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SHIN BUDDHIST FELLOWSHIP OF WEST HARTFORD

ABOUT THE SHIN BUDDHIST FELLOWSHIP

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The SBF offers many social and educational activities

The Shin Buddhist Fellowship (SBF) is an independent and progressive lay Buddhist community in West Hartford, Connecticut, established in 2004. We are a member community of the Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut.  We offer an open, caring, and nurturing environment for all who seek the Buddhist experience. We see ourselves as spiritual pioneers of the 21st century, expanding the boundaries of the Buddha Dharma and helping to create a new American Buddhism. Below explains the mission, inspiration, journey, practices of our independent network of  lay Buddhist congregations.

 

 

Our Mission: We are a Buddhist community for spiritual seekers of all ages. Our mission is to awaken to the heart of Great Compassion, to live by its calling, to gracefully experience the unfolding of Life, to practice loving kindness, and to share the blessings of this spiritual experience and the teachings with all.

 

Our Inspiration:  We are dedicated to the teachings of the historical Buddha and the 13th century Japanese reformer,  the founder of Shin Buddhism or Jodo Shinshu, Shinran Shonin, and furthermore, we deeply appreciate the meditative tradiition of the Soto Zen School. We are also open to all Buddhist traditions and the entirety of world spirituality and wisdom.

 

Our Journey:  We are called to entrust ourselves to the heart of Great Compassion, symbolized as Amida Buddha. As a result, we are spiritually transformed, experiencing a new life of joy, purpose, and gratitude and dedicated to promoting the welfare of all sentient beings. 

 

Our Practices: While our inclusion of Soto Zen practice acknowledges the value we place on meditation, the heart of Shin practice is on integrating spirituality with daily living by developing deeper compassion; practicing monpo or deep hearing (mindfulness); and voicing the Nembutsu (Namo Amida Butsu) as an expression of our trust in and gratitude for the ultimate perfection of life. We engage in community service, support one another’s spiritual growth, and strive to remember that we are all foolish humans doing the best that we can.

Community practice and devotion
Saying the Nembutsu - namu-Amida-Butsu

The Fellowship’s Guiding Principles

 

Our Fellowship honors the Six Principles of Harmony, taught by the historical Buddha, Shakyamuni over 2, 500 years ago in Northern India. These Six Principles are our organization’s guiding values. The SBF diligently seeks to maintain a harmonious, friendly, and open-minded atmosphere.  The Six Principles of Harmony are:

 

1.  Sharing similar viewpoints and aspirations

2.  Practicing the same ethical precepts

3.  Living and practicing peacefully together

4.  Abstaining from quarrelling and bickering

5.  Experiencing the inner peace and joy that results from community practice

6.  Sharing our benefits so as to be a blessing to each other and to the world

"Without my seeking, the Buddha seeks me;
without my asking after it, great compassion asks after me."
 
                                                                                  --Rev. Koryu Kagai