About Our Sangha

The Buddhist Sangha of Bucks County is a community(sangha) that practices Buddhism, provides meditation instruction and community service in a manner consistent with the teachings of the Buddha.

Our sangha is open to everyone who wishes to learn about and practice meditation and/or Buddhism in general.

Monday nights our service consists of selected readings from the service booklet compiled by our members, followed by a 40 minute meditation period. We close service with selected readings from the service booklet followed by tea, snacks and a discussion period in the social hall on various topics (check our newsletter and/or facebook for the latest topics).

The sangha members hold periodical meditation retreats, welcomes special guest teachers, and provides community service.

Community Service

  • Every Monday everyone is encouraged to bring donations for the Bucks County Homeless Shelter which we deliver weekly, along with Bill’s fresh muffins.
  • Road Cleanup is held twice a year at New Falls Road.

BSBC Board Members
Phil Brown – Immediate Past President & Advisor.  Professionally, Phil is a senior consultant for the National School Climate Center, and serves on a number of education-related non-profit boards devoted to improving school culture and climate. He is also a Fellow of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University following retirement from a career working for the New Jersey Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. He is co-editor of the Handbook of Prosocial Education (2012).

Dave MermelsteinDave Mermelstein – Co-President
Dave is a professional stage technician at the State Theatre Regional Arts Center in New Brunswick, NJ. He is proud to be a member of Local 21 of IATSE, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees. He first came to the BSBC in early 2010, and is happy to give back to the sangha in the role of Co-President this year.

Joe BeckJoe Beck
  – Co-President; Communications Committee
After many years of dabbling in meditation and the Dharma, Joe came to a few BSBC Monday night sessions in 2013. Then sometime in 2014 he began to attend regularly and has never looked back. There is a Sanskrit phrase “ehi, paśya” meaning come, see. The Buddha didn’t want anyone to follow blindly based on what he found. He invites us all to put his teachings to the test and come see for themselves. Our spirit is such a personal thing and must be investigated individually. There are certainly maps out there but it does require a good deal of self navigation. Eventually each of us realizes through sangha, books, retreats, teachers, etc how to progress along the path

Rika Barrett – Vice-President; Outreach & Service Committee

Members At Large and Their Service Committees: 

Edna Telep – Book Club Coordinator & Introductory Meditation Trainer

Eugene Pevzner – Chair Communications Committee

Moira Kowalczyk – Chair Program Committee

Diana Collenelli –  Outreach & Service Committee

Marilyn Picciotti – Outreach & Service Committee,
Collections for Homeless and Pet Shelters

Ann Favaloro – Outreach and Service Committee

Any member can become a board member and get involved.  Let the president or vice president know if you would like to join the board and one of the committees. 

We would like to thank all our members who contributed to the sangha over the years.