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.
February Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
1 Mikkyo (Esoteric Buddhist Practices) – What is it, where did it start, and why is it a feature of Tendai Buddhism? My recent trip to Japan was to finish a project translating Shidokegyo (Tendai mikkyo texts). I'll discuss the reason why translation of these texts is important.
8 Mahayana Approaches to Emptiness –
"Neither the world of suffering nor its cessation is what we think it is." This discussion is taken from chapter two of Brook Ziporyn's recent book, (2016) Emptiness and Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction to Tiantai Buddhism. Indiana University Press.
15 Shakyamuni Buddha's Parinirvana Day – This is the most often celebrated date of Shakyamuni Buddha's dying and attaining Nirvana in East Asia. We will observe this by examining passages of the Parinirvana Sutra and a discussion of impermanence and the meaning of Nirvana.
22 Buddhist Values: Unjust Policies: What's a person of conscience to do when confronted by repression, authoritarian rule and injustice. We will be looking for guidance in a discordant social milieu.
Other Events in February:
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.
Notes and Upcoming Events:
March 17-19 (Friday 7PM – Sunday 1 PM) O-Higan Retreat.
More about the subject matter in next month's Shingi. Please contact Shumon or Monshin to reserve your space.
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. Shumon (Tamami). Providing flowers for the hondo is a service to the temple and a smŗti practice.
Coats and Blankets for Syrian Refugees. Jiunzan Tendai-ji is collecting these necessary items in collaboration with the Turkish Community Center of Albany. It is winter – hundreds of thousands of refugees get by with little more than the clothes on their back when they escaped their war torn homeland. This is important.
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – The need is ongoing and does not diminish after the holidays. Please bring non-perishable food items to the Tendai Buddhist Institute on Wednesday's. We contribute these items to the Chatham Silent Food Pantry.
Many people have asked for updates with information on events in the Capital Region. Here is a link:
Gassho . . . Monshin