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Welcome to the Tendai Buddhist Institute, an official North American representative of the Tendai School of Japanese Buddhism, and branch of Enryakuji, Mt. Hiei, Japan.  Tendai Buddhist Institute is comprised of the Karuna Tendai Dharma Center and Jiunzan Tendaiji.

Weekly Meditation
Buddhist meditation services are held on Wednesday evenings.
06:00PM, we gather in the main house for a Dharma talk and discussion.
       Schedule of topics may be found in our newsletter, The Shingi.
07:00PM, we move to the Hondo (Main Hall) for the meditation service.
08:00PM, we enjoy a potluck dinner.

All of Wednesday evening’s events are open to the public.
There is no fee and reservations are not required.

Special services such as weddings, memorial services, baby blessing ceremonies, and annual events and holidays are held throughout the year. 


February Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
7                Buddhism in the West: As a Value-Added Commodity –  There is no American Buddhism, but there are Buddhisms in America. We will scrutinize what gave rise to the forms Buddhism has taken in the Buddhist Diaspora.
14               Shakyamuni Buddha’s Paranirvana Day – Paranirvana is the final nirvana, which occurred upon the death of Shakyamuni Buddha. We commemorate the day with a discussion and special meditation. 
21              Anatta-lakkhana Sutta: The Discourse on the Not-self Characteristics – a sangha member asked to examine this sutra as it regards the nature of non-self, one of the three seals of Buddhism.
28               Tiantai Ethics and the Worst-Case Scenario-  This discussion is taken from Chapter Ten of Brook Ziporyn’s book, Emptiness and Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction to Tiantai Buddhism. Indiana University Press (2016). This is a reprised discussion.

Other Events in February:

3                 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.
11                Family Day – This is a monthly (perhaps in the future bi-monthly) opportunity for families with small children to gather together, a Dharma school for the youngsters and a service with meditation for the parents. It will start at 10 AM and conclude with a pot-luck lunch. Buddhist Education Director Dr. Aaron Proffitt organizes and directs the children programing, while Monshin or Koshin will lead the parents in the services. Please RSVP to Monshin or Koshin, unless you have already done so, if you would like to attend.  
Please sign up to donate 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. If you have any questions please ask Shoshin (Sandy), Chorin (Peter), or Shumon (Tamami). Providing flowers for the hondo is a service to the temple and a smŗti practice. By providing flowers one makes an important contribution to Jiunzan Tendai-ji.  No one is currently signed up for February. Several people can choose to contribute together.. 
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – Gratitude is best shown by extending to others the thoughtfulness we have received. Please bring non-perishable food items to the Tendai Buddhist Institute on Wednesday’s.  We contribute these items to the Chatham Silent Food Pantry.