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.

 April  Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
6                 Gautama Siddhartha's Birthday  Presentation by Sonam Wangmo. 
13               Rebirth and Karma  Until the twentieth century these two concepts were pivotal to an understanding of the Buddhadharma. As Buddhism was adopted in the rationalist West practitioners either ignored or jettisoned the concepts altogether. We will reexamine rebirth and karma from a different perspective.  
20                Brahmaviharas in a Post Modern SocietyThe Bramhaviharas are a practice, a way of understanding human potential and an insightful teaching. Does the postmodern age we live in alter their meaning or their potential?
27               Zhanran: His Contributions to East Asian Buddhism –  This 8th century T'ien-t'ai master was an early advocate of insentient things as possessing Buddha nature, indeed they can attain Buddhahood. What is the basis for this assertion? 

Other Events in April:


2                  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 :

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Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji Winter is especially difficult for those who are need of the very basic 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. 

by Susan Bues