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.
July Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
1 Jiriki / Tariki – Self Power / Other Power – are Japanese terms implied in Buddhism everywhere. However, they take on explicit meaning in Japanese Buddhism. In Buddhist observance these two terms are filled with meaning, distinguished as promise or disdain depending on one's view of Buddhist practice in the contemporary world.
8 Interconnectedness (See Meanderings): Race in America – This is a charged and essential topic for Buddhists. There is no more important subject in America, as well as the rest of the world. I suggest you take the time before this discussion to read and view the video of "A Conversation With White People on Race" in Ops-Doc section of the New York Times, July 1st By Michèle Stephenson and Blair Foster. Let me know if you have difficulty finding it and I'll give you a few pointers.
15 Q&A – Stump the Sensei – Do you have any questions about the Buddhadharma about which you have not found a satisfactory answer? Write down the question and bring it with you. There are no 'too simple' or involved questions. Sensei will do his best to answer in a way that at least sheds light on the issue.
22 Mahavairocana/Dainichi Nyorai – The Chief Buddha of Tathagatakula, of the Five Buddha Families. He hold a dominant position in East Asian Buddhism and resides on the highest position on the central platform on the Tathagatagarbha mandala.
29 Trikaya (Three Bodies) – – The idea of the dharmakaya (one of the trikaya) originated in the Pali canon, but Trikaya becomes a central doctrine in Mahayana thought around the 1st century BCE. This concept informs us about the very nature of both reality and Buddhas. Schools within Mahayana have different views as to how we view the trikaya, which takes us back to the nature of reality.
Other Events in July:
11 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.
Notes and Announcements:
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You – to all the people who contributed to a very successful 10/20th Anniversary Celebration. A special thank you goes out to all the people who pitched in and gave a hand on Sangha clean-up day, and to Onyo (Susan) and Phillip Bues, Jiko (Judy) Croft, Chorin (Peter) Donahoe, Tom Kotarba, Robin Frank, and Erica Fay.
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.