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Welcome to the Tendai Buddhist Institute, an official North American representative of the Tendai School of Japanese Buddhism, and branch of Enryakuji, Mt. Hiei, Japan.  Tendai Buddhist Institute is comprised of the Karuna Tendai Dharma Center and Jiunzan Tendaiji.

Weekly Meditation
Buddhist meditation services are held on Wednesday evenings.
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.
07:00PM, we move to the Hondo (Main Hall) for the meditation service.
08:00PM, we enjoy a potluck dinner.

All of Wednesday evening’s events are open to the public.
There is no fee and reservations are not required.

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

April Wednesday Meditations and Discussions 
 
4                Good and Evil in Buddhist Thought –  As a discussion piece, ‘The Nonduality of Good and Evil’, a short article by David Loy, Tricycle – Spring 2002 is the jumping off point for this topic. The article will be available in the kuri a week before the discussion. Due to the inclement weather last month we did not discuss this at that time.
 
11               What is the Role of Forgiveness in Buddhist Practice – An article by Ken McLeod and a response by Thanissaro Bhikkhu will be used to examine this debatable subject. The articles will be available in the kuri a week before the discussion.  Due to the inclement weather last month we did not discuss this at that time.
 
18          Thomas Merton: His Insight and Wisdom- This discussion centers around New Seeds of Contemplation.Originally published in 1961, reprinted with an introduction by Sue Monk Kidd, 2007, by New Direction Books. The book is 39 chapters and 297 pages, too long for a Wednesday evening discussion. Please read chapters 1 – 9, 69 pages, enough to absorb for an evening’s discussion. 
 
25             Mikkyō –  (Jpn – secret teachings – esoteric, Buddhist mysticism) is a Japanese term that refers to Vajrayāna practices of the Tendai school. We will discuss the role of mikkyō in both ordained and lay practices.  
 

Other Events in April:

  
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.
 
8                Hanamatsuri (Festival of Flowers – Shakyamuni Buddha’s Birthday) 10:30 AM – This is a fun holiday for the whole family where we tell the story of the Buddha’s birth, and pour sweet tea over a statue of the baby Buddha. This is a great opportunity to share the story of the Buddha with our children, families, and friends. There will be a special program for younger ones and a pot-luck lunch following the service.
 
17              The Rise of Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Solutions and Challenges with Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi. Tues, 7 PM.  Dr. Alfredi is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Holocaust, Genocide, and Interfaith Education at Manhattan College, NYC. The Sidney Albert Interfaith Spring Lecture is held at the Hubbard Sanctuary, College of St. Rose, 959 Madison Ave. Albany, NY.  
 
NOTES:
Please sign up to donate flowers for a month –  at Tendai Buddhist Institute / Jiunzan Tendai-ji. You can either bring them yourself or pay to have them purchased for you.  There is a sign-up sheet on the notice board in the kitchen. If you have any questions please ask Shoshin (Sandy), Chorin (Peter), or Shumon (Tamami). Providing flowers for the hondo is a service to the temple and a smŗti practice. By providing flowers one makes an important contribution to Jiunzan Tendai-ji. Several people can choose to contribute together. We still have several months available later in the year.. 
 
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.