May Wisdom tradition: Buddhism

Buddhism is understood as a religion, a philosophy, and practices based on the teachings of the Buddha. 

Buddha means Awakened One- the title given to the Indian spiritual seeker Siddhartha Gautama after he attained enlightenment more than 2,600 years ago. 

The Buddha’s  teachings describe the nature of human suffering and a way to liberate oneself from the existential pain of living.

The different schools of Buddhism share the conviction that one can understand the truth of existence by living an ethical life dedicated to spiritual development.

Join us this month as we explore this ancient wisdom tradition and find relevance and inspiration for us now.

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May 1: The Walk from Here to Here: One Journey on the Buddhist Path

Guest Speaker Joel Lazar

May 8: Buddhism: The Path of Intentional Living

Rev. Jan Hutslar

May 15 : Stretching Toward the Extremes

5 weeks from now, we and the Earth will experience the summer solstice.

This is the time of the longest day and the shortest night.  It is a time when light and Shadow reached their limits.  What is the value of stretching that far?  In these hard times are we even capable of it? 

Pulpit Exchange guest minister Rev. Leon Dunkley, North Universalist Chapel In Woodstock. Join us for this semi-annual opportunity to get to know the Upper Valley UU ministers. Rev Jan will be preaching at the Hartland UU.

May 22: Why The Middle Way?  

Rev Jan Hutslar

May 29: What Joanne Friday Taught Me About Love

Ginger Wallis

Ginger Wallis had the opportunity to study with Joanne Friday, a beloved Dharma teacher in the Plum Village Tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn.  She will share some of the things she learned from Joanne about love.

This Year

Inspired by Many Sources: Wisdom Traditions and Unitarian Universalism

Unitarian Universalists are fortunate that we are not limited to one particular book or teacher for wisdom, inspiration and guidance.

Instead we draw from a whole library of philosophies, theologies, and ideas from prophetic women and men and wisdom traditions.

Also art, poetry, science, nature, and the transcending mystery and wonder we live among.

 Our Unitarian Universalist Congregations have affirmed these six sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic people which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  • Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Four of our six sources are from the world's religions.  Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision.

This year we will explore 9 wisdom traditions.  Each month,  we plan to dig into the theme with body, mind, spirit, hands and feet.  Beginning with the aliveness of each tradition,  we see that this is not dry history.  This is about meaning-making and fresh insights.  We will explore theology and belief;  spiritual practices; mysticism and how these inform our everyday lives - bringing these sources of wisdom into the heart of our own living UU tradition.

October- Unitarian Universalism

November- Humanism

December- Christianity

January- Hinduism

February- Taoism


April- Judaism

May- Buddhism

June- Earth-Centered Traditions



Rev. Jan Hutslar