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.
March Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
4 Refashioning of Enlightenment - the term enlightenment is synonymous with the Buddhist Path. The term has been repurposed and reimagined over the last 2,500 years. We will examine the meanings and see how it might be employed contemporaneously.
11 Stump the Sensei - Time to pull out the questions you have thought about when reading or during discussions, but did not want to ask. Now is the time to explore, satisfy your curiosity or clarify an issue.
18 From the Sodai – Chorin Peter Donahoe – Yakushi Nyorai (Medicine Buddha) The importance of the image of the standing Buddha of Healing in the growth of early Tendai and the use of Images in devotion will be presented.
25 Spring O-Higan – Just the term spring should make this outstanding. We will discuss the meaning of this important Buddhist observance and how it applies to your everyday practice.
Other events in March:
7 Sutra Class and Morning Service, 8:30 – 10:30 AM - The Maha Prajna Parmita Hridaya Sutra (The Heart Sutra).
It is the most oft chanted, cited, and best known sutras in the Mahayana canon. We will read and discuss two different translations and commentaries as a set throughout the classes. Please acquire these texts before the class; Mu Soeng (trans. and commentary) (2010) The Heart of the Universe: Exploring the Heart Sutra. Wisdom Publications, and Red Pine (trans. and commentary) (2004) The Heart Sutra: The Womb of Buddhas. Counterpoint
27 -29 March Spring Retreat – Buddhist Mindfulness – Mindfulness means many things and is used in many ways dependent on the context. There is therapeutic mindfulness, pop mindfulness, etc. We will be looking at mindfulness from a Buddhist practices perspective. The retreat begins at 7:30 PM on Friday and continues until 1 PM on Sunday. Please inform Shumon or Monshin of your intended participation. All are welcome.
Notes and Announcements:
Do you have a question or a topic you would like have addressed on a Wednesday evening discussion? Please let Monshin know. Your question or topic most likely of interest to other people.
Flowers for the Hondo – This is an important role to which anyone can contribute. There are still four months open for donation. Each month the flowers in the hondo are donated by a sangha member. This is a wonderful way to donate to Jiunzan Tendai-ji of Tendai Buddhist Institute. One can literally see one's contribution. Please sign-up on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board or let Shumon know.
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Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – Please bring non-perishable food items to the Tendai Buddhist Institute on Wednesdays. We contribute these items to the Chatham Silent Food Pantry.