Every Wednesday

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.

August Wednesday Meditations and Discussions

2                 The Bodhisattva Path -the Mahayana path to awakening and Buddhahood –  Mushin Press will lead the discussion and service. This discussion is informed by two articles from the Fall 2016 Buddhadharma – "You're Ready Enough'' and ''Awakening to the Cries of the World''. 

9          30th Anniversary Religious Summit Meeting on Hiei-zan: The Interreligious Gathering of Prayer for World Peace – Shumon and Monshin participated in this extraordinary annual interfaith gathering hosted by Tendai-shu in Japan. They will provide a report on the event. 

16               Highlights of the Lotus Sutra in Tien Tai Context.  This discussion is taken from chapter Six of Brook Ziporyn's book, Emptiness and Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction to Tiantai Buddhism. Indiana University Press (2016).

23                Stump the Sensei  –  OK, It's that time again where you can ask any question regarding Buddhism and Monshin will do his best to answer it. Are there questions that did not receive an adequate answer during our discussions, or maybe there was a question that came from readings or daydreams. Now is the time to ask. 

30                The Ōjōyōshu   written by the Tendai monk Genshin (942-1017), is one of the most important texts in the history of Japanese religions. It is the first comprehensive guide to the doctrine and practice of Pure Land Buddhism written in Japan and played a pivotal role in establishing this form of Buddhism.

Other Events in August:  

12                 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. 

19                 The Diamond Way – An evening of Baseball at 'The Joe' in Troy, New York.  The Tri-city Valley Cats (Houston Astros affiliate) will be playing the Brooklyn Cyclones (the NY Mets affiliate).  We are signing up for the best seats in the house for $10 a ticket with our group discount. Sign up for this evening of baseball (on the announcement board in the main house). We have twenty tickets. 

Notes on Upcoming Events: 

Sept. 15 – 17   Monshin will be leading a Retreat at Buddhist Insights – a non-profit organization connecting people with monastics in Far Rockaway, NYC. The retreat will be an Introduction to Tendai Buddhism. There will be more about the retreat in the September Shingi.  

Sept. 24   Monshin will be the speaker at the New York Buddhist Church (Jodo Shin-shu) for the O-Higan Service. There will be more about the service in the September Shingi.

Please note we will not have an O-Higan Retreat in September due to the preceding events. However, see the following announcement.

October 6 – 8 Bodhisattva Retreat – A week-end for sodai, temple leaders, and those who want to put their practice to the service of others.

October 9 'Fear of Others' – A conference/workshop lead by Monshin and John Amidon. This is sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance of New York and Tierra Farm, and others. How do we mitigate the corrosive effects of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia, xenophobia, racism, and religious intolerance. There will be more about the event in the October Shingi.

Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – The need is ongoing and does not diminish in the summer. Please bring non-perishable food items to the Tendai Buddhist Institute on Wednesday's.  We contribute these items to the Chatham Silent Food Pantry.