First Unitarian Society in Newton

FUSN Life / Meditation Practice

Meditation Practices

FUSN has a long history as a spiritual home for meditation practices within Buddhist traditions and a new group practice began in spring 2014.

A mindfulness meditation group has started meeting again every Monday night from 7:15–8:30 p.m. in the Children’s Chapel or Alliance Room (check the board). The group is self-managing and is guided by the teachings and practice of Thich Nhat Hanh.

All are welcome to attend. No experience or reservations necessary. Just an open heart.

We combine walking meditation, meditation practice songs, sitting meditation, readings, personal sharing.

Roy Morrison and Luanne Baker


"Breathing in, I calm my body.

Breathing out I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment.

I know this is a wonderful moment."

~Thich Nhat Hanh



Henry David Thoreau Zen Sangha, which met for many years at FUSN under the direction of former FUSN Senior Minister James Ford, now meets Monday nights at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Newton MA. This group, nicknamed Hank, is not affiliated with FUSN. To learn more, contact hanksanghainfo [at] gmail [dot] com.


Suggested Buddhist Readings

Martine Batchelor Thorsons, Principles of Zen, Arguably the best short introduction to Zen in the English language.

James Ishmael Ford, This Very Moment, A concise introduction to Zen and Buddhism aimed particularly at Unitarian Universalists and other religious liberals.

Stephen Batchelor, Buddhism Without Beliefs, A reflection on Buddhist practice from an engaged agnostic approach. Highly recommended.

David Brazier, The Feeling Buddha, A contemporary exploration of Buddhist psychology.

Bernie Glassman, Bearing Witness, Zen reflections on social action and social justice.

Stephanie Kaza & Kenneth Kraft, Dharma Rain, Explorations in ecological consciousness from a Buddhist perspective.

The Shambhala Dictionary of Buddhism and Zen, A highly useful reference work for Buddhist and Zen terminology.

Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, A glossy Buddhist-oriented quarterly magazine.


Web Sites

Zen Buddhism WWW Virtual Library

An exhaustive Internet guide to Zen online resources. Of particular interest might be the Harada-Yasutani School of Zen Buddhism, which situates the historical connections of the Henry Thoreau Zen Sangha.

Boundless Way Zen

Pacific Zen Institute
HTZS is affiliated with this experimental Zen community. James Ford is a member of the Pacific Zen Institute teacher’s Collegium.

Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship
Networking Unitarian Universalist Buddhists and friends.

Spring Hill Zen
A Zen community at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford, MA, affiliated with the Henry Thoreau Zen Sangha.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Zen Sangha
A Zen community at First Church of Boston, MA, affiliated with the Henry Thoreau Zen Sangha.


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