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Welcome to the Tendai Buddhist Institute, an official North American representative of the Tendai School of Japanese Buddhism, and branch of Enryakuji, Mt. Hiei, Japan.  Tendai Buddhist Institute is comprised of the Karuna Tendai Dharma Center and Jiunzan Tendaiji.

Weekly Meditation
Buddhist meditation services are held on Wednesday evenings.
06:00PM, we gather in the main house for a Dharma talk and discussion.
       Schedule of topics may be found in our newsletter, The Shingi.
07:00PM, we move to the Hondo (Main Hall) for the meditation service.
08:00PM, we enjoy a potluck dinner.

All of Wednesday evening’s events are open to the public.
There is no fee and reservations are not required.

Special services such as weddings, memorial services, baby blessing ceremonies, and annual events and holidays are held throughout the year. 

March Wednesday Meditations and Discussions 
7                Good and Evil in Buddhist Thought –  As a discussion piece, ‘The Nonduality of Good and Evil’, a short article by David Loy, Tricycle – Spring 2002 is the jumping off point for this topic. The article will be available in the kuri a week before the discussion.
14               What is the Role of Forgiveness in Buddhist Practice – An article by Ken McLeod and a response by Thanissaro Bhikkhu will be used to examine this debatable subject. The articles will be available in the kuri a week before the discussion. 
21      Spring O-Higan – Returning to the Source – Pilgrimages and special services, such as Segaki, are important ways to commemorate O-Higan. Equally important is the observance of the Six-Paramitas. Start on March 17 and continue to the 23rd to contemplate each of the Perfections. We will put them into a context this evening. Refuge will be given during the service this evening. 

28            Conducting Civil Political Discourse – Discussion Led by Maynard Toll-  

We live in a nation that is polarized by politics, culture, and socioeconomic class. Speaking with each other is essential if we are to recover a sense of common purpose in our fractionated nation. Maynard will explore this important skill.

Other Events in March:
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.
23-25                Spring O-Higan Retreat – Finding Equanimity During Crisis – Rather than an emotion or thought, equanimity is a stable conscious awareness of reality’s transience. We will be using teachings and practices to find that core to our being that encourages equanimity when all around us seems to be falling apart. This will be a silent retreat. It is appropriate for people at all stages of practice. Please sign up, let Shumon or Monshin know. There is a limit to the people who can attend the retreats.  
Please sign up to donate flowers for a month –  at Tendai Buddhist Institute / Jiunzan Tendai-ji. You can either bring them yourself or pay to have them purchased for you.  There is a sign-up sheet on the notice board in the kitchen. If you have any questions please ask Shoshin (Sandy), Chorin (Peter), or Shumon (Tamami). Providing flowers for the hondo is a service to the temple and a smŗti practice. By providing flowers one makes an important contribution to Jiunzan Tendai-ji. Several people can choose to contribute together. We still have several months available later in the year.. 
Food Pantry at Jiunzan Tendai-ji – 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.