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.
February Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
4 Ask the Sensei – Stump the sensei was on vacation for a time. You must have some questions you would like to ask, now is the time. I'm not asking you to stump the sensei, it may too broad an invitation at this time.
11 From the Sodai – Ansu Jane Lanning – The Duhkha of Illness as Teacher. With the science of medicine's impressive armamentarium of refined surgical techniques and a steady flow of innovative pharmaceutical interventions, illness and mortality are often seen as a challenge, as something to fight, but invariably we lose "the battle." We live in an age of brilliant rescue, and thus when the ill person is not rescued, the treatment is judged to have failed and the patient has lost the battle. Too often medicine focuses on what is medically significant over that which is personally significant and so duhkha, or suffering, is seen as unnecessary and avoidable. The subject for discussion is to consider how the wisdom of the Four Noble Truths might inform the illness experience.
18 Shakyamuni Buddha's Paranirvana – A commemoration of the death of the historic buddha. We will discuss the import of this event and engage the canon of literature on its meaning.
25 Lotus Sutra: Chapter 11: Beholding the Precious Stupa –
Suddenly a resplendent stupa, springs from the ground and stands in the sky, and from inside a great voice announces how wonderful it is that Shakyamuni, is preaching for the assembly the Lotus Sutra – a teaching founded on knowledge of the truth that all living beings alike have the buddha-nature. We will discuss this profound teaching.
There are two complete versions of this sutra available as pdf on line. Find these at the following links: https://www.bdkamerica.org/digital/dBET_T0262_LotusSutra_2007.pdf
Other events in February:
7 Sutra Class and Morning Service, 8:30 – 10:30AM -
The Maha Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra (Heart Sutra) 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.
13-15 February Virya Retreat -Virya is translated from Sanskrit as energy, forbearance, or diligence. It is the fourth of the Six Paramitas and the first of the 'Higher Perfections'. We will be examining this essential model of Bodhisattva behavior through practices and teachings. This is considered an intermediate level retreat. 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
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Do you have a question or a topic you would like to have addressed on a Wednesday evening discussion? Please let Monshin know. Your question or topic is no doubt of interest to other people.