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.
October Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
1 Lotus Sutra: Chapter 7 – The Parable of the Magic City. This is the fourth of seven parables in the Lotus Sutra. It has two messages in a single chapter. One message deals with the nature of the Tathagata, and the second the parable of the vision of a magic city. Each month we examine a chapter of the Lotus Sutra, the primary doctrinal teaching of Tendai. There are two complete versions of this formative East Asian sutra available as pdf on line. Find these at the following links: https://www.bdkamerica.org/digital/dBET_T0262_LotusSutra_2007.pdf
8 White Trash Buddhist. - Do you have to break the bank to break into the upper middle way? A Kentucky native shows us what practice looks like on minimum wage. This article by Brent R. Oliver appears in the fall, 2014 Tricycle. You can either read it in the magazine or pick up a copy from the Betsuin before the week of the discussion.
15 Q&A – Stump the Sensei - The Q&A provides an opportunity for you to receive direct answers to questions you may have from readings, previous discussions, conversations with others, day dreaming, etc. Write down the question and bring it along. Don't be reluctant there are no dumb questions.
22 Shakayamuni Buddha's Quest - Often we examine and discuss the life of Shakayamuni Buddha, with special attention to his awakening. We skim over the events between his renunciation of the household and his awakening under the Bodhi tree. The six year search before awakening itself is quite instructive. That is our focus this evening.
29 Pure Land Buddhism in East Asia - Originating in India this form of Buddhism is the dominant tradition in China, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. We will discuss Pure Land Buddhism from the perspective of the original Nien-fo ssu-shih-pa fa by the Chinese Buddhist scholar Cheng Wei-an.
4 Sutra Class and Morning Service, 8:30 – 10:30 AM.
While not a sutra in the formal sense A guide to the Tiantai Fourfold Teachings, is seminal to Chinese and East Asian Mahayana philosophy, practice and development. The version we are using was translated by Masao Ichishima and Davis Chappell and it is found in found in Tiantai Texts, Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai America, 2013. Join us for a fascinating exploration of pivotal Buddhist teachings.
24 -26 Tathata Retreat –
This retreat will explore Tathata (aka Thusness and Suchness) which means the true nature of all things, the essence of all things. Tathatā is considered as the Ultimate Reality in the Mahayana mysticism. It is immanent in life, yet transcends its expression. It is beyond all concepts and distinctions, immovable and immutable. While Tathata is beyond conception we will use various methods to better incorporate these teachings into our daily lives. The retreat begins at 7:30 PM on Friday the 24th and is concluded at 1 PM on Sunday the 26th. Please contact Monshin or Shumon if you are interested in attending.
Notes and Announcements:
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – The number of families who now depend on the food pantry has grown as a direct result of the continued economic recession. There are fewer and fewer resources going to more and more people. Please bring non-perishable food items to the Tendai Buddhist Institute on Wednesdays. We contribute these items to the Chatham Silent Food Pantry.
Replacement of the front porch, side porch, building a Temple Gate in front of the Hondo, and construction of a walk from the parking lot to the front of the main house – will this start this fall. In the spring we will be doing repairs to and painting the exterior of the main house. During this time all events will go on as normal. However, there may be some minor disruption that people can deal with easily. Please bear with us during this time.