Welcome to the UUBF


Welcome to the Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship!

Since the introduction of the first Buddhist texts to America in the mid-nineteenth century, Buddhism has been an extremely influential force among Unitarians and, over the last thirty years, Unitarian Universalists. Early Unitarians, such as Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, and Ralph Waldo Emerson responded with great enthusiasm to Buddhism’s emphasis on individual experience, rather than appeal to scriptures or belief in miraculous events, as the basis for authority in spiritual matters.
In recent years, Unitarian Universalists have increasingly been drawn to explore Buddhist religious practices, especially seated meditation, in order to ground the “free and responsible search for truth and meaning” that is one of the guiding principles of the UU tradition. Meditation invites a direct and immediate experience of reality and provides a balance to purely intellectual inquiry.

From the announcement in the World of a UU-Zen retreat with Rev. James Ishmael Ford, March ’96




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MidAmerica UU Buddhist Fellowship
          Daylong Retreat
Lake County Unitarian Universalist Church
Heartland, Wisconsin
May 5, 2018

Mark your calendars so you can attend the first ever one-day MidAmerica Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship retreat. May-5, 2018, 9-5 at Lake County Unitarian Universalist Church in Heartland, Wisconsin (half hour west of Milwaukee).

Rev. Zenshin Florence Caplow will be the keynote speaker. Florence is the minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana Champaign, Illinois and a Soto Zen priest and teacher in the Shunryu Suzuki Roshi lineage. She has been practicing vipassana and Zen for thirty years, is on the Board of the UU Buddhist Fellowship and is the co-author of The Hidden Lamp: Stories from Twenty-Five Centuries of Awakened Women.

Join us for a day of comradely, meditation, dharma talks and discussion with Unitarian Universalists interested in meditation, mindfulness and/or Buddhism. Home stays will be available. For further information and to be added to the email list contact Terry Kinsey at mindful{-at-}unity temple.org.

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Video and audio recordings from Convocation 2015 with Stephen Batchelor found here

While made with the approval of the UUBF Board of Directors, the content of this page, such as any errors or omissions, is ultimately the responsibility of Sam Trumbore (strumbore@uumin.org). Any quotations are made with approval of the authors, who retain all copyrights. Last Update: February 2, 2018