UUCF Buddhist Fellowship
During the pandemic, the next 7 days of Zoom meditation groups are listed on the righthand side of our homepage.
We are grateful to be able to offer many regular options for deepening your meditation practice:
(1) Sunday Morning UU Buddhist Fellowship
- 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays at 9:00am on Zoom (link on righthand side of our homepage)
- 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 "It's Easier Than You Think" by Sylvia Boorstein. (A list of previous books studied is available here.)
- Email to be added to our Buddhist Fellowship contact list.
(2) Monday Evening Meditation Group
Join us for a weekly at 7:30 p.m. (Zoom), link available at homepage;
(3) Thursday Evening Meditation Group
Join us for a weekly at 7:00 p.m. (Zoom), facilitated by UUCF Buddhist Fellowship member Lynn Wagner, link available at homepage
- All are welcome; no meditation experience required!
- To receive weekly e-mails specifically about this Thursday evening meditation group, email .
(3) Saturday Mini-Retreats
Learn more about periodic Meditation-Yoga (or Meditation-only) Mini-Retreats with Irene Glasse & Carl Gregg
- Going Deeper with Your Meditation Practice: recommendations available at frederickuu.org/meditation
- Books, Guided meditations, and more: recommendations available here
- The Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship
- The Faith of a Unitarian Universalist Buddhist
- What is Unitarian Universalist Buddhism?
- 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)
- Contemplative-Curious: What Happens on an 8-Day Meditation Retreat? (December 10, 2017)
- The Dharma of "The Princess Bride” (January 28, 2018)
- How to Practice Self-Compassion (February 18, 2018)
- How to be "10% Happier” (September 8, 2019)
- Meditation, Neuroscience, Psychedelics: Who Am I? Who Are You? Who Are We? (June 7, 2020)
- Even One Deep Breath Can Make a Difference: How to Change the Channel in Your Mind (30 August 2020)
- Love, Rage, & Radical Dharma (January 31, 2021)
- Yasodhara: The Forgotten Story of the Buddha's Wife (August 1, 2021)
- Contemplative Cross-Training: Six Ways to Meditate; or, How Do You Know If You Are Making Progress in Meditation? (August 14, 2022)
- Full list available in our Topical Sermon Archive
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.)