First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

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Adventures in Religion

First Jefferson offers a religious education program that delves into the fascinating aspects of the world's religions. This roundtable discussion group meets by phone or, if church re-opens, in the John Adams room on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. each week. All are welcome. (Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Buddhism, Part 1, May 10, 2020, through June 13, 2021 (estimated)

We are discussing The Buddhist Tradition in India, China, & Japan, edited by W.M. Theodore de Bary.  We read out loud together.  No need to read in advance.This book presents a survey of Buddhist thought.  Buddhism’s continuity in time and its influence mark it as a major spiritual force in the world. [Vintage Books].

Buddhism, Part 2, Schedule TBA

John Bower. World Religions: The great faiths explored and explained. New York: DK Publishing, Inc. 1997, 2003, 2006.  ISBN 13:978-0-7566-1772-1, ISBN 10:0-7566-1772-3 (excerpts).

Mahayana vs. Theravada Buddhism

Theravada vs. Zen Buddhism

Buddhism vs Christianity\

Robert E. Kennedy, Hyun Kyung Chung, Paul F. Knitter et al.  Jesus & Buddha: practicing across traditions. Woodstock, VT.  Old Dog Documentaries, 2012.  DVD, 44 minutes.

Buddhism vs. Islam

Buddhism vs. Hinduism

Buddhism vs. Jainism

Buddhism vs. Taoism

Buddhism vs. Confucianism

Brief Introduction to Basic Concepts of "Tibetan" Buddhism (excerpts),

The Future of the Dalai Lama and Tibet by Steve Shaw. Posted on April 23, 2019.

The Self-Immolation of a Buddhist Monk

Buddhist Missions

Buddhism Historical development.

Excerpt from

Buddhism in the contemporary world: Trends since the 19th century

Is Buddhism a religion or philosophy? 6 experts weigh in, by Jude Paler, January 3, 2019.

Quang Chieu Zen Monastery, Fort Worth, TX Star Telegram articles, 2004 (See side bar on right.)

A Temple Rises.
The nuns' life: enlightenment without TV.
Who is the Zen Master?
How to Meditate 101.

The Faith of a Unitarian Universalist Buddhist by James Ishmael Ford.

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