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Welcome to the homepage of Karuṇā Tendai Dharma Center / Jiunzan Tendaiji and the Tendai Buddhist Institute, (est. 1997). Karuṇā Tendai Dharma Center is a branch temple of Enryakuji, Mt. Hiei, Japan (the administrative center of the Tendai School and the birthplace of Japanese Buddhism), and an official North American representative of the Tendai School of Japanese Buddhism. We are also the first fully authorized Tendai Buddhist training center for the education of priests and the establishment new Tendai Buddhist Temples and Dharma Centers in North America and beyond.

As Compassion (karuṇā) is a central virtue of the Mahayana Buddhist path, the name for our village temple in East Chatham, NY is “Karuṇā Tendai Dharma Center.” As an branch temple of the Tendai Buddhist lineage, we also have an official Japanese name, registered with Enryakuji Temple on Mt. Hiei, which was given to us by Rev. Shōshin Ichishima: “Jiunzan Tendaiji.” This name means “Compassionate Cloud Tendai Temple,” and reflects the natural surroundings of the Berkshires. The name Tendai Buddhist Institute refers to the educational wing of our organization, which oversees the training and education of priests and the establishment of new Sanghas.

Find here a copy of the Daily Service.


Weekly Meditation

Buddhist meditation services are held on Wednesday evenings, and are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a “Buddhist” to join our service. All are welcome. There is no fee and reservations are not required.

06:00PM, we gather in the main house for a Dharma talk and discussion.
       Schedule of topics may be found in our newsletter, The Shingi: Newsletter of the Tendai Buddhist Institute.
07:00PM, meditation service in the Hondo (Main Hall).
08:00PM, potluck dinner in the main house.

Other Regularly Scheduled Events

Sutra Study classes are held on the first Saturday of every month.

Dharma School and Family Service is held once a month.

Special services such as weddings, memorial services, baby blessing ceremonies, refuge taking ceremony, retreats, and annual events and holidays are held throughout the year.

Please contact us if you would like more information.

November  Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
7                Stump the Sensei –  Got questions about Buddhism that recently came up in your readings or as a result of our weekly discussion? Go for it. This is a time you can ask any question regarding Buddhism and Monshin will do his best to answer it. If you have a question, odds are that other people have a similar question.
14               Why Buddhism and the West Need Each Other: On the Interdependence of Personal and Social Transformation – by David Loy. This is an article in the online Journal of Buddhist Ethics. Read the article and discuss it this evening. David Loy will be speaking at the College of St. Rose, as indicated below. You will find the article at: Click on the article, or cut and paste it into your browser, then scroll down to the article.  
20                Interfaith Thanksgiving Service 7- 8:30 pm    “Giving thanks over troubled waters. Bridging our communities with humility, gratitude, generosity and harmony.” This is an opportunity for our faith community to gather with other faith communities in our area in common worship during this most special of holidays. The service will be held at St. James Roman Catholic Church, at the intersection of Routes 66 and 203 in Chatham, NY.

21                No Meditation Service this Evening – Please attend the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service listed above and join with the larger community. 

28                 Zhiyi’s Memorial Day – Recently Shoshin Jacon sent an article, ‘Zhiyi’s Deep Imprint on East Asian Buddhism’, from Buddhadharma by Jacqueline Stone. It is a review of Paul Swanson’s recent translation of Clear Serenity, Quiet Insight. We will use this as a starting point to discuss Zhiyi and his vast contributions to Buddhism. The article will be available starting in November.

Other Events in November:

1                     The Chatham Synagogue Netivot Torah  is having a Memorial Service for the community in light of the Pittsburgh tragedy. Thursday, November 1st, at 6:30PM at 1536 Route, 28 in Valatie. Please consider being present on this occasion to show our support for the Jewish community during their grief.  
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 sutra 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.  We will be finishing this sutra soon. 
6                     VOTE !!!
13                    A Healing Ecology? Buddhist Reflections on the Eco-Crises by David Loy. The 2018 Vickery Speaker in Ethics and Leadership, at the College of Saint Rose, Lally School of Education, 1009 Madison Ave., from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Monshin will be the moderator for the evening. We will be discussing one of his articles for the meditation service the next evening. 
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – 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. 

Website Guide

For more information about our temple, lineage, and recommended reading list, please see our About Us page.

For more information about Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, and the other Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the Mahayana Buddhist Tradition, see our Buddha Page.

For more information about the teachings and practices of Buddhism, see our Dharma Page.

For more information on temple life, and to see if there is a temple near you, see our Sangha Page.

To learn more about the priests and trainees affiliated with the Tendai Buddhist Institute, please see our Tendai Buddhist Institute Page.