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.
1 The Founding of the Tendai Buddhist Institute, Tendai-shu New York Betsuin – how did it arise and where are we going?
8 Hana-matsuri – (Shakyamuni Buddha's Birthday – Flower Festival). Join us for the discussion and the distinctive celebration of Siddhārtha Gautama's birth.
15 Euthanasia from a Buddhist perspective – in the US there are several states that permit physician-assisted suicide, and there have been ballot initiatives in a number of others that have rejected this practice. We will examine euthanasia from Buddhist perspective, both historically, and in a modern context.
22 From a Doshu – Sansho Tamarack Garlow – Neurons and Synapses, The Physical Manifestation of The Skandas.
29 Ho-yu (Ch. Niu-tou, E. Oxhead) School of Ch'an in China and Japan –This originally Northern school of Chinese Ch'an (zen) was brought back from China by Saicho around 804 C.E. It ceased to as a school in China with its last Patriarch who died in 792. We will explore this interesting school and it's teachings for us today.
Other events in April:
11 Sutra Class and Morning Service, 8:30 – 10:30 AM – The Maha Prajna Parmita Hridaya Sutra (The Heart Sutra).
It is the most oft 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.
18 Clean-up Day 10 AM – 3:30 PM – Spring is here, though we might not notice on those days it snows. We need to clean-up after the long, snowy and cold winter. There is grounds work, as well as sundry tasks and jobs to prepare our temple for the warmer weather. We also need to prepare for the large celebration we will hold mid-June, (see below). Join us for the day or for a morning or afternoon. A light lunch will be provided.
Notes and Announcements:
June 13th, 9 AM – 2 PM – 10/20th Anniversary Observance
A formal ceremony be will held by about 30 Japanese Tendai monks, a dozen or more locally trained monks, and other dignitaries. There will also be a formal Tokodo (ordination ceremony) for Koshin Karl Bower and Shingaku Jenny Henderson, after this they will be registered in Japan. A tasty lunch will be served. All are welcome, but, please RSVP if you plan to attend.
Flowers for the Hondo – This is an important role to which anyone can contribute. There are still four months open for donation. Each month the flowers in the hondo are donated by a sangha member. This is a wonderful way to donate to Jiunzan Tendai-ji of Tendai Buddhist Institute. One can literally see one's contribution. Please sign-up on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board or let Shumon know.
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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.