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.
3 The Buddhist Path – The Path of regular Steps and Irregular Steps – Buddhism as a lifestyle, as a philosophy, as a religion. What is the Buddhist Path as well as what it is not. This takes the form of a discussion rather than a lecture.
10 The Founding of the Tendai Buddhist Institute, Tendai-shu New York Betsuin Part. 2 – Last month we provided a glimpse of the Tendai Buddhist Institute origins, we will continue with the renovation of the hondo (sanctuary).
17 Dainichi Nyorai (Skt Vairocana or Maha Vairocana) – represents the pinnacle among Japan's esoteric sects. He is referred to as the 'Life Force That Illuminates the Universe'. Dainichi Nyorai is the embodiment of the 'Awareness of the Continuum of Reality' and the lord of the Tathagātha families. Please note: There will NOT be a pot-luck dinner this evening.
24 Sangha – The Buddhist Community – Personal reflections from gyoja and TBI sangha members. Please note there WILL be a pot-luck dinner this evening. Be sure to join us for an ordination of Doshu and celebration of the completion of the gyo.
Other Events in June:
6 Sangha Clean-up and prep for Anniversary Ceremony – from 9 AM – 3:00 PM – There is grounds work as well as sundry tasks and jobs to prepare for the large celebration we will hold on June 13th. Join us for the day or for a morning or afternoon. A light lunch will be provided. We would like to give a special thank you to the people who joined us in April for Spring cleanup.
13 9 AM – 3:00 PM – 10/20th Anniversary Observance. This is the 20th anniversary of Tendai Buddhist Institute and the 10th anniversary of the consecration of our Hondo. We start with a formal Tokodo (ordination ceremony) for Koshin Karl Bower and Shingaku Jenny Henderson. After this ceremony they will be registered in Japan This is followed by a formal anniversary observance ceremony that will be performed by 33 Japanese Tendai monks, including Kobori-sensei the Executive Director of Enryakuji and Yamada-sensei Abbot of Chusonji, and a dozen or more locally trained monks. A tasty lunch will be served and all are welcome, but please RSVP if you plan to attend.
15 -24 Doshu/Soryo Gyo – will take place during this period. At this time the Tendai Buddhist Institute becomes a monastic training center. Until the middle of the 20th century the regional head temples in Japan were periodically given over to this function. Now virtually all men and women who train to be monks/priests complete at least the Gegyo portion (the exoteric phase) of their training at the Gyoin (training institute) on Mt. Hiei, while the Shido Kegyo (esoteric phase) may be conducted by their Shisho (Master) at his/her temple, or at the Mt. Hiei Gyoin.
15 – 24 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 inspire your practice and join the gyo participants for this daily meditation, usually led my Monshin.
Notes and Announcements:
Judi Croft is coordinating the salads and desserts for the upcoming 10/20 Anniversary Ceremony lunch. Please contact Judi at judicroft.z(at)gmail.com and let her know if you are going to bring a desert or salad to the event lunch. Please note to use @ for (at) in Judy's address.
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.