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.

 June  Wednesday Meditations and Discussions
King Asoka, was a monarch of the Indian Mauryan dynasty. He is regarded as one of the most exemplary rulers in world history. Asoka's edicts are to be found scattered in more than thirty places throughout India, Nepal, Pakistan and Afghanistan. His Empire was the first Buddhist domain and his works are seminal to the development of Buddhism.  

14               Lotus Sutra as Integral to Tien Tai Philosophy – 

This discussion is taken from chapter Five of Brook Ziporyn's book, Emptiness and Omnipresence: An Essential Introduction to Tiantai Buddhism. Indiana University Press (2016).

21               100-temple Kannon pilgrimage, Part II –  The Chichibu, Bando and Saigoku pilgrimages is one of the most famous pilgrimages in Japan. Shingaku, Soryo and leader of the Winding Path Tendai Sangha in Springfield, Massachusetts, completed the Saigoku pilgrimage last year and the Chichibu and Bando pilgrimages earlier this spring. Shingaku will share her experiences of completing this extraordinary religious journey.
28                Sangha as Essential to Buddhist Practice   The Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, the Three Jewels of Buddhism, were established by Shakyamuni Buddha. In the West, we usually concentrate on the Buddha and Dharma and do not put the same emphasis on Sangha. We will explore the ways in which sangha is of equal value in our Buddhist practice.

Other Events in June:


3               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. 
18-28         Doshu/Soryo Gyo – will take place during this period. At this time the Tendai Buddhist Institute becomes a monastic training center, while at the same time serving the temple sangha. The Wednesday evening activities will take place and there will be a morning meditation each day of the gyo, see below. However, on Wednesday the 21st there will not be a pot luck dinner, but on the 28th there will be a pot-luck, with all the gyoja attending.

19-28        Morning Meditation 7-8 AM.   – Each morning during the gyo there will be an open mediation. There will be no service at this time only the meditation. Join us each day to inspire your practice and join the gyo participants for this daily meditation, usually led my Monshin.


24            Goma Fire Ceremony – Rev. Ito Kenei, a Kaihogyo monk will be performing this powerful ritual which alleviates defilements for all who attend. The Goma will begin at 2 PM, people should arrive around 1:30 PM. This ceremony is appropriate for all family members.

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