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.


Weekly Meditation Services (WMS)are on Wednesday evenings. They begin at 6pm with a discussion or talk (see below for this month's discussion topics). At about 7pm there is a meditation service, followed at 8pm by a potluck supper. 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


              Lotus Sutra: Chapter 2 – Tactfulness - This chapter is one of two that is considered the heart of the Lotus Sutra. Each month we examine a chapter of the Lotus Sutra, the primary doctrinal teaching of Tendai. There are two complete versions of this formative East Asian sutra available as pdf on line. Find these at the following links:


9          Shakyamuni Buddha's Birthday - In Japan, Buddha's birthday is observed on April 8th in the Gregorian calendar, it is called Hanamatsuri, or the "Flower Festival." On this day people bring fresh flowers to temples in remembrance of the Buddha's birth in a grove of blossoming trees. We will perform a special ceremony for the service.   


16         Buddhism for Beginners - It is useful to periodically go back to the basics. We will examine the fundamentals of the Buddhadharma in order to refresh our understanding and motives to pursuing the Buddhist Path...

23           Gentrifying the Dharma - This very short article was written by Joshua Eaton for the March 5th Salon.com. The tag line reads, "As big corporations embrace meditation, some Buddhists fear their religion's being co-opted by elites." You can find the article at the link below and copies of the article will be available. The article will be the basis for a broader discussion.
30           An American Actor in the World of Suzuki - Jundo Eric Hill will talk about his years of training and performing with the Japanese experimental theater director Tadashi Suzuki. Please see his comments below in The Third Jewel. 

 Other events in April:     


5            Sutra Class and Morning Service, 8:30 – 10:30 AM - While not a sutra in the formal sense  A guide to the Tiantai Fourfold Teachings, is seminal to Chinese and East Asian Mahayana philosophy, practice and development. The version we are using was translated by Masao Ichishima and Davis Chappell and it is found in found in Tiantai Texts, Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai America, 2013. Join us for a fascinating exploration of pivotal Buddhist teachings.     

11-13      Retreat – Coming to terms with the anatman (non-self).The retreat will begin the evening of April 11th and end around noon on April 13th. This retreat is intended for all levels of practice and experience. For more information on this retreat see Jushoku's Meanderings below.


Notes and Announcements  

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.