A diverse, welcoming community of open hearts and minds since 1948
The UUCA Buddhist Fellowship supports UU members and friends in their study and practice of Buddhism. Many participants are curious newcomers, others more experienced practitioners. Most participants find Buddhist principles and the UU Seven Principles to be complementary – and find that the spiritual tools (like meditation and mindfulness) offered by Buddhism help them deepen their understanding of the Principles as well as live happier, healthier lives.
Meditation at UUCA
Meet Monday - 7 to 8 pm and Wednesday - 7:30 to 8:45 pm. The meditation consists of silent sitting, walking and standing, followed by a brief discussion of the meditation experience. The Monday group ends in time to attend the Monday Mindfulness Meditation class talk. Contact Bob Gayer at 703-892-6939 for more information.
Mindfulness Meditation Class
Meditation classes meet Monday - 7:30 to 8:45 pm. Classes focus on sitting and walking meditation, different aspects of the Buddha’s teachings, and how to bring the practice into everyday life. Classes generally include a guided meditation, a dharma talk and/or experiential exercise. While the classes complement one another, they are also structured as independent from each other – i.e., whatever class you are able to attend should be informative and useful in and of itself. No fee, but donations accepted. Instructors are Stig Regli and Jonathan Foust of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. See Jonathan's website for more information and class schedule here.
Half-day meditation retreats occur every few months. Retreats involve extended sessions of walking and sitting meditation with a dharma talk.
Great River Tendai Sangha
The Sangha meets Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm. The services generally include a guided meditation, a dharma talk and chanting. Contact email@example.com more information.
The Labyrinth is an evolving universal mystical symbol that dates back some 4,000 years. Its sacred patterns are still used today for walking meditation and prayer. Open walks on UUCA’s canvas Labyrinth are scheduled throughout the year. Most walks are held in Fellowship Hall. See the UUCA's Labyrinth page for more information and walk dates.