Date(s) - 03/01/2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist


Author, counselor, educator, mindfulness and Dharma teacher John Bruna (Jangchub Chophel) will share reflects on how to give yourself permission to stop suffering. It’s a subject he has lived. Bruna grew up in a low-income environment, surrounded by drugs and violence. In 1984, at the age of 22, John found recovery and began a journey that changed the course of his life. John has been a student of Buddhism for many years. A teaching by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama inspired him to become an ordained Buddhist monk. In August 2005, John traveled to Gaden Shartse Monastery in India, where the eminent Lati Rinpoche ordained him with the name of Jangchub Chophel.

John brings his aspirations and vision to life as the co-founder of the Mindful Life Program™ and Mindfulness in Recovery®. He is also the founder of the Way of Compassion Foundation, which is located, along with TRUU, at Carbondale’s Thrid Street Center. Bruna is the author of The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life: The Essence of Mindfulness and The Essential Guidebook to Mindfulness in Recovery.

Frequently asked questions about Sunday Worship:

Where is the worship space, exactly? We meet at the Third Street Center which does have a lot of rooms! As you come in the main entrance, you’ll notice a beautiful room directly in front of you. That is where we have religious exploration classes for our youth. Take a left, and just past the vending machine on the right, you’ll find the hallway to the community room, with beautiful tall windows and string lights. This is our Sanctuary on Sunday mornings.

How accessible is your worship space? We are pleased that someone with a wheelchair will find our services comfortable with close parking, double wide doors, everything is on one level, and the restrooms are also accessible for wheelchair users. We are working on other accessibility improvements such as a hearing loop. Please contact us if there is another accommodation we can provide so we can enjoy your time here with us.

Is there childcare? Every Sunday we have religious exploration for our youth during the service. We worship together as a whole congregation at the start of the service, and then after the Time For All Ages, we sing the kids out for religious exploration classes. As a family, you’re welcome to have your children enjoy the classes or to stay with you for the whole service.

What do people wear? Come as you are. We have dress-on-Sunday best folks with hats, and folks wearing blue-jeans because they just got off the ranch.

If you have questions about what a typical service entails, feel free to contact!