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The Spirit of Our Practice

The BFF integrates Zen practices with Shin Buddhism. We consider understanding, faith, and compassion as the basic themes of our religious community. Our practices cover the Three Learnings which are the basis of the Noble Eightfold Path. They include mediative awareness, ethical living and spiritual insight (wisdom). As a consequence,  we practice the voicing the Buddha-name (nembutsu), deep hearing (monpo),  the Tenfold ethical precepts, zazen (sitting meditation), Dana (generosity),  and daily mindfulness as the basic tools to realize the life-changing effects of Great Compassion, symbolized as Amida Buddha. We recognize our human imperfections and self-centeredness, and ultimately rely only on Other Power as our vehicle to spiritual liberation.

Zen meditation on Sunday morning

"Those who take refuge in the Three Jewels, the Buddha, the Dharma an the Sangha, are called the disciples of Buddha. The disciple of Buddha observe the four-parts of practice: the precepts, faith, offering and insight."
Mahanama Sutta

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