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Welcome to the Burlington, Vermont Buddhist Sangha. We are a discussion and practice group primarily based in the Insight Meditation (vipassana) school of Buddhism.

We meet Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The first meeting of every month is held in-person. Join us for meditation, dharma talk, discussion, and tea. You can find material from our past meetings in the Archive.

The Burlington Area Buddhist Fellowship is primarily a group of long-term dharma practitioners who meet to study, discuss, and practice together.

If you are an experienced practitioner and would like to join us for our weekly Sunday meetings, please email us and let us know the nature of your past training or study of the dharma and your daily practice. Most of our gatherings are online, and this format makes it challenging for those with no experience to join our discussions. 

If you are a beginner and are curious about Buddhist practice and study, we offer a monthly drop-in session led by a member of the Sangha. We will discuss how our Sangha fits into the diverse world of Buddhist practice and will also offer instruction and guided meditation on a specific practice. Sessions will last from one hour to 90 minutes and are held online. The next sessions are scheduled for:

  • Wed, Jan 25, 6pm
  • Thurs, Feb 23, 8pm
  • Sat, Mar 11, 1pm
  • Mon, Apr 10, 7pm

If you are interested in joining these sessions, please sign up using the form below and we will send you a reminder along with the link before each session. All courses and sessions are offered freely, but donations are accepted.

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The nature of a Sangha is to be inclusive and, we believe, to actively work toward equality. To that end, we have collected some resources which you may find useful regarding anti-racism on a dedicated page.

Recent talks

Stepping Free of Habitual Suffering

Our habit energy, invested in trying to control the world, leads to our suffering. The Buddha instructs us to lay down the burdens of life and experience freedom. Following the Buddha’s path insulates us from external conditions. This week Jeff shared a talk given by Mark Nunberg entitled, “Mountains are only heavy if you try…

Subtle perspectives on the climate crisis

Our role in the climate crisis is usually understood as the heedless use of energy polluting the atmosphere, resulting in escalating temperatures which produce aberrations in the environment at large. Perhaps a greater depth of understanding can be discovered in the image of Indra’s Net, a symbolic representation of interdependence with ramifications in many dimensions…

Coming out of nowhere

We have all had them, these “coming out of nowhere” moments when we are just here right now; when nothing happens but everything is different somehow. Ron guided our visit to this mysterious territory this week, drawing on the insights of a dharma talk by Brian Lesage, who leads us to look deeply into these…