UUCF Buddhist Fellowship
We are grateful to be able to offer many 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 The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path by Ethan Nichtern
- Email to be added to our Buddhist Fellowship contact list.
Fall, Winter, & Spring Schedule
- 1st & 3rd Sundays
- 10:30am - 11:20am (Chapel)
(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) Saturday Mini-Retreats
Learn more about periodic Meditation-Yoga (or Meditation-only) Mini-Retreats with Irene Glasse & Carl Gregg
Previous Book Studies
- The Heart of the Revolution: The Buddha's Radical Teachings on Forgiveness, Compassion, and Kindness by Noah Levine.
- "Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book" by Daniel Ingram (available free online)
- "Mindfulness in Plain English" by Bhante Gunaratana (available free online)
- "When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times" by Pema Chodron
- "True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart" by Tara Brach
- Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology by Jack Kornfield
- The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening by Stephen Batchelor
- Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron
- No Time Like the Present by Jack Kornfield
Links of Interest
- The Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship
- The Faith of a Unitarian Universalist Buddhist
- What is Unitarian Universalist Buddhism?
- How to Meditate by Tara Brach
- The Mind Illuminated: A Complete Meditation Guide Integrating Buddhist Wisdom and Brain Science by Culadasa (John Yates), Ph.D.
- Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly: An in-depth, practice-oriented publication for Buddhists of all traditions
Buddhist-themed Sermons by Rev. Carl
- "Pragmatic Buddhism, Westernized Dharma, 21st-century Sangha"
- "Becoming a Buddha, not a Buddhist"
- The Fourth Turning of Buddhism
- What Happens When You Immerse Yourself in the Sound of Silence?
- From Baby Boomer Buddhism to Lodro Rinzler's Millennial Hipster Buddhism: Insights for Modern Life
- Beyond McMindfulness: How Not To Get Stuck in the Early Stages of Buddhist Meditation
- Hardwiring Happiness: How to Have More Positive Experiences in Your Life (August 28, 2016)
- What Comes "After Buddhism"? (February 25, 2017)
- Chogyam Trungpa, Freedom, and Meditation (June 11, 2017)
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.)