Every Wednesday

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.

  July  Wednesday Meditations and Discussions

5                 Shinto: The Way of the Kami- For all practical purposes Shinto and Buddhism are, with a few exceptions, what amounts to a single faith in Japan, a complex syncretism that meets the religious needs of most Japanese. We will examine this little understood aspect of Japanese Buddhism.

12              Hongaku Shiso (original enlightenment)   – Jacqueline Stone writes, "In the medieval Tendai context, "original enlightenment" [Hongaku Shiso] thought denotes an array of doctrines and concepts associated with the proposition that all beings are enlightened inherently. What does this mean in the larger context of Buddhism today? 

19               Lotus Sutra as Integral to Tien Tai Philosophy –  This discussion is taken from chapter Five of Brook Ziporyn's book, Emptiness and Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction to Tiantai Buddhism. Indiana University Press (2016).

26                Stump the Sensei  –  – What have you been meaning to ask but always forget when the time comes. Now is the time to write down your questions and bring them to the this free ranging session of questions and answers.  

Other Events in July:

  8                 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:

 The Diamond Path is Calling! – The sangha's annual trek to Troy to see our local minor league baseball team the Valley Cats is being planned for a weekend night late in August. This has become an opportunity to join with our neighboring sanghas in joyful fellowship no matter what the score. So watch the bulletin board for details. As well, outings are also being planned for trips to Tanglewood and the Berkshire Theater Group. 

Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – The need is ongoing and does not diminish in the summer. Please bring non-perishable food items to the Tendai Buddhist Institute on Wednesday's.  We contribute these items to the Chatham Silent Food Pantry.