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.
May Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
4 Ch'an Contrasted with Chih-kuan – T'ien-tai Zhyii's View of "Zen" and the Practice of the Lotus Sutra.
11 Women's Role in Early Buddhism – On the Legal and Economic Activities of Buddhist Nuns: Two Examples from Early India.
18 Endonsho: Perfect Sudden (from the Mo ho chi kuan, Jpn. Makashikan) – This is an essential Tendai Buddhist teaching that instructs our meditation, practices and philosophies.
25 Stump the Sensei – Ok, It's that time again where you can ask any question regarding Buddhism and Monshin will do his best to answer it. Are there questions that did not receive an adequate answer during our discussions, or maybe there was a question that came from readings or daydreams. Now is the time to ask.
Other Events in May:
7 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.
Notes and Upcoming Events :
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – Springtime 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
Summer Retreat – We are looking to add a summer retreat this year in late July or early August. Let Shumon or Monshin know if this would interest you. .