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.


Weekly Meditation Services (WMS)are on Wednesday evenings. They begin at 6pm with a discussion or talk (see below for this month's discussion topics). At about 7pm there is a meditation service, followed at 8pm by a potluck supper. 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

               100-Day Kaihogyo: A Personal Narrative- Rev. Kenei Itoh completed this ascetic practice in 2013. He is at the Betsuin to assist with the Doshu / Soryo gyo and has agreed to provide a more personal perspective on the sacred practices of the 100-day Kaihogyo. 
9                Stump the Sensei ? -  Is there a question regarding the Buddhadharma that you have been waiting to ask? Tonight is the night. Come prepared with a question to pose or an issue to raise. We look forward to it.
16              Ikebana  – Shumon provides a short workshop on Japanese flower arrangement as a complete mindfulness and meditation practice.
23            The Man-made Obstacle: Distinguishing between problems of human birth and problems of human making, by Rita M. Gross. The article is found in the Summer 2014 issue of Tricycle. Read it online or in your magazine if you subscribe. If you don't have access to it several copies will be available at the Institute. 
30           The Five Reflections: a meal Gatha and a contemplation?- The Five Reflections is intended to be a daily reflection in preparation of the morning gruel meal. However, it may also be a series of contemplations used for one's meditation period. We will examine these verses and discuss how they may be employed for your practice.  

 Other events in July:  


July 5       Morning Meditation; 7 – 8 AM. Each morning during the gyo there will be an open mediation. There will be no service at this time only the meditation. Join us each day to encourage your practice and join the gyo participants for this daily meditation, usually led my Monshin.


July 5     Tokudo and Mahasangha Saturday – 10:30 AM.  Two people will be taking vows at Doshu ordination at the conclusion of gyo.  Arrival should be by 10:15 and please do bring something to share.


12        Sutra Class and Morning Service, 8:30 – 10:30 AM

 While not a sutra in the formal sense A guide to the Tiantai Fourfold Teachings, is seminal to Chinese and East Asian Mahayana philosophy, practice and development. The version we are using was translated by Masao Ichishima and Davis Chappell and it is found in found in Tiantai Texts, Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai America, 2013. Join us for a fascinating exploration of pivotal Buddhist teachings.


Notes and Announcements  

Lay Leadership Training  We developed a Lay Leadership Training program for members of all Tendai sangha in North America. The training is intended for people who have been members of a sangha for at least two years, and wish to serve as assistants to the sangha. This is not training to be a priest and does not result in ordination. The next Sodai training period will begin on the evening of September 18th and finish in the afternoon of the 21st. There are a number of requirements. Several people from each sangha may participate. The charge will be similar to a retreat. If you are interested please speak with the leader of your sangha, the participation requires his or her recommendation, and send an e-mail to Monshin-sensei for an application.  
Coming up on Aug. 28     Sangha Baseball Night – Tri-City ValleyCats at Jos. Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY – 6 PM.    The Thursday night game with the Brooklyn Cyclones includes a pre-game buffet style picnic for all the members. The menu includes: Marinated Chicken, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Sausage with Peppers & Onions, Salt Potatoes, Salads, Potato Chips, Watermelon, and Beverages. Each person will also get a souvenir ValleyCats cap. Following the picnic the group will enjoy the game from the Reserved Box seats. This package is $25 per person, $20 for children age 12 and under. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a very casual outing with your sangha. For additional details please contact Kaishun Chip Frank, the Diamond Practice Coordinator.


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.