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.

May  Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
3                 Transcendence and Immanence in Buddhist Thought These terms originate in Judeo-Christian theology. However, they are firmly located in Buddhist teachings, though often willfully ignored. This is a discussion of how they are not only present, but essential to a modern understanding of the Buddha Path.

10               The Evolution of the Female Sangha  Buddhist Gender discrimination originated with Shakyamuni Buddha's step mother, Mahāprajāpatī. Over time women's roles in Buddhism waxed and wane as cultural manifestations of the teachings were reinterpreted. If we are to embody a non-discriminatory form of 21st century Buddhadharma we must understand the context and realities.

17               Is the Buddhadharma Altering the Fabric of American Society?    In Asia, Buddha sasana became a major contributor to the worldview of both the aristocracy and the common person. To what degree is this occurring today in the non-Asian world.
24                A Historical Context of Spirituality and its contribution to Modern Views  –  The term spirituality is employed for a host of meanings today. The term originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It belies its true significance for how we approach the sacred in our lives. 
31                Butsudan (Household Buddhist Altar)  –  Many of our sangha members have a butsudan in their homes, others would like to know how to better create and maintain one. We will discuss this important topic and look at a Japanese butsudan that was donated to us.

 Other Events in May:  

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. 
20                 Sangha Work Day – 9 AM – 3 PM   – Time to pitch in and do the chores that keeps our temple neat and clean. Join us to sweep, rake leaves, mend some of the ravages of winter, tend our flower beds, pull weeds, etc. Bring gloves and any garden tools you like. Lunch will be provided. No need to spend the whole day, join us for an hour or two if that's all you can spare.


Notes and Upcoming Events: 

Provide 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. . There are several months still vacant. Providing flowers for the hondo is a service to the temple and a smŗti practice.   

Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji The need is ongoing and does not diminish in the spring. Please bring non-perishable food items to the Tendai Buddhist Institute on Wednesday's.  We contribute these items to the Chatham Silent Food Pantry.