The Buddhist Faith Fellowship’s Social Action Project, formerly called Buddha Gaia, is the socially engaged arm of our spiritual community. The Project integrates Buddhist teachings,
practice and social service with human rights and health, ecology and justice. In addition, Project reaches out beyond our
spiritual community to collaborate social action with other local Buddhist denominations and world faiths.
Meetings & Activities 2011 - 12
12 Step Buddhist Group
Mondays @ 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Church of the Holy Trinity
381 Main Street, Middletown
"Open to all buddhists and non-buddhists"
Other social action activities
are in the planning stage for 2010, stay tuned.
receive regular updates from the Social Action Project and our 12 Step Group, join Meetup.com. Here you can connect with others
and in addition you will be kept informed by the project’s organizers.
Middletown Chapter Meetings
Our active team
meets in various venues in Middletown and other areas in Connecticut according to specific activities like our innovative 12 Step Group. Meeting locations are
always announced in advance in the above Calendar.
The symbol on our
web site is not the Buddha but the archetypical Bodhisattva Jizo. What is a Bodhisattva? Any being motivated by compassion
and seeks enlightenment not only for him/herself but also for everyone, human and non-human.
Jizo is the inspirational
social action bodhisattva who courageously goes into any place or situation to help those in need, even to hell itself to
rescue those in suffering. He is powerful image of hope and solace. Jizo is Japanese
for Ksitgarbha, which means “Earth Store.” This means that Jizo is related to the planet Earth which gives birth
and supports all things without prejudice, and provides them the environment to flourish and evolve. In this way, like the
Earth itself, Jizo can produce countless opportunities for things to heal and make them grow and prosper. Anyone who believes
in his work and follows his path of love and action, will unfold the spiritual treasures stored within the Earth.
Therefore, we model
our Social Action Project on the Jizo’s image and path whose qualities are love, optimism, fearlessness, and kindness.
By embodying Jizo Bodhisattva, and becoming the eyes, hears, arms and legs in this world of confusion and suffering, we give
a real purpose, direction and action to our efforts. We channel this love, compassion and action throughout our endeavors.