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.
October Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
5 Jundo Eric Hill –The Journey to O-bon – Jundo's talk is about a journey of three years culminating in a small village on the Peloponnese in Greece in September. Beginning in the Berkshires in December 2013, it's a story of crossing borders, some physical, some metaphysical on a pilgrimage whose path emerged as the journey unfolded. The meaning of family, dead and living, is explored, and, hence, it is called The Journey to O-bon.
12 Chorin Peter Donohoe – Buddhist Art as Buddhist Practice – The connection between Buddhism and contemporary science is often expressed, but what of Buddhist practice and contemporary art-making? This talk will explore that present day and historical connection.
19 The Three Characteristics of Existence– This is Basic Buddhism at its best. Understanding this straightforward teaching is essential to all of Buddhism.
26 What Buddhists Believe – Do Buddhists need to believe – something? Yes and no. We will investigate this somewhat contentious question.
Other Events in October:
Sutra Class and Morning Service – the Sutra Class is on a one-month sabbatical while Monshin and Shumon are in Japan for the first two weeks in October. The class will return on November 5th. Join us then for an in-depth study of the Heart Sutra.
Shumon is completing the second half of Kanjo this month. – The completion of this test and ritual will result in Shumon officially becoming an authorized Tendai teacher. This means she will be permitted to take disciples and teach others.
Monshin joins her in Japan and both of them will have meetings with the Jigyodan, Ichishima-sensei, and Itoh-san while away.
Senior sangha members will be carrying on the Wednesday evening discussions, meditation service and pot-luck as usual. This is a great time to learn from fellow sangha members.
Monshin and Shumon will return on October 14th. Rod Bull is house sitting and taking care of the critters for the two weeks. Be sure to show your appreciation for his efforts
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – The Fall 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.