Join us for meditation every Monday from 7pm-8pm and Dharma Discussion 8pm-9pm at 65 North Main Street in Yardley, PA (Yardley Friends Meeting) – All are welcome!
Upcoming Discussion Schedule and Special Events (Tentative):
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On Tuesday, February 12th at 7:00p.m., the BSBC Book Group will screen the film, “Tuesday’s with Morrie”. If interested in attending, please call Edna at (215) 493-2815 for details.
BSBC Upcoming dharma schedule!
2/11 Mindful communication : 3 part series based on “I’ll Meet You There: A practical guide to empathy, mindfulness and communication.” by Shantigarba – Week One : History of Empathy
2/18 Week Two: Empathy and Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
2/25 Bodhipasksha – March 4 Week Three: A Buddhist Perspective and Drawing Threads Together
3/11 Module Two: Exploring Buddhist Practice: The Five Precepts – Week one : Why be Ethical?
3/18 Week two: The First Precept: Expressing Interconnectedness
3/25 Week three: The Second Precept: the Principle of Generosity
4/1 Week four: the Third Precept: from Craving to Contentment
4/8 Week five: the Fourth Precept: the Principle of Truthfulness
4/15 Week six: the Fifth Precept: Awareness, not Escapism
After the meditation: many stay for hot tea and snacks followed by a dharma discussion from 8:15-9pm on many topics in various Buddhist traditions. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussions. We usually see 30-45 people each Monday night.
First Monday of every month Basic meditation instruction and questions about the Sangha are answered these nights for the first 20 minutes of the service. All welcome!
Note: Meditation instruction for the first 20 minutes is offered to anyone interested. It’s a great opportunity to bring others to get a quick intro to meditation and to experience group meditation and service. Please let us know before you arrive or come a little early so we can pair you up with someone to guide you.
Learn more about us and contact us if you have any questions! First Time Visitor? Check out this page for more info. Also our blog has a wealth of information, and contributions by our members as well as various announcements and event info.
If you can’t attend our group meditation, you can find a group that practices sitting Meditation near you.
Volunteer @ sangha- Our Monday night program would not be possible without the work of our volunteers. We need help with setup, cleanup, delivery of donations to the local food pantry and more. Please volunteer for setup, & to lead service ( follow this easy guide if you need help with signing up ) or ask any of the board members any time if you are interested in helping out.
- If you are interested in leading the sitting service, please note that you need to be a member of the sangha (check out this information – more about being a member)
- You do not need to be a member of the Sangha to join us in any of our events. However, a free membership is available to help deepen your commitment to meditation and the Sangha, as well as to have voting privileges in yearly elections, and more. Ask on a Monday evening for a membership form or see it online.
Sangha Support (Dana)*
The Sangha offers our weekly meetings, programs, and retreats through the volunteer efforts of members and the Board. We rely on your weekly donations to pay the rental fees. Our teachers receive no payment for their instruction: in the tradition of dana (generosity) they are supported solely by your voluntary donations. May your generosity be a spontaneous expression of gratitude. We have a donation box on the lobby table with the order of service booklets. Your donations are tax deductible and we can provide receipts on request.
Recent Visiting Teachers:
Padmadharini – was ordained 12 years ago into the Triratna International Buddhist Community, before which she graduated from a multi-year intensive training in meditation, ethics and Buddhist teachings. Currently teaches Buddhist courses at Triratna-NYC and have been leading courses, workshops and retreats on Buddhism and mindfulness in the US and Europe for over 15 years. We were fortunate to have Padmadharini lead a 6 week course for us in 2018. More information about her.
Nikki Mirghafori – teaches Buddhist meditation and contemplation nationally. She was introduced to meditation in 1991 and to Theravada Buddhism in 2003 and has studied with various Western and Eastern teachers. She is a Spirit Rock authorized retreat teacher, a Stanford trained compassion cultivation instructor, and a UCLA certified mindfulness facilitator . Nikki joined us virtually on 11/2017 and we are grateful. More information about her and her dharma teachings
Yogi Acharya Lama Gursam is Buddhist teacher from Tibet. He started at a very early age and earned a Master’s degree in advanced Buddhist philosophy in 1990. Upon graduation he also received a special award from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He visits our sangha a few times a year – Click to see more information about his visits and dharma teachings
Chipamong Chowdhury is a scholar and teacher of Buddhist studies, and a socially engaged monastic. Bhante, as he is known, was born in Bangladesh and trained in the Theravada tradition in Mayanmar, Sri Lanka, and at Naropa and Toronto Universities. He visited us and led a retreat in August 2017. Click to see more information about his visits and dharma teachings
Rebecca Li teaches and practices in the Chan lineage.
Andre is a Zen teacher in the Five Mountain Zen Order. Andre joined us in 9/11/2017 for a dharma talk and meditation instructions. In July of 2016, Andre received Dharma Transmission from his teacher, Zen Master Wonji Dharma. See his bio and his writings at originalmindzen.com