10:30am - 11:20am (Chapel)

Summer Schedule

(from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend)

  • 1st & 3rd Sundays (Chapel)
  • 9:00am - 9:30am Meditation
  • 9:30am - 10:20am Open Discussion, usually based on a book.

(2) Wednesday Daytime Meditation Group

11:00 a.m. in the Chapel, starting December 6 2017--facilitated by UUCF member Alice MacDonald (, 240-815-5406).

  • We will begin with 45 minutes of silent meditation, but anyone is welcome to meditate for less time, then quietly slip out if that is your preference.
  • This is not strictly a "Buddhist" meditation, but rather an open time for individuals to join in a time of silent group meditation using whatever personal practice you choose.

(3) Thursday Evening Meditation Group

Join us for a weekly at 7:00 p.m. (Chapel), facilitated by UUCF Buddhist Fellowship member Lynn Wagner

  • All are welcome; no meditation experience required!
  • To receive weekly e-mails specifically about this Thursday evening meditation group, email .

(4) Thursday Evening Buddhism-based Addiction Recovery Group

Join us for weekly for Open Meetings at 7:00 p.m. (Room 125).

  • Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that uses Buddhist practices and philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process.
  • Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced.
Visit refugerecovery.org for more information.

(5) Saturday Mini-Retreats

Learn more about periodic Meditation-Yoga (or Meditation-only) Mini-Retreats with Irene Glasse & Carl Gregg

Previous Book Studies

Links of Interest


How to Meditate
Buddhist-themed Sermons by Rev. Carl

How Buddhism Began

"Are you a god?" they asked. "No." "An angel?" "No." "A saint?" "No." "Then what are you?"

Buddha answered, "I am awake."

His answer became his title, for this is what the word Buddha means. The Sanskrit root budh denotes both to wake up and to know. Buddha, then, means the "Enlightened One" or the "Awakened One." While the rest of the world was wrapped in the womb of sleep, dreaming a dream known as the waking state of human life, one of their number roused himself. Buddhism begins with a man who shook off the daze, the doze, the dream-like vagaries of ordinary awareness. It begins with the man who woke up.
--Huston Smith, "The Man Who Woke Up"

A Vision of 21st-century Buddhism

“The Buddha predicted that the next Buddha would be Maitreya, the Buddha of love…. It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community [sangha], a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. And the practice can be carried out as a group, as a city, as a nation, [as a world, as a cosmos].” -Thich Nhat Hanh

(The short link to this page is frederickuu.org/buddhism.)