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.
January Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
4 A New Year Resolution on Smŗti – This is not the usual New Year resolution. It is a Buddhist way of looking at the coming year in equanimity and purpose.
11 Does the End of Suffering Begin? – We will use the parable of the Arrow in the Pali canon to look at early Buddhist thought regarding Nirvana and then begin to explore the Two Truths doctrine found in Tientai Buddhism. This discussion is taken from chapter two of Brook Ziporyn's recent book, (2016) Emptiness and Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction to Tiantai Buddhism. Indiana University Press.
25 Asian Devotional Buddhism and Buddhism in America: A Contrast The discussion will be derived from an article, not selected at time of printing, but available soon. The discussion will be led Kaisun Chip Frank.
Other Events in January:
31/1 O-ShOgatsu (New Year's) Service – Gather from about 10:30 PM, the Meditation Service in the hondo begins at about 11:15 PM. Following the service, we assemble for a New Year's celebration in the house. Please bring finger foods, appetizers, and drinks that you would like to share. We will have sake and non-alcoholic sparkling beverage, as well as soft drinks. The emphasis on the evening is bringing in the New Year with equanimity and celebrating with sangha, friends and family. All are welcome.
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 5:30 – 7:30 PM – Masjid As-Salam Open House – After the elections how much should Muslims and other minorities worry? This is a gathering to join with people of faith, minorities and other vulnerable people for solidarity and support. Let us know if you would like to attend. Join us for this important event.
Notes and Upcoming Events:
Provide 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. Shumon (Tamami). Providing flowers for the hondo is a service to the temple and a smŗti practice.
Coats and Blankets for Syrian Refugees. Jiunzan Tendai-ji is collecting these necessary items in collaboration with the Turkish Community Center of Albany.
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – The holidays are especially difficult for those who are need of necessities. 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.