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.

December  Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
6                 Bodhi Day –  The eighth day of the twelfth lunar month commemorates the day Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni Buddha) experienced enlightenment. We will discuss the significance of the day and how we might relate to it in our contemporary world.
13                Experiments with Tiantai Practice Part II  – This discussion is taken from the second half of Chapter Nine (pages 206-234) of Brook Ziporyn’s book, Emptiness and Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction to Tiantai Buddhism. Indiana University Press (2016).
20               Solstice in Buddhist Thought – This is one of the few areas where Buddhism in North America may make a significant contribution to the broader society. We will explore the ancient and postmodern ways of celebration
27                No Meditation Service This Evening –  Join us on Sunday, December 31st for O-ShOgatsu – See Below.. 

Other Events in December:

9                 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.

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.
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. 
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – Christmas is especially difficult for those who are need of necessities. 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.