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Mindful Reflection Community

The “Mindful Reflection Community” (a member of the Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship) is open to all members and friends of Unity Temple who are interested in exploring meditation, mindfulness and Buddhist teachings within a UU community. No experience is necessary and there is no charge. Most of our community meditates on chairs, however you may bring your own cushion if you would like.

The “Mindful Reflection Community” meets every Tuesday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m in Unity House. Come once in a while or regularly!

7:00 - 7:20: Arrival and intentional friendship building.
7:20: Lighting of the Mindful Reflection Community candle and 20 minutes of silent Mindful Reflection. Note: Late arrivals are very welcome! Those who arrive late by design (you prefer not to sit for 20 minutes) or due to work/home scheduling issues, should enter whenever you arrive and take a seat and start your mindful reflection. We expect some noise and you should not be worried about that! Dealing with what we are experiencing in any given moment by just noticing without reactivity is the essence of mediation!
7:40: Welcome/Introductions/Announcements
7:45: Dharma Talk
8:15: Discussion
8:50: Sharing of “darshan”(sacred gaze), ending song, extinguishing the Mindful Reflection Community candle.
9:00: Socializing as desired

All are welcome whether you can come sporadically or regularly. For more information or to be added to our email list, contact Terry Kinsey at mindful@unitytemple.org.


Talks offered to the Mindful Reflection Community

December 31, 2017 - Time for an Upgrade! Using UU Buddhist Wisdom (Dharma) to Modernize Our Minds.

Sermon delivered by UTUUC member Terry Kinsey. Terry suggests it's time to upgrade our "operating system" so that we will act from a more skillful responsive space and not a reactive "habit pattern." Our habit pattern space has evolved over time and if we want to upgrade it, we'll need to put into practice an intentional plan including "designing" the desired operating system and then "installing" the upgrade through practice. He presents a specific UU Buddhist plan of action.

Terry Kinsey joined Unity Temple in 1982. As a member of this congregation he has taught many AYS/OWL classes for junior high students. He participates in the original Men's Group which started in 1984 and has led several Men's Retreats. Terry founded Mother Earth Adventures which existed from 1991-2010 and offered vision quests and sweat lodges. In 1985, he became a counselor at Marwood Camp, a weeklong UU rites of passage summer camp for adolescents. Professionally, Terry is a retired pediatric physical therapist. His interest in secular/liberal Buddhism began in 1998. He has attended many 9- to 11-day silent Buddhist wilderness backpacks and canoe retreats as well as many 6- to 11-day silent center-based Buddhist retreats. His Buddhist "coaches" are Stephen Schettini and Erik Kolvig. Terry can be reached at mindful@unitytemple.org.

 

October 27, 2017 - Eco-dharma talk by David Loy. Listen here.

David Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher. His latest book is A New Buddhist Path. His most popular book is Money Sex War KarmaNotes for a Buddhist Revolution. David's talk was on: “Ecodharma: Mindfulness in a Time of Crisis”. Ecodharma is a relatively new word, and its meaning is by no means fixed. The term combines the teachings of Buddhism and related spiritual traditions (dharma) with ecology or ecological concerns (eco). Check out David's website. 

 

Aug. 7, 2017 - Ken Miller's book reading from War Torn. Stories of Courage, Love and Resilience.

Kenneth E. Miller, psychologist and international expert on the impact of armed conflict on civilians, has been working with war affected communities since 1991 as a researcher, clinician, and film maker. A professor of clinical and community psychology for much of his career, in 2015 he joined the Dutch NGO War Child Holland and is currently based in Amsterdam. Ken is a regular contributor to Psychology Today and the Huffington Post, and is a frequent guest on national radio shows. Ken was a member of Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation from 1995-1999 and was a active member in a men's group here.  He started his dharma practice in 1994. Ken gave a talk at Unity Temple on his book, War Torn. Stories of Courage, Love and ResillienceListen to Ken's talk here. You can also listen to the question and answer session following his talk here.
Aug. 8, 2017 - Ken Miller's dharma talk "Moving Beyond the Breath: The Promise and Perils of Compassion." Listen here.

 

May 2, 2017 - Jay Michaelson.  Retreat or Resist? Dharma Practice in the Age of Trump.  Listen here.

Dr. Jay Michaelson is a dharma teacher from the Theravadan and Jewish lineages as well as a rabbi, lawyer, professor, gay right's activist, columnist for the Daily Beast and Forward newspaper.  He is also a frequent commentator for MSNBC and NPR.  Jay is an affiliated assistant professor at Chicago Theological Seminary. He has written two Buddhist books, Gate of Tears: Sadness and the Spiritual Path and The Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism and the Next Generation of Enlightenment along with four other books, as well as publishing over 300 articles on religion, the law, sexuality and contemplative practices. 

 

 

 

Location: 
Unity House
Date: 
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, January 2, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm