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.
August Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
3 Buddhism Along the Silk Road – Most of us are aware that the Silk Road provided a conduit for new ideas and lead to the expansion of Buddhism from Northern India to north and west Asia and subsequently into the Chinese provinces. We will look at this phenomenon through recent research as to how this actually occurred, and how the Silk Road may have altered the Buddhadharma.
10 Coping with the Political Campaigns from a Buddhist Perspective – Religion should stay out of partisan politics. We can address specific situations which have political implications. At the same time, we should
17 Dengyo Daishi – on the anniversary of Saicho's birthdate (767 CE) we will explore the founder of Japanese Tendai. Not merely as a seminal figure in Japanese Buddhism and culture, but also as a controversial figure.
24 Contribution of Beats to Buddhism in the West – You asked for it and you get it. The Beats, literary luminaries from post-war America, were influential as counter-cultural figures, but also in their exploration of Buddhism. We will examine these fascinating figures and their contributions to Buddhism in the West.
31 Interpenetration and the Varied Faces of America – We will discuss the ramifications of racism in the U.S. from the African-American perspective and how the concept of interpenetration might be used to reduce the damaging effects of this scourge. A recent short article from the New York Times Magazine section, 'The Grief that White Americans Can't Share', by Nikole Hannah-Jones, is available to inform our discussion. Pick it when at Tendai Buddhist Institutel.
Other Events in August:
6 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.
7 Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma at Tanglewood – With its artistic director Yo-Yo Ma, the Silk Road Ensemble returns to Tanglewood for another fascinating and wide-ranging traversal of music both traditional and new, suggesting a modern-day equivalent to the sort of cultural exchange that characterized the old trade routes in centuries long gone. Sign up for this fascinating evening (on the announcement board in the main house). We will purchase tickets separately so people may sit where they wish. We will meet for a picnic dinner before the performance.
20 The Diamond Way – An evening of Baseball at 'The Joe' in Troy, New York. The Tri-city Valley Cats will be playing the Hudson Valley Renegades. This year we will sign up for the best seats in the house for less than $10 a ticket with our group discount. Sign up for this evening of baseball (on the announcement board in the main house). We have thirty tickets. We may still have one or two tickets available
Upcoming September Events
23-25 Autumn O-Higan Retreat –This retreat will focus on Pure Land teachings and practices. More about specifics next month.
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – Summertime 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