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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


  • Books, Guided meditations, and more: recommendations available here



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.)