Adult Religious Education Opportunities
Tapes on Buddhism, drop in’s welcome!
Judy Feland will facilitate 6 of the 12 Kornfield tapes, and maybe more as interest warrants. Sessions will be a listen and discuss class. Topics of the tapes may include aversion, delusion, compassion, generosity, sympathetic joy, and loving kindness. Time for these sessions will be 9-10:30 a.m. on Sundays Oct 5, 12, 19, Nov 2, 9, 16 with more sessions possible. In the Thoreau Room.
About the Tapes: The Buddha said many times that just as the great oceans have but one taste, so do all the true teachings of the dharma: the taste of freedom. Jack Kornfield’s The Roots of Buddhist Psychology is an invitation to drink deeply of these teachings to taste the wisdom that flows from the heart of Buddhism’s most useful ideas about the interior life, and what brings awakening, freedom, and happiness.
Among the world’s great religions, Buddhism alone has developed a rich, intricate psychology based not on metaphysics, but on the human predicament. Through its strategies, you can find the way to true freedom.
Buddhism views the mind as a labyrinth of feelings, perceptions, and emotional states. Unhappiness is rooted in unskillful responses to our world: grasping when things are pleasant, aversion when they are unpleasant, and delusion/confusion when they are neutral. Through awareness training, Kornfield teaches, you can transform these responses into real skills that are the path to true happiness. This is the way to inner stillness—the deathless state that allows your wisdom and compassion to flow together for a state of greater knowing.
Enlivened with many parables, worldly stories, and thoughts from artists, philosophers, and writers, The Roots of Buddhist Psychology can help you to discover for yourself that what you seek is already here.
Sunday World Religions Series
Date Topic Facilitator/Speaker Time Location
10-26 Judaism Lisa Ogle 10-12 Thoreau
11-9 Buddhism Ani Liggett 12:30-2:30 Thoreau
11-16 Catholicism Jean Nuttall 12:30-2:30 Thoreau
Part I of II
11-23 Christianity Jean Cannella 9:00-10:30 Thoreau
11-30 Catholicism Jean Nuttall 12:30-2:30 Thoreau
Part Il of II
12-7 Mormonism Linda Thornton & 12:30-2:00 Thoreau
12-14 Humanism David Leonard 12:30-2:00 Thoreau
Playshop – First Saturdays
On the first Saturday of every month from 9:30 – 11:15 a.m., join Rev. Lydia and a growing group of embodied souls for a morning of playful engagement. Playshop uses the tools of Interplay, an easy, fun and life-changing series of ‘forms’ that lead participants to movement and stories, silence and song, ease and amusement. In the process, we discover the wisdom in ourselves and our communities. Curious? Newcomers are always welcome! Sanctuary at BVUUF.
First Tuesdays (7 p.m.)- Seeding the Conversation
Rev. Lydia and Committee on Ministry member Robert Nichols host a monthly gathering of lay leaders interested in using our congregational themes in their ministry and lives on the first Tuesday of each month. Anyone is welcome to attend, and this is designed especially for Board members, Committee on Ministry Members, Leadership Development Committee members, Covenant group facilitators, committee chairs, and worship associates.