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.
February Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
3 Buddhism in a Post Modern World – What does that mean? We will explore it with the expectation of coming up with an answer.
10 Teachings of Vimalakirti – One of the most popular sutras today. This sutra focuses on a lay person who has exceeded the spiritual prowess of Shakyamuni Buddha's disciples and bodhisattvas.
17 Secular Buddhism or Buddhism for a Secular Age? – Stephan Batchelor's recent book After Buddhism is the starting point to ask the question, 'is secular Buddhism the most appropriate response to religion, especially Buddhism, in America today?
24 Buddhist Women's Lives and Contributions – Karma Tsomo asks the question 'Is the Biksuni Vinaya Sexist?' We will examine this as a means of further extending our understanding of the role of women in Buddhism.
Other Events in February:
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.
Notes and Upcoming Events :
March 18 -20 Spring O-Higan – Levels of Consciousness Retreat – working with the Six Element Stupa we will engage those practices around this profound ancient teaching. More about this next month
There are still five months available – Sign up to be in charge of Flowers for a month at Tendai Buddhist Institute / Jiunzan Tendai-ji. You can either bring them yourself or pay to have them purchased for you. There is a sign-up sheet on the notice board in the kitchen. If you have any questions please ask Shoshin (Sandy), Chorin (Peter), or Shumon (Tamami). Providing flowers for the hondo is a service to the temple and a smŗti practice. By providing flowers one makes an important contribution to Jiunzan Tendai-ji.
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.