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.

November  Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
1                 Back to Basics –  Periodically it is important to revisit the basics. The basics are often viewed as a starting point from which we move onto intermediate, and advanced teachings. The basics are in and of themselves advanced. Few people ever truly embody these teachings, before moving onto the easier advanced teachings
8                Progression of Meditation – from India to East Asia.  – All meditation is not alike. We will follow meditation from India, in Pali canon and Nikaya Buddhism to East Asia, including, Chan, Tiantai and Huayan.
15               Experiments with Tiantai Practice – 

This discussion is taken from Chapter Nine of Brook Ziporyn’s book, Emptiness and Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction to Tiantai Buddhism. Indiana University Press (2016).


22                Zhiyi’s Commemoration  – Zhiyi is best known for being the first in Chinese Buddhism to elaborate a complete, critical and systematic classification of the Buddhist teachings. He is also regarded as the first major figure to make a significant break from the Indian tradition, to form an indigenous Chinese system. Please Note: there will be no Pot luck dinner this evening, so people can prepare for Thanksgiving feast.
29                The Other as Antithetic to Buddhist Teachings –  Toni Morrison has brought us an unsettling account of the damages ‘The Other’ has brought to our society, our institutions, and our personal lives, in her series of lectures in book form. Go ahead read the book so you can join the conversation better informed. Morrison, T. (2017) The Origin of Others. Harvard University Press 

Other Events in November:  

4                 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.

5           Sunday – 4 PM – Join us for Dinner to Celebrate 20 years of taking refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha  by Shoshin (Sandy) Jacon, Mushin (Sam) Press and Onyou (Susan) Bues at Tendai Buddhist Institute. In lieu of gifts, please make a monetary contribution to the Tendai Buddhist Institute in gratitude for all they do for us. Please consider giving even If you can’t attend. Daylight savings ends this day so we have and extra hour of awakening! RSVP to Onyou Susan Bues or Shoshin Sandy Jacon.
Upcoming Events in December:
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.
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – The need is ongoing and does not diminish in the autumn. Please bring non-perishable food items to the Tendai Buddhist Institute on Wednesday’s.  We contribute these items to the Chatham Silent Food Pantry.