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.
5 Ritual's Role in Buddhism – There are differences of opinion among practitioners and scholars as to the contemporary efficacy and meaning in ritual practices in religion. While considering some of these theories we will focus on ritualism contrasted with rituals for a post-modern practitioner.
12 Practicing the Six Paramitas – First presented in early Buddhism, Mahayana adopted the 'Six Perfections' as the central practice for the Bodhisattva Path to awakening. Mushin Sam Press will be presenting.
19 Shadowing the Ephemeral-Embodied Emptiness Through Form in Art – How can an examination of art offer insights into form, formlessness, and practice? Junren (Tomie Hahn) will share examples of music and movement to offer a glimpse of how form can provide moments of flow, moments of embodied consciousness.
26 Butsudo and Caste in Modern Society – Shakyamuni Buddha rejected a caste structure in his sangha, and there many sutra tracts that affirm the equality of Bhiksu and bhiksuni. However, the story is more nuanced. We will examine Buddhist' philosophy and practices and how they bear upon our postmodern Buddhist experience in North America.
Other Events in August:
1 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 set throughout the classes.
21 – 23 Jodo Shin-shu Retreat – Shinran, a disciple of Honen, founded Jōdo Shin-shu (True Pure Land School) in 1175. Both Hōnen and Shinran were Tendai monks before leaving Hiei-zan. While Tendai monks they were exposed to Pure Land Teachings and practices. This retreat will explore the practices in Tendai at the time of these two masters. Several members of Jodo Shin-shu in America will join us for this very special retreat. We will begin Friday evening at 7:30 and finish about 1 PM on Sunday. Please reserve a spot early.
Notes and Announcements:
Flowers – No one has signed up for flowers for October, November or December. You can bring flowers or provide the money and Tendai Buddhist Institute will purchase them. This is an excellent way to make a contribution to our services and the Dharma center as a whole.
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – Please bring non-perishable food items to the Tendai Buddhist Institute on Wednesdays. We contribute these items to the Chatham Silent Food Pantry.