Lecture and Discussion

Where and When

Every second Sunday of the month from 7:30PM-9PM at our Plymouth Meeting Friends location.

NOTE: Please arrive a few minutes early. The lecture begins at exactly 7:30.

We welcome you to join us for these friendly, informal meetings. We have a different speaker and topic each month. Many of our speakers are teachers of Buddhism.  No prior Buddhist knowledge or experience is necessary.  Students are always welcome. Most meetings are attended by both newcomers and experienced practitioners.

There is no proselytizing – just interesting presentations and lively discussions. It’s a great, pressure-free setting to learn about Buddhism.

The PBA lectures and discussions are free and all are welcome to attend.

Speaker Schedule


March 8: Bob Koller: Why do We Mediate?

April 19th: Gail Zivin: Getting a Teacher (note that the 2nd Sunday is Easter, so the lecture & discussion is scheduled for the 19th)


February 9: David Carpenter: The Life of the Buddha

January 12: Pat Abrahams: The Four Noble Truths

November 10: Bob Koller: The Three Jewels

October 13: Robin Carr: Personal Transformation Through Dharma

September 8: Pat Abrahams: The Buddhist Concept of No Self

August 11, 2019: Gail Zivin and Bob Koller: How do I find a teacher, or do I even need one?

July 14, 2019: Heidi Scheer Metta: The practice of lovingkindness meditation

June 9, 2019: Bob Koller, “Zen: Instruction, Meditation, and Discussion”

May 5, 2019: Pierce Salguero: Buddhism and Healthcare in Philadelphia: Film Screening and Discussion of the “Jivaka Project”

March 10, 2019: Gail Zivin: “Just Be”

April 14, 2019: David Kniffin: “Taking Refuge”

February 10, 2019: David Kniffin: “Taking Refuge”

January 13, 2019: David Carpenter: “The Four Noble Truths”

December 9, 2018: Zachary Brown: “Karma and Rebirth”

November 11, 2018: Robert Koller: “The Paradox of Meditation”

October 14, 2018: Heidi Scheer: “The Eightfold Path”

September 9, 2018: Gail Zivin: “Starting and Maintaining a Meditation Practice”

August 12, 2018: Julianna Lipschitz, “The Buddha’s Teaching on Death and Dying”

July 8, 2018: Gail Zivin: “What is Reality in Buddhism and in Our Lives”

June 10, 2018: Robin Carr: “The Middle Way: Navigating Failure in Life”

May 20, 2018 (Note this is the 3rd Sunday): Pat Abrahams: “The Buddhist Concept of No Self”

April 8, 2018: Bob, Koller: “Taking the Precepts: A Zen Perspective”

March 11, 2018: Yoga for Beg
Curtis Key: “Yoga for Beginners”
This session will provide an introduction into specific yoga and meditation practices developed by the Isha Foundation.

February 18, 2018 (Note that this is the 3rd Sunday in February)

Pierce Salguero: “Varieties of Buddhist Healing in Multiethnic Philadelphia”

January 14, 2018
Julianna Lipschitz: “The Life of the Buddha”

December 10, 2017
Jan Clark-Levenson: “A Buddhist Laugh-In with Stories from Ajahn Brahm”

November 12, 2017
David Kniffin: “Twenty Years of Meditation – the winding road to direct awakening”

October 8, 2017
Melanie Galioto: “Yoga, Laughter, and Meditation”

September 10, 2017
Pat Abrahams: “The Four Noble Truths”

August 13, 2017
Zachary Brown: “Buddhist Ethics”

July 16, 2017 (Note that this is the 3rd Sunday)
Joanne Cacciatore: “Bearing the Unbearable: Love, Loss, and the Heartbreaking Path of Grief”
This is part of her book-signing tour
below is a link to her web site

June 11, 2017
Heidi Scheer: “The Eightfold Path”

May 7, 2017 (note that this is the first Sunday, rather than the second)
Bob Koller: “Advance Directives and Planning for the End of Life: Not Just for Buddhists”

April 9, 2017
Gail Zivin: “Exploring No-Self and Awareness”

March 12, 2017
Pat Abrahams: “The Four Noble Truths”

February 12, 2017
Robin Carr: “Impermanence”

January 8, 2017
David Carpenter: “The Five Hindrances and Meditation Practice”

December 11, 2016
Zachary Brown: “The Life of the Buddha”

November 13, 2016
Julianna Lipschutz: “The Practices of Arhats: Stories From the Dhammapada”

October 9, 2016
Richard McKinney: “Karma”

September 11, 2016
Pierce Salguero: “Buddhism and Health”

August 14, 2016
Heidi Scheer: “Loving Kindness Meditation”

July 10, 2016
Gail Zivin and Bob Koller: “Something Different: An Open Discussion on Your Meditation Practice”

June 12, 2016
Robin Carr: “Exploring No Self: How Science Informs the Teachings”

May 1, 2016
Julianna Lipschutz:  “The Bodhisattva Ideal: The Essence of the Diamond Sutra”

April 10, 2016
David Kniffin:  “A Buddhist View of Depression”

March 13, 2016
Bob Koller:  “Personal Reflections on Prayer and My Life as a Religious Person”

February 14, 2016
Susan Wagner: “Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva: Selected Verses”

January 10, 2016
Gail Zivin: “Spiritual Feeling in Our Practice, in Our Lives”

December 13, 2015
Richard McKinney: “The Eightfold Path”

November 8, 2015
Zachary Brown: “The Life of the Buddha”

October 11, 2015
David Carpenter: “The Four Noble Truths”


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