Winding Path Tendai Buddhist Sangha
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 always welcome new members or visitors. Whether you are an experienced meditator or someone who is just curious about Buddhism, please feel free to stop by and join us one evening.
Upcoming Weekly Discussion Topics
Our weekly service starts with a 30 minute talk or discussion led by Reverend Shingaku. After the discussion we perform the Tendai daily service and then engage in 2 periods of meditation. If this is your first time for attending, please arrive 15 minutes early for an orientation.
Monday, November 5
A Call to Conscience
This is the evening before election day, and our national attention will be on the political arena. This raises the question: what is the Buddhist responsibility for engaging in politics? We will use “A Call to Conscience” by Bhikkhu Bodhi to fuel our dialogue as we grapple with the question of our individual and collective political responsibility while following the bodhisattva path.
Monday, November 12
We recite Kaikyoge each week before we chant sutra, but how much do we really understand the intention and the power of these words. This evening’s discussion will focus on the power of this short verse.
Monday, November 19
Eating With Gratitude, Eating With Awareness
During the Thanksgiving holiday we tend to be more aware of the need to show gratitude for the food we eat and the company we are eating with. Yet, every meal we eat is an opportunity for self-transformation and a chance to develop wisdom and compassion. This evening we’ll focus on how to bring gratitude to every meal.
Monday, November 26
Survey of Buddhism Part 3: Early Buddhism and the Way of the Elders
This evening’s class will focus on the beginnings of Buddhism as a religion after the death of Shakyamuni Buddha. We will look at the teachings of early Buddhism that gave rise to the Theravada school.
November Special Events
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Sunday, November 18, 3:00-5:00
Springfield College (Dodge Conference Room at Flynn Campus Union)
Leaders from several different faith traditions will offer prayers, readings, teachings related to giving thanks and gratitude. Shingaku will be representing the Buddhist tradition. The service will last about an hour, followed by light refreshments and time to socialize with the community.
Saturday, December 8
Save the date! More info about our Bodhi Day event to follow.