Winding Path Tendai Buddhist Sangha

News & Events

Winding Path Tendai Buddhist Sangha is a meditation group that has been supporting each other in mindfulness and Buddhist practices in the heart of Springfield, MA since 2011. We meet every Thursday at 5:00 PM in the San Mateo room of Christ Church Cathedral. The evening starts with a 30 minute lesson/discussion led by Reverend Shingaku. After the discussion, we perform the Daily Service before engaging in two 20 minute meditation periods.

THIS WEEK: Thursday May 25, 2017

NEW MEETING TIME: Our discussions will now start at 5:00 and our daily service and meditation will run from 5:30-6:45.

Morality from a Buddhist Perspective

“In Buddhism morality is not a matter of obeying commandments handed down from on high, but of acting skillfully rather than unskillfully. To act skillfully is to act free of greed, hatred, and mental confusion, and you cannot be skillful unless you can understand things, unless you can see possibilities and explore them.” A Guide to the Buddhist Path by Sangharakshita.

This excerpt and the entire chapter focused on Morality will fuel our discussion on May 18 and May 25. Please come ready to share a few sentences from pages 139-161 of the book. Consider these angles when you identify what part of the text you want to share: What’s an idea you agree with? An idea you argue with? An idea you aspire to?

If you don’t have the book, no problem. You’re still welcome to join the discussion. And, you can email Shingaku (tendaispringfield@gmail.com) to get a copy of the section we’ll be reading together.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Evaluate your Meditation

This summer our conversations will focus on meditation practice: on the basic forms of meditation, the purpose of meditation, and on how to recognize and overcome obstacles that arise during meditation. Each week we will start our conversation from one chapter in Tricycle Magazine’s Meditation: Volume 2, a collection of articles by various meditation teachers. Will will use the reading as a way to generate insights and questions for further exploration, and we will connect our discussions to Tendai Buddhist meditation practice.

This week we will be discussing “Evaluate your Meditation” by Gil Fronsdal. Please come ready to share an idea from the article that resonated with you or that confused you.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Like a Dragon in Water

This summer our conversations will focus on meditation practice: on the basic forms of meditation, the purpose of meditation, and on how to recognize and overcome obstacles that arise during meditation. Each week we will start our conversation from one chapter in Tricycle Magazine’s Meditation: Volume 2, a collection of articles by various meditation teachers. Will will use the reading as a way to generate insights and questions for further exploration, and we will connect our discussions to Tendai Buddhist meditation practice.

This week we will be discussing “Like a Dragon in Water” by Pat Enkyo O’hara. Please come ready to share an idea from the article that resonated with you or that confused you.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sitting Still

This summer our conversations will focus on meditation practice: on the basic forms of meditation, the purpose of meditation, and on how to recognize and overcome obstacles that arise during meditation. Each week we will start our conversation from one chapter in Tricycle Magazine’s Meditation: Volume 2, a collection of articles by various meditation teachers. Will will use the reading as a way to generate insights and questions for further exploration, and we will connect our discussions to Tendai Buddhist meditation practice.

This week we will be discussing “Sitting Still” by Henepola Gunaratana. Please come ready to share an idea from the article that resonated with you or that confused you.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Take the One Seat

This summer our conversations will focus on meditation practice: on the basic forms of meditation, the purpose of meditation, and on how to recognize and overcome obstacles that arise during meditation. Each week we will start our conversation from one chapter in Tricycle Magazine’s Meditation: Volume 2, a collection of articles by various meditation teachers. Will will use the reading as a way to generate insights and questions for further exploration, and we will connect our discussions to Tendai Buddhist meditation practice.

This week we will be discussing “Take the One Seat” by Jack Kornfield. Please come ready to share an idea from the article that resonated with you or that confused you.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Your Life is Your Practice

This summer our conversations will focus on meditation practice: on the basic forms of meditation, the purpose of meditation, and on how to recognize and overcome obstacles that arise during meditation. Each week we will start our conversation from one chapter in Tricycle Magazine’s Meditation: Volume 2, a collection of articles by various meditation teachers. Will will use the reading as a way to generate insights and questions for further exploration, and we will connect our discussions to Tendai Buddhist meditation practice.

This week we will be discussing “Your Life is Your Practice,” by Glenna Olmstead. Please come ready to share an idea from the article that resonated with you or that confused you.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Morality from a Buddhist Perspective

“In Buddhism morality is not a matter of obeying commandments handed down from on high, but of acting skillfully rather than unskillfully. To act skillfully is to act free of greed, hatred, and mental confusion, and you cannot be skillful unless you can understand things, unless you can see possibilities and explore them.” A Guide to the Buddhist Path by Sangharakshita.

This excerpt and the entire chapter focused on Morality will fuel our discussion on May 18 and May 25. Please come ready to share a few sentences from pages 139-161 of the book. Consider these angles when you identify what part of the text you want to share: What’s an idea you agree with? An idea you argue with? An idea you aspire to?

If you don’t have the book, no problem. You’re still welcome to join the discussion. And, you can email Shingaku (tendaispringfield@gmail.com) to get a copy of the section we’ll be reading together.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Morality from a Buddhist Perspective

“In Buddhism morality is not a matter of obeying commandments handed down from on high, but of acting skillfully rather than unskillfully. To act skillfully is to act free of greed, hatred, and mental confusion, and you cannot be skillful unless you can understand things, unless you can see possibilities and explore them.” A Guide to the Buddhist Path by Sangharakshita.

This excerpt and the entire chapter focused on Morality will fuel our discussion on May 18 and May 25. Please come ready to share a few sentences from pages 139-161 of the book. Consider these angles when you identify what part of the text you want to share: What’s an idea you agree with? An idea you argue with? An idea you aspire to?

If you don’t have the book, no problem. You’re still welcome to join the discussion. And, you can email Shingaku (tendaispringfield@gmail.com) to get a copy of the section we’ll be reading together.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Path of Regular Steps and The Path of Irregular Steps

We’ve been reading A Guide to the Buddhist Path by Sangharakshita. This evening we will be discussing “The Path of Regular Steps and the Path of Irregular Steps” pages 129-137. Please come ready to share a few sentences from the text. Consider these angles when you identify what part of the text you want to share: What’s an idea you agree with? An idea you argue with? An idea you aspire to?

If you don’t have the book, no problem. You’re still welcome to join the discussion.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Buddhism and Martial Arts

There is some significant overlap between the philosophy and practices in Buddhism and in martial arts in Japan. This evening’s talk will offer an overview of how Buddhism and martial arts are intertwined.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Benefits and Dangers of Mikkyo

Mikkyo (literally “secret teachings”) refers to esoteric Buddhist practices, combining powerful mudra, mantra and visualizations to develop wisdom and compassion. These practices are often seen as a way to achieve awakening more quickly, and yet they can also be dangerous when misused. This evening’s talk will offer an overview of some of the basic mikkyo practices in Tendai Buddhism and will provide some examples of how the practices can be both helpful and harmful.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Shakyamuni’s Birthday Celebration

The birthday of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, is celebrated in Japan on April 8. We will take this evening to explore some of the mythology surrounding the Buddha’s life and consider how those stories can inspire us in our practice today. People often bring flowers to offer during this ceremony, and you are welcome to bring some flowers to place on or near the altar.