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Welcome to the homepage of Karuṇā Tendai Dharma Center / Jiunzan Tendaiji and the Tendai Buddhist Institute, (est. 1997). Karuṇā Tendai Dharma Center is a branch temple of Enryakuji, Mt. Hiei, Japan (the administrative center of the Tendai School and the birthplace of Japanese Buddhism), and an official North American representative of the Tendai School of Japanese Buddhism. We are also the first fully authorized Tendai Buddhist training center for the education of priests and the establishment new Tendai Buddhist Temples and Dharma Centers in North America and beyond.

As Compassion (karuṇā) is a central virtue of the Mahayana Buddhist path, the name for our village temple in East Chatham, NY is “Karuṇā Tendai Dharma Center.” As an branch temple of the Tendai Buddhist lineage, we also have an official Japanese name, registered with Enryakuji Temple on Mt. Hiei, which was given to us by Rev. Shōshin Ichishima: “Jiunzan Tendaiji.” This name means “Compassionate Cloud Tendai Temple,” and reflects the natural surroundings of the Berkshires. The name Tendai Buddhist Institute refers to the educational wing of our organization, which oversees the training and education of priests and the establishment of new Sanghas.

Find here a copy of the Daily Service.


Weekly Meditation

Buddhist meditation services are held on Wednesday evenings, and are free and open to the public. You do not have to be a “Buddhist” to join our service. All are welcome. There is no fee and reservations are not required.

06:00PM, we gather in the main house for a Dharma talk and discussion.
       Schedule of topics may be found in our newsletter, The Shingi: Newsletter of the Tendai Buddhist Institute.
07:00PM, meditation service in the Hondo (Main Hall).
08:00PM, potluck dinner in the main house.

Other Regularly Scheduled Events

Sutra Study classes are held on the first Saturday of every month.

Dharma School and Family Service is held once a month.

Special services such as weddings, memorial services, baby blessing ceremonies, refuge taking ceremony, retreats, and annual events and holidays are held throughout the year.

Please contact us if you would like more information.

March Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
6                Stump the Sensei – Got questions about Buddhism that recently came up in your readings or as a result of our weekly discussion? Go for it. This is a time you can ask any question regarding Buddhism. Monshin will do his best to answer it.If you have a question, odds are that other people have a similar question.
13               Lotus Sutra Ch. 2: Tactfulness – This chapter provides a key teaching in Mahayana Buddhism, considered to be core to the sutra’s message. The primary translations used will be from the Kosei and BDK editions. 
20                Dhyānapāramitā  the fifth of the Six Paramitas or Six Perfections, we will examine this important practice (meditation) in recognition of O-Higan, which is from the 17th through the 23rd of March. It is customary to examine the Six Perfections during this time.
27                What is Buddhism III?–   We are examining contemporary conceptions and misconceptions about the Buddha-dharma. Using the format in Faure’s Unmasking Buddhism we examine various perceptions of Buddhism that abound in our postmodern milieu.

Other Events in March:

2                     Sutra Class and Morning Service, 8:30 – 10:30 AM – From Ch. 1: Interpreting the Lotus Sutra., by Stephen Teiser and Jacqueline Stone. Pp. 1-15. In Teiser, SF and Stone, J (eds.) (2009) Readings of the Lotus Sutra. Columbia University Press. Please Note: originally I thought we might be able to cover the first half of the chapter, but, upon reflection there are several natural breaks in the chapter and we should include the first four sections before we embark upon, ‘ Central Claims of the Lotus Sutra’.  
22-24                     Spring O-Higan Retreat – (Friday 7 PM – Sunday 1 PM).  The Sanmitsu (trans. Three Mysteries, or Secrets) is at the base of many Tendai practices.  On this retreat we will practice unifying body, speech and mind and will explore how the sanmitsu can be a means to transform our moment-to-moment experience in our everyday lives. Please sign up, let Shumon or Monshin know.  This retreat is appropriate to all levels and there is a minimum and maximum number of people who can attend the retreat.
Please Note:
April 13th  (Saturday) Tendai Buddhist Institute clean-up day from 9 AM through 2 PM.the Hondo. Lunch is included. Please bring gloves, rakes and other tools for landscape clean up. The rain day is the following day, April 14th. More details next month.

For more information about our temple, lineage, and recommended reading list, please see our About Us page.

For more information about Shakyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, and the other Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the Mahayana Buddhist Tradition, see our Buddha Page.

For more information about the teachings and practices of Buddhism, see our Dharma Page.

For more information on temple life, and to see if there is a temple near you, see our Sangha Page.

To learn more about the priests and trainees affiliated with the Tendai Buddhist Institute, please see our Tendai Buddhist Institute Page.