Buddhist Unitarian Universalists
Many Unitarian Universalists (UUs) identify with and draw inspiration from Buddhism. A typical Unitarian Universalist worship service might feature a story about the Buddha or a reading from a contemporary teacher like Thich Nhat Hanh. Many congregations have Buddhist meditation groups; we have over 100 local UU sanghas.
Buddhism and Unitarian Universalism both honor the beliefs people hold based on their own experiences and understandings. In neither tradition will anyone tell you what you ought to believe.
Lama Surya Das says it this way in his introduction to Buddhist Voices in Unitarian Universalism:
Buddhism and Unitarian Universalism value many of the same things, including experiential practice, study and self-inquiry, mindful awareness cultivation, insightful wisdom development, and loving-kindness, combined with active compassion in the world. This is the heart of sacred activism—empowering, educating, edifying, elevating, transforming, and liberating.
"Unitarian Universalists on the Eightfold Path" in UUWorld
"What is Unitarian Universalist Buddhism?" in UUWorld
Connect with UU Buddhists in the Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship
- From Skinner House Books: "Buddhist Voices in Unitarian Universalism"
- From Skinner House Books: "In This Very Moment: A Simple Guide to Zen Buddhism"
- From the UUA Bookstore: "Kindness: A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents"
- From Beacon Press: "The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation"
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