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.
November Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
4 The Issue of god(s) in American Buddhism Many Americans have an issue with gods or God in Buddhism. We are conflicted and opinionated, but we rarely scratch below the surface of our reactions. We will investigate this issue in a balanced approach to shed light on this sometimes fractious issue.
11 Buddhist Involvement in Social Life – Buddhism is a religion, a philosophy and a way of life. It is natural that the Dharma will have an effect of our social lives, or is it natural? Bring you viewpoint and share in this exploration.
18 Gratitude and Humility: an Observance or a Practice A poll taken in 2013 found that Americans think their own gratitude is increasing, while everyone else's is going down. Does this sound familiar? Gratitude and humility are essential to Buddhist practice.
25 No Meditation Service this Evening – Many people are away visiting family and other are preparing for the feast on thanksgiving. Please join us at St. James Church in Chatham for the interfaith Service on Tuesday the 24th (see below).
Other Events in November:
7 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.
9 Laudato Si: Pope Francis Encyclical on Climate Change – an Interfaith Perspective Sidney and Beatrice Albert Interfaith Lectureship. Monday, 7 PM at the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary, 959 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY.
For a link to the text of the encyclical
24 Interfaith Thanks Giving Observance at St. James Church in Chatham – 6:30 PM – Join our brothers and sisters of many faiths as we participate in this yearly service. Bring something to share for the reception that follows.
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – Dana (generosity) is the first of the Six Perfections. Here's an easy way to observe this Paramita. Please bring non-perishable food items to Tendai Buddhist Institute so that we may distribute them to the silent food pantry.