Make your own free website on Tripod.com

SHIN BUDDHIST FELLOWSHIP OF WEST HARTFORD

OUR PROGRAM

Home
OUR PROGRAM
ABOUT THE SHIN BUDDHIST FELLOWSHIP
OUR NORTH AMERICAN BUDDHIST LINKS
SHIN BUDDHIST BELIEFS AND PRACTICES
WHAT IS SHIN BUDDHISM?
DAILY BUDDHIST PRACTICE & JUSEIGE CHANT
SHOJIN PRACTICE
ZEN ESSENTIALS
GOSPEL OF THOMAS: BUDDHA & JESUS
THE NEMBUTSU AS PRACTICE
MYOKONIN STORIES
CONFUSED ABOUT BUDDHISM?
SHIN BUDDHIST READING ROOM
COMMUNITY ALBUM

SBF Community
2 Hours of Spritual Training

Spiritual Training

 

Our Wednesday night gatherings used to focus on Shin training but integrate the meditative practices of Zen Buddhism, which helps cultivate ethical living, inner wisdom and meditative awareness, which are the basis of the Noble Eightfold Path. If you want to practice with us, please attend the Buddhist Practice Groups of Farmington and Rocky Hill. Refer to our Connecticut Buddhist Links page for links.

 

Rooted in the Mahayana tradition, we incorporate both Shin and Zen training to better support spiritual practice in our, often hectic, everyday lives. The goal is to provide an experience that will aid in opening the mind to the sacred Oneness, developing deeper compassion and spiritual understanding. Our services skillfully reflect 21st century American culture, while providing time-honored Buddhist teachings and practices, which help us to discover life’s purpose and to find joy, gratitude, and peace in a community setting.

 

What Can You Expect?

 

We are a circle of equals. We don't have hierarchies or gurus, though we do have a certified dharma teacher to facilitate the service. As practitioners of the Shin path, we stress an egalitarian community and attitude. We call each other friends, dress casually, and are very welcoming. In our gatherings, we practice deep hearing, quiet sitting and voice meditation, prayer and the voicing of the Nembutsu as an expression of outr trust in and gratitude for the ultimate Oneness of life, symbolized as Amida Buddha. 

 

Instead of sermons, our spiritual community is known for its insightful and lively dharma discussions. As our founder, the 13th century Japanese reformer, Shinran Shonin, taught, "We are all fellow travelers on the path," and, as such, anyone may share his/her opinion and experience. Learning from one another in this fashion creates a strong, nourishing environment. We care for and love one another and live in service to the world. This is the true meaning of our religion.

 

Our Wednesday night gathering is all about learning and practicing the Buddhist teachings in order to awaken ourselves to the dynamic unfolding of Life itself.

Spiritual Discussions
For Beginners and Advanced Seekers

"True peace of mind...can be obtained only when one is personally awakened to the stark-naked fact that every effort is ultimately in vain."
 
                                                                         --Zenkei Shibayama