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.
September Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
3 Lotus Sutra: Chapter 6 – Predictions – also Sutra as Literature - This chapter is succinct. We will cover it in short order and then go on to examine the nature of sutra in a general sense. 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: https://www.bdkamerica.org/digital/dBET_T0262_LotusSutra_2007.pdf and http://www.rk-world.org/publications/ThreefoldLotusSutra.pdf
10 The Dao of the Buddhadharma - While Buddhist teachings were emerging in India, Daoist philosophies were developing in China. These two viewpoints merged in meaningful ways, while retaining their own distinct realms. We will investigate this phenomenon to better understand Buddhism and Daoism. We will also contrast and compare sections of the Heart Sutra and Lao Tsu's, Tao Te Ching as a case study.
17 Death and the Afterlife in Buddhist Teachings - We will consider the misperceptions of Buddhist teachings on death, as well as the varieties of ideas that are part of Buddhist philosophy and practices. We will also give a short preview of the Segaki ceremony that will be taking place on the 20th of September.
24 Consideration of the Six Paramita (Perfections) - O-Higan begins on September 20th and extends to September 26th (for a further discussion of O-Higan itself see the Meanderings below). A major component of O-Higan is the Observance of the Six Paramitas which we will discuss this evening.
Other events in September:
6 Sutra Class and Morning Service, 8:30 – 10:30 AM
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.
18-21 Sodai (Lay Leadership) Training -The training is intended for people who have been members of a sangha for at least two years, and wish to serve as assistants to the sangha. This is not training to be a priest and does not result in ordination. There are a number of requirements. Several people from each sangha may participate. The charge will be similar to a retreat. It begins at 7 PM on the 18th and ends at about 1 PM on the 21st. If you are interested please speak with the leader of your sangha, the participation requires his or her recommendation, and send an e-mail to Monshin-sensei for an application.
21 Mahasangha Sunday and Segaki Ceremony 10:30 -12 PM - followed by pot luck lunch.We will be finishing the Sodai training with this service and a Segaki Ceremony. The Segaki-e is an esoteric ceremony based upon sutra and folk practices, for the benefit of those who have died during the previous year, a remembrance of our parents and ancestors and a seasonal renewal of our practices. All are encouraged to attend. If there is someone who has died and you wish to be remembered please let Monshin know, and bring a small food offering of something the deceased enjoyed during his or her life.
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.