Cancelled: Practice and Talk Meeting

Due to the snow storm, our last Practice & Talk meeting of 2017, Sunday, December 10, is cancelled. In addition, our Buddhism 1.0 class will be postponed.

Our next Practice & Talk meeting will be January 2018 after the university’s winter recess.  We are looking forward to seeing you then.


2nd  and 4th Sundays of the month

Ideal for beginners to the most veteran practitioners

Just attend, practice, and learn.

Twice a month, we offer two unique opportunities to explore the core teachings and practices of Buddhism as a philosophy of life.  Our Practice & Talks are non-committing occasions to learn about Buddhism in a nurturing, gentle, and systematic way. Open to the general public. No experience necessary.

The Practice & Talk is divided in a few segments: Reflection, Meditation, and Talk. The first segment of the Sunday morning practice focuses on a couple of standard and short Buddhist rituals like going for refuge; the second part focuses on meditation practices, which include voice and sitting meditation plus sutra (scriptural) chanting; the third portion of the P & T is devoted to an intellectual engagement with the teachings. There is no lecturing or sermonizing; participation is important but not required.  The talk can be a discussion of a reading, a formal talk but it is always enveloped with discussion and Q & A. The session becomes a learning experience for everyone including the teacher.

A short Introduction to Meditation Training session will be held before the gathering at 8:45 a.m. (if volunteers are available)

About the Unique Meditation Space

Our meditation space is unmatched in Connecticut. You might have to go to Japan to experience a similar traditional atmosphere. The room is adorned with lightly colored wood with traditional designs that create a serene ambiance that soothes the mind and senses.  An entire wall is a clear glass window that overlooks a spectacular Zen garden and adjacent tatami room.