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.
4 Spreading the Teaching of Tendai Outside of Japan and its Future – Presentation by Monshin for the ‘The 40th Anniversary of Tendai Buddhism Overseas Commemorative Symposium’ in Japan on November 27-29th. What is said about the Tendai Buddhist Institute, Tendai-shu New York Betsuin outside of our local sangha? It may be of interest..
11 Bodhi Day – (Day of Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment) Shaka-Jōdō-e in Japanese Tendai. The traditional day of awakening is December 8th. Shakyamuni Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree for a week before awakening. We will observe this momentous occasion during this discussion and service.
18 The Solstice in Buddhist Practice – It is the shortest time of the year on December 21st. The winter solstice is expressed as Ichiyou Raifuku in Japanese, meaning the turning point from Yin to Yang, balance and harmony. What does this period mean to our sangha?
25 No Meditation Service Enjoy the holidays with family and friends.
Other events in December:7 Sutra Class and Morning Service, 8:30 – 10:30 AM - Vajrachedika Prajnaparamita Sutra (The Diamond Sutra). It is as one of the earliest Mahayana sutras and is considered by many scholars as foundational to subsequent Mahayana thought. Don’t miss this informative and fun class. The book used for this class is The Diamond Sutra: transforming the way we perceive the world, by Mu Soeng; Wisdom Publications (2000).
31 O-Shogatsu (New Year’s) Service - Gather from about 10:30 PM, the Meditation Service in the hondo begins at 11:15 PM. Following the service we will assemble for a New Year’s celebration in the house. 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 in equanimity and celebrating with sangha, friends and family. All are welcome.
Notes and Announcements:
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – The need is much greater than the resources of the local food pantries, especially at this time of year. Please bring non-perishable food items to the Tendai Buddhist Institute on Wednesdays. We contribute these items to the Chatham Silent Food Pantry.
Mark Your Calendar – January
1 No Meditation Service – We will be celebrating the New Year from December 31st into the early morning of January 1st – see December 31st.
24 – 26 Taizokai Mandala Retreat - this will be a teaching and meditation on the Womb Matrix mandala, its iconography, meaning and practices. This is a very powerful retreat. We will start Friday at 7:00 PM and be completed on Sunday at 1 PM. Let us know early to reserve a place.