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.