We gather regularly in order to spiritually
train and nurture each other so that we may better practice the Buddhist teachings of peace, love and compassion
during our often busy daily lives.
SBF gathering is designed to awaken you to the Oneness of Reality, and to help you realize peace, gratitude and your
life's purpose, and learn the spiritual tools to live out your spirituality 365 days a year. Though we emphasize Shin Buddhist
training, we integrate it with the meditative practices of Zen Buddhism, so as to better cultivate a calm and lucid heart
and mind in order to hear the transformative light within you. The goal of our gatherings is to give an experience
that will aid in opening the mind to the Sacred Oneness, and developing compassion and understanding.
What can you expect?
are a circle of equals. We don't have hierarchies or gurus, though we do have lay teachers to facilitate the gatherings. As
practitioners of the Shin Buddhist 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 the Nembutsu, as an expression of our trust in and gratitude for
the ultimate Oneness of life, symbolized as Amida Buddha.
of sermons, our 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 gatherings are Free of Charge but a donation is greatly appreciated to cover our printing and refreshment costs.
|Our Headquarters: the Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut