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



Follow the link in the Menu Bar above. Membership is only $25 a year and brings you our newsletter/journal, the UU Sangha. More importantly, your membership supports the UUBF presence at each year’s General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association, supports outreach to prisoner-members of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, and builds our community. Membership also facilitates communication among us through our listserv, UUBF-L. Follow the link below to sign up for UUBF-L.

Convocation 2017
with Roshi James Ford

Learning the Language of Dragons:
Zen Meditation and Zen Koans

March 31 – April 2
Menucha Retreat Center
Corbett, Oregon

James Ishmael Ford, Zen teacher and Unitarian Universalist minister says that Zen meditation, both its “just sitting” or “silent illumination” discipline and “koan introspection” are in fact the language of dragons. In our time together we will be introduced to the grammar of dragons, a bit of the vocabulary, and with that to throw ourselves into a little dragon language immersion.

(Ford was one of our presenters for the Convocation in 2011.  Some video is available of the presentations that can be found here)

Menucha Lodge overlooks the beautiful Columbia River Gorge, designated as a  national scenic area with the greatest concentration of waterfalls in North America.

The schedule of the event: draft schedule here

Planning/travel information / ride sharing site here

Flyer: http://uubf.org/docs/UUBF-Convocation-2017-flyer.pdf

Convocation Registration

Follow this link for registration

Questions? Ask: Sam Trumbore minister*at*albanyuu.org (*at* -> @ before emailing)

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: June 7, 2016