Welcome to the Buddhist Sangha of Bucks County

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!

After the meditation: many stay for hot tea and snacks followed by open discussion led by sangha board members (volunteers) from 8:15-9pm where we discuss various 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!

Upcoming Discussion Schedule and Special Events (Tentative):

11/12/18 Week Eight: The Sangha as a means of development and as the goal

Experience shows that we need the Sangha to practice effectively. The people we mix with have a profound effect on us. We need the support and encouragement of like-minded people. We need advice and inspiration from people who are somewhat further along the path. And we need a social context of trust, honesty, and friendship if we are to open up and develop the emotional warmth that is an essential part of spiritual development.

In Buddhism, spiritual friendship (kalyāņa mitratā) was originally understood to include not only teacher-disciple relationships, but also any friendship between good people who revere the Buddha and his Dharma. In the final week, we will explore what spiritual friendship means and its potential as a practice.

11/19/18 Annual  Sangha MEMBERSHIP Potluck 6:45/7-8:30 JOIN US!
Annual Membership and Board Elections Sangha Potluck…this is an event when We annually Elect New Officers and welcome new Board members! … All folks are welcome to join…we currently have multiple active and vibrant committees that welcome participation and are inducting
* Vice President
* Secretary
* Treasurer

Committees needed assist:
* Communications: assist with newsletter updates, social media, website, notify Sangha and friends at large of upcoming events, visiting teachers , focused study groups, learning series, etc
* Outreach: coordinate outreach activities such as Homeless Shelter donations/support, relationship building ; road clean up; focused donation drives for youth in need, and much more (open to new ideas and development)
* Programming : coordinate visiting teachers, study group, learning series , group discussion, gather feedback regarding interests of the Sangha and develop programs to meet those needs

We are also using this event to focus our donation drive for the homeless shelter and Valley youth house. Economic difficulties are daily occurrences for persons and are all too common in the realm of impermanence and uncertainty .. As practicing Buddhists we vow to embody generosity, simplicity , compassion and gain understanding at the deepest roots of interdependence. Like me, no one wants to suffer, all want to be safe, protected and happy. If possible please bring something to donate to the shelter, they are in particular need a baby diapers, wipes, gift cards, etc.

Link below offers a list of additional needed items. Please contact Diana or Rika if you would like to contribute a small monetary donation in lieu of items and they will use money to purchase and deliver items.

https://www.fsabc.org/wish-list-shelter/

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11/25/18 Open Discussion

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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.


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.

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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

lama gursam websiteYogi 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

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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

Mettagroup founder George Haas, led a few discussions virtually in 2017  and visited us March 2018.  His Dharma talks can be found here: [Click to find more about his visits ]

 

 


Rebecca Li visited our Sangha a few times in 2017 and on April 2018. Her Dharma talk inspired us and we are grateful for her visit. [click to hear the latest audio]

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