Buddhist / Zen Meditation Group
The UU Buddhist Zen Meditation group is a community, a sangha supporting each other in meditative practices. We are peer-led and lay-led: We are all each others’ teachers. All are welcome to sit with us; our group practices are Buddhist, yet we respect all meditative practices and celebrate the diversity of practice among us.
WHEN AND WHERE: We meet at 1UUC on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30, usually in the basement. We begin with the lighting of the chalice, twenty minutes of silent meditation, followed by a walking meditation and twenty minutes of silent meditation; we usually have a talk or readings, followed by discussion.
Beginners are welcome and are asked to come 15 minutes early for brief instruction and explanation of our service.
We may be reached by email at email@example.com. We would be pleased to add you to our email list which we use only for program announcements and room changes.
As a spirituality program of The First Unitarian Universalist Church, the UU Buddhist Zen Meditation Group is governed by the policies of 1UUC Richmond, including the Safe Congregation Covenant. We are pleased to abide by these policies. In our democratic adoption of our own covenant and policies for our programs and governance, we have honored the seven principles which Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote and which constitute the core of the covenant among Unitarian Universalist Congregations.
The seven principles:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; and
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
UU Buddhist Zen Meditation is a place of safety and integrity for each person’s mind and body. We are a supportive and nurturing Sangha, celebrating the diversity of those gathered with us. Recognizing that warmth, kindness and compassion will shape us as a Sangha of goodwill and generosity, we covenant to affirm and promote:
☸ Understanding, honesty and kindness in our relationships;
☸ Respect for the right of others to be different and to choose what to believe and practice;
☸ Openness to others’ insights and experiences;
☸ A welcoming nonjudgmental attitude;
☸ Speaking truthfully and constructively;
☸ Using words that are supporting and caring-not harsh, belittling or demeaning;
☸ Refraining from uttering words or taking actions that can create discord or cause the community to break; and
☸ Listening deeply to one another.
As we continue our spiritual path, honoring the gifts, blessings and commitments each person brings to our Sangha, let us be gentle with each other, mindful that our perceptions can be in error, and not be attached to our views.
The Group exists to practice Buddhadharma, although it may occasionally examine other related practices for purposes of comparison and/or to engage in ecumenical activities. The Group is non-sectarian and celebrates the diversity of Buddhist and other meditative orientations represented within the group, and welcomes participants from all contemplative traditions to attend its programs. Programs may be proposed by those who have been consistently committed to the practice and sangha-life of the Buddhist Group of 1 UUC for at least six continuous months and who evince a comprehension of the Buddhadharma, an established personal meditative practice, and sangha-friendship toward others. Those who wish to propose a Thursday program may contact any facilitator with a proposal, 150 words maximum. Proposers of programs are encouraged to work with others and to integrate broad participation into their programs. Facilitators will schedule proposed programs based on their general appeal, compatibility with the goals of the group, participatory structure, and available time slots.