Weekly Meditation Services (WMS) are on Wednesday evenings. They begin at 6 PM with a discussion or talk (see below for this month's discussion topics). At about 7 PM there is a meditation service followed at 8 PM by a potluck dinner. All of Wednesday evening's events are open to the public. There is no fee and reservations are not required.
December Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
7 Bodhi Day – In Japan Shakyamuni Buddha's enlightenment day is observed on the 8th of the twelfth month. We will discuss the nature of awakening and how Gautama of the Shakya clan changed history in Asia because of this momentous event.
14 Letting Suffering Be in Early Buddhism – Dukkha is a paradox. We will be exploring what this means and what we can learn from early Buddhism. This discussion, and others, in the future are using Brook Ziporyn's recent book, (2016) Emptiness and Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction to Tiantai Buddhism. Indiana University Press. This is from Chapter one.
21 Winter Solstice – A time for end and a time for beginnings; In Japan, this period is called Bonenkai. We will use this evening for a sangha discussion about where we find ourselves at the end of the year.
28 No Meditation Service this Wednesday. Join us for the New Year's Eve Service – see below.
Other Events in December:
3 Sutra Class and Morning Service, 8:30 – 10:30 AM – The Maha Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra (Heart Sutra) is the most often chanted, cited and best known sutras in the Mahayana canon. We will read and discuss two different translations and commentaries (Mu Soeng's and Red Pine's) as a set throughout the classes.
31/1 O-ShOgatsu (New Year's) Service – Gather from about 10:30 PM, the Meditation Service in the hondo begins at about 11:15 PM. Following the service, we assemble for a New Year's celebration in the house. Please bring finger foods, appetizers, and drinks that you would like to share. We will have sake and non-alcoholic sparkling beverage, as well as soft drinks. The emphasis on the evening is bringing in the New Year with equanimity and celebrating with sangha, friends and family. All are welcome.
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – The Autumn with its many celebrations is especially difficult for those who are need of the very basic necessities. Gratitude is best shown by extending to others the thoughtfulness we have received. Please bring non-perishable food items to the Tendai Buddhist Institute on Wednesday's. We contribute these items to the Chatham Silent Food Pantry
Please sign up to be in charge of Flowers for a month at Tendai Buddhist Institute / Jiunzan Tendai-ji. You can either bring them yourself or pay to have them purchased for you. There is a sign-up sheet on the notice board in the kitchen. If you have any questions please ask Shoshin (Sandy), Chorin (Peter), or Shumon (Tamami). Providing flowers for the hondo is a service to the temple and a smŗti practice. By providing flowers one makes an important contribution to Jiunzan Tendai-ji.