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.
March Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
5 Lotus Sutra: Chapter 1 – Introduction We will be investigating one chapter a month of the lotus sutra until we complete the 28 chapters. This is a different format than that we use for sutra class, we have much less time for the class and we need to provide a more focused appraisal. The first chapter is rather lengthy and is a prologue, setting up the teachings that follow in the remaining chapters. There are two complete versions of this most important of all East Asian sutra available as pdf on line. Find these at the following links:
12 Isshin (One Mind) - Used as a general term in East Asian Buddhism for a focused undisturbed mind, and it has specific meaning from a doctrinal context. We will discuss all the meanings and how they relate to the Buddhadharma today.
19 The VImalakirti Sutra: Humor, Non-Duality and serious dharma - Chorin Peter Donahoe will talk about the uniqueness of the Vimalakirti sutra and its challenge to our expectations on the bodhisattva path: " So three guys walk into a bar…"
26 The Science Delusion: An interview with cultural critic Curtis White - This article found in the Spring 2014 release of Tricycle will be available at Tendai Buddhist Institute for several weeks before the discussion.
8 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 foundational Buddhist teachings..
Please note that the class will be held on the second Saturday of the month for this month only.
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – The need is much greater than the resources of the local food pantries, especially at this time of year. Please bring non-perishable food items to the Tendai Buddhist Institute on Wednesdays. We contribute these items to the Chatham Silent Food Pantry.
We normally hold an O-Higan retreat around the spring solstice. This spring we will be trying something different. We will hold a weekend retreat in April (the sacrilege). The retreat will begin the evening of April 11th and end around noon on April 13th. The topic will be "Coming to terms with the non-self." This retreat is intended for all levels of practice and experience. However, bring an empty mind.