Winding Path Tendai Buddhist Sangha

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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 6:30 PM in the San Mateo room of Christ Church Cathedral. The evening starts with a 30 minute lesson/discussion led by Shingaku. After the discussion, we perform the Daily Service before engaging in two 20 minute meditation periods.

THIS WEEK: 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 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.