Every Wednesday

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.

September Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
6                 Tendai as an All-inclusive Buddhism-  Ekayana or ‘One-Path’ Buddhism is an important characteristic of Tendai. What does this mean to the 21st century practitioner? 
13          Appropriation and Art in Buddhist Practice – Is ‘appropriation’ appropriate in a Buddhist’s practice? Chorin Peter Donahoe will lead a PowerPoint presentation and conversation on this topic. 
20               O-Higan A time of reflection, a time of practice, a time of pilgrimage, a time of peace. We will examine the literature and practices that are inherent in this observance.  
27                From the Lotus Sutra to Tientai.-  This discussion is taken from chapter seven of Brook Ziporyn’s book, Emptiness and Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction to Tiantai Buddhism. Indiana University Press (2016).

Other Events in September:

9                 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. 
14                 7:00- 8:30 PM – Meditation and discussion (Sunyata – emptiness) led by Monshin  at Sixth Street Community Center, 638 East 6th Street, New York, NY 10009

15 -17                    Monshin will be leading a  Retreat at Buddhist Insights   a non-profit organization connecting people with monastics in Far Rockaway, NYC. The retreat will be One Path, a weekend retreat discovering Tendai Buddhism. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-path-a-weekend-retreat-discovering-tendai-buddhism-tickets-36584860302  for more information and to sign up for the retreat. 
24                 11:30 AM Monshin will be the speaker  – at the New York Buddhist Church (Jodo Shin-shu) for the English O-Higan Service. The link to the temple is www.newyorkbuddhistchurch.org/ 
October Events:
6 – 8              Bodhisattva Retreat- A week-end for sodai, temple leaders, and those who want to put their practice to the service of others. More information next month. 
9                   Fear of the Other – A conference/workshop lead by Monshin and John Amidon. This is sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance of New York and Tierra Farm. How do we mitigate the corrosive effects of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia, xenophobia, racism, and religious intolerance? There will be more about the event in the October Shingi.
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – The need is ongoing and does not diminish in the summer. Please bring non-perishable food items to the Tendai Buddhist Institute on Wednesday’s.  We contribute these items to the Chatham Silent Food Pantry.