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Welcome to the Tendai Buddhist Institute, an official North American representative of the Tendai School of Japanese Buddhism, and branch of Enryakuji, Mt. Hiei, Japan.  Tendai Buddhist Institute is comprised of the Karuna Tendai Dharma Center and Jiunzan Tendaiji.

Weekly Meditation
Buddhist meditation services are held on Wednesday evenings.
06:00PM, we gather in the main house for a Dharma talk and discussion.
       Schedule of topics may be found in our newsletter, The Shingi.
07:00PM, we move to the Hondo (Main Hall) for the meditation service.
08:00PM, we enjoy a potluck dinner.

All of Wednesday evening’s events are open to the public.
There is no fee and reservations are not required.

Special services such as weddings, memorial services, baby blessing ceremonies, and annual events and holidays are held throughout the year. 

 

January Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
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 Kuri. 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.
3                Ajikan Meditation in Tendai Practice –  A fundamental tantric practice, that dates to the Vedic traditions, is the basis for Full Moon Meditation. We will examine the practice prior to accomplishing it in the Hondo.  
10                The Ten Oxherding Pictures – Attributed to Chinese Ch’an Master, Guo-an Shi-yuan, in the Sung dynasty China (1126-1279 AD). They provide useful imagery of an illusion to be negated before a seeker of truth can experience enlightenment. We will discuss them in a contemporary context.
17               What Constitutes a Sutra? This is not an inconsequential question. It is at the very core of the schism between different forms of the Buddha dharma. We will explore the source, expansion and spread of Sutra.
24                Tiantai Ethics and the Worst Case Scenario –  This discussion is taken from Chapter Ten of Brook Ziporyn’s book, Emptiness and Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction to Tiantai Buddhism. Indiana University Press (2016).
31                A Glance at Some of Shakyamuni Buddha’s Disciples. –  Who are some of the principle acolytes of the historical Buddha, and what can we learn from their hagiography?

Other Events in January:

6                 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: 
Please sign up to donate 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. If you have any questions please ask Shoshin (Sandy), Chorin (Peter), or Shumon (Tamami). Providing flowers for the hondo is a service to the temple and a smŗti practice. By providing flowers one makes an important contribution to Jiunzan Tendai-ji. 
 
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – Winter is 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.