About

The Buddhist Faith Fellowship is an open, nurturing, and non-judgmental spiritual community that is dedicated to realizing our human potential by transforming suffering (dukkha) into happiness, well-being, and tranquility of mind. Located in Middletown, Connecticut, we are open to the public; no experience necessary.

Established in 2001, we are one of Connecticut’s most established Buddhist organizations. Since then,, with the vision and guidance of our founding teacher, Senpai Daishin, our non-sectarian Fellowship has offered a full array of spiritual activities that include bimonthly Practice & Talk gatherings, family practice meetings, a 12 Step group, end of life programs, retreats, mindfulness, meditation and contemplative practices, social and cultural events, and plenty of opportunities to learn about and practice Buddhism in the contemporary American context.

Visit our bi-monthly Practice & Talk Meetings on Sunday mornings at 9 p.m. to learn how to transform your life through Buddhist philosophy and practice.

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Our Story

Our community began in April 2001 with the mission to learn and practice the Buddhist teachings and share them with our generation and culture. After studying with and receiving transmission from the Venerable Thich Tri Hoang, and later becoming a student of the late Dr. Taitetsu Unno via his NoHo Lay Teacher’s Program, our founding teacher, Senpai Daishin, decided to take a bold step and established a Buddhist congregation in Connecticut. Meeting initially in his little apartment in Bristol, Connecticut, the fledgling community quickly over grew the space and consequently moved its gatherings to a community room at the Elmwood Community Center in West Hartford before settling at the College of East Asian Studies, at Wesleyan University in Middletown in 2004. Nowadays, we have become a vibrant non-sectarian Fellowship that has grown to hosts a variety of Sunday morning programs, and courses, workshops, and retreats, and provides special activities like our 12 Step, meditation, and Buddhist Family Practice programs and the Clear Light Society.

Retreat 2004 in Barre, Ma
Retreat in Barre, Ma

Come as you are

For disciples and seekers. For individuals and families. For young and old. For men and women. For the highly educated or not so learned. For believers and non-believers. For the lucky and for the less fortunate. For straight or gay. For any race or ethnic group. For blue collars, white collars or no collars.  For the healthy and the sick. At Buddhist Faith Fellowship, labels do not matter; the Buddha’s message is for everyone. Come as you are.

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