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.
December Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
3 Lotus Sutra: Chapter 9 – Prediction of the Destiny of Arhats, Training and Trained – Rahula, and Ananda, both of whom were numbered among the ten great disciples, felt outcast at not being included in the predictions of Buddhahood in the previous chapter, eight. They began to wonder why this should be. This chapter not only explains that question, but is also relevant to all who follow the Buddha path. There are two complete versions of this formative East Asian sutra available as pdf on line. Find these at the following links: https://www.bdkamerica.org/digital/dBET_T0262_LotusSutra_2007.pdf
10 Bodhi Day – or Rohatsu - as it's known in Japan, — is the day Shakyamuni Buddha finds awakening. The day is actually the 8th of December, however, we will observe this important day during our regular discussion and service.
17 Solstice Service – Ichiyou Raifuku – (Jpn – Sun comes back) – in Japanese it means the turning point from Yin to Yang; bad things are coming to an end and new, better ones are to be expected. The Solstice (Jpn – Toji) marks the date in which the goddess Amaterasu emerged from exile in a cave. We will observe the solstice with stories and lights
24 No Meditation Service this Evening.
31 No Regular Meditation Service this Evening – however, there is a Shogatsu (New Year's ) Service starting at 11 PM, Ending about 12:30 AM – The meditation is accompanied by the traditional ringing of a gong 108 times in order to rid oneself of obscurations and defilements. The service is such that everyone is sitting meditation as the New Year Begins. We then retire to the Kuri (main house) and celebrate with champagne, sake, finger foods and such. Join us for this solemn and festive observance and celebration.
Other events in December:
6 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.
31 New Year's Eve Meditation Service -See above description.
Notes and Announcements
We will be start exploring a different sutra for Sutra class on January 10th
The Maha Prajna Paramita Hridaya Sutra (Heart Sutra) is the most oft chanted, cited, and best known sutras in the Mahayana canon. We will read and discuss two different translations and commentaries as a set throughout the classes. Please acquire these texts before the class; Mu Soeng (trans. and commentary) (2010) The Heart of the Universe: Exploring the Heart Sutra. Wisdom Publications, and Red Pine (trans. and commentary) (2004) The Heart Sutra: The Womb of Buddhas. Counterpoint.
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.