Every Wednesday

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.  

August Wednesday Meditations and Discussions

6            Lotus Sutra: Chapter 5 – The Parable of the HerbsThis chapter examines the universal nature of Buddhist teachings, while at the same time discussing why the differences in people give rise to a differences in the receptive this teaching. Each month we examine a chapter of the Lotus Sutra, the primary doctrinal teaching of Tendai. There are two complete versions of this formative East Asian sutra available as pdf on line. Find these at the following links:  
13           Obon  - is an annual Buddhist event in Japan for commemorating one's ancestors. It is believed that each year during Obon the ancestors' spirits return to this world in order to visit their relatives. Obon originates from the story of Maha Maudgalyayana , a disciple of the Shakyamuni Buddha. We will investigate Obon's place in today's society. 
20           Buddhist Practices Applied to Everyday Life - We will watch the 19 minute TED talk by Psychologist Barry Schwartz in which he takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied. Following this we will discuss the steps Schwartz proposes in relation to a Buddhist life. If most people choose to see the talk first we will have more time for discussion. The link is: http://www.ted.com/talks/barry_schwartz_on_the_paradox_of_choice 


27           Sunyata as a Spiritual Concept -  the conceptual interpretation and application of Buddhist sunyata is more than an exploration of the nature of reality it is by its very nature a spiritual expression of the middle way and the key to all of Mahayana and Tendai.


Other events in August:     


9            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.   


29           Sangha Baseball Night -  Tri-city Valley Cats at Jos. Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY  -  6 PM  The Friday night game with the Brooklyn Cyclones includes a pre-game buffet style picnic for all the members. The menu includes: Marinated Chicken, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Sausage with Peppers & Onions, Salt Potatoes, Salads, Potato Chips, Watermelon, and Beverages. Each person will also get a souvenir ValleyCats cap. Following the picnic the group will enjoy the game from the Reserved Box seats. This package is $25 per person, $20 for children age 12 and under. There's may also be an Octoberfest option which has German food and beer. Kaishun will provide more information about this as the game gets closer.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy a very casual outing with your sangha. For additional details please contact Kaishun Chip Frank, the Diamond Practice Coordinator.



Notes and Announcements:


Lay Leadership Training - We developed a Lay Leadership Training program for members of all Tendai sangha in North America. The training is intended for people who have been members of a sangha for at least two years, and wish to serve as assistants to the sangha. This is not training to be a priest and does not result in ordination. The next Sodai training period will begin on the evening of September 18th and finish in the afternoon of the 21st. There are a number of requirements. Several people from each sangha may participate. The charge will be similar to a retreat. If you are interested please speak with the leader of your sangha, the participation requires his or her recommendation, and send an e-mail to Monshin-sensei for an application. 


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.