Practice and Talk Meeting

Attend, Practice & Learn

2nd and/or 4th Sundays of the month**
9 a.m. – 10: 30 a.m.
All are welcomed. No Experience Necessary.

Since 2001, we have explored the core teachings and practices of Buddhism, as a philosophy of life and deep spiritual practice, that blends classic Buddhist with the inspirational Shin Buddhist teachings, with one of Connecticut’s most well-known Buddhist teachers, Rev. Daishin Senpai, M.A.  Our Practice & Talk meetings are enriching occasions to personally engage the Dharma (Buddhism) in a an innovative, gentle, and meaningful way. Meetings include meditation and sacred chants. Open to the general public, beginners, and veteran practitioners alike.

Our Practice & Talk meetings have been the defining feature of our community since our inception. Meeting on Sunday mornings, in-person and concurrently via Zoom at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, our Practice & Talk meetings are open to the general public; they are ideal for those just starting to explore the Buddhist teachings, as well as, being relevant to the most veteran of adherents.  Our simple format makes it easy for any participant to follow along and to come away with a nugget of insight and a touch of the Great Compassion.

Our Sunday practice includes an inspirational liturgy with traditional chants, and quiet sitting meditation, along with, an practical exploration of Buddhism from a contemporary point of view, which takes into account American culture, neuroscience, the evolutionary sciences, and physics, and openly accepts the wisdom of other Buddhist schools and Western philosophy.

 

I’ve never meditated before? I don’t know anything about Buddhism?

No problem. Visit the links below to get an idea on how to practice sitting meditation.

 

You don’t need to know anything about Buddhism to participate. Don’t be deterred. Our easy Practice & Talk format is designed to help you understand and appreciate the practice and subject matter being discussed.

Meditation by Ven. S. Dhammika

How to Practice Buddhist Meditation (with photos) by WikiHow

Suggested donation of $10 to $15 per person to help cover the costs: extensive outreach, internet service, Zoom Communications, Meetup and other standard operating costs.  Thank you for your financial support.

**Mostly 2nd and/or 4th Sundays of the month; except during winter and summer recess, and the availability of our teacher, Rev. Senpai, M.A.