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Some older topics and announcements

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017

Beginner’s Mind Night--Protecting and Nourishing the Sangha

The first Thursday of each month is beginner’s mind night in our sangha. The evening’s discussion has two purposes. For those who are attending for this first time, we will introduce ourselves and explain some of the basic practices and teachings of Tendai Buddhism. This is a great chance to orient yourself to our group and to our particular style of meditation. For those who are regular attendees of our services, beginner’s mind night is a chance to reflect on how we are living mindfully in daily life. Each month we will review one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings as a way to consider our daily practice. This month we will focus on Protecting and Nourishing the Sangha .

All are welcome to join us. No need to register in advance. There is no fee for attendance, but we recommend a free-will donation as a way to practice generosity.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Communication

Continuing on with our study of A Guide to the Buddhist Path by Sangharakshita, this evening we will be discussing “Communication,” pages 119-121. 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?

The section we'll be discussing is available online here, but if you don’t get around to doing the reading, no problem. You’re still welcome to join the discussion.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Habits and Vows

The New Year is often a time when we are inspired to make a fresh start. We are hopeful about our potential to replace bad habits with good ones, and we set New Year’s Resolutions to try to hold ourselves accountable for change. And, for many people, by February we have forgotten about these resolutions. This evening we will investigate why the typical format of a New Year’s Resolution is often ineffective and how examining and reconnecting with vows can be a more effective way to reset at the New Year and throughout the year.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Service of Lights

This evening’s service marks the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. In Japan this is a time that marks the turning point from yin to yang and a move toward balance. We will observe this evening with stories and a celebration of light.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Primacy of Going for Refuge

We’ve been reading A Guide to the Buddhist Path by Sangharakshita. This evening we will be discussing “The Primacy of Going for Refuge,” pages 112-119. 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, December 15, 2016

Family Life and Early Buddhist Monastics

Typically we think about early Buddhist monks and nuns as completely leaving behind family when they took their monastic vows. Shayne Clarke’s scholarship in his Family Matters in Indian Buddhist Monasticisms, provides evidence of a different version of early monasticism. This evening’s talk will be a summary of some of the key ideas from Clarke’s analysis.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Bodhi Day

Bodhi Day commemorates the day that the historical Buddha reached enlightenment. In honor of this day, tonight’s talk will have two focuses. First we will review the concept of enlightenment--considering what this meant for the historical Buddha and what it means for us today. Then we will review the purpose behind some of the elements of the Bodhi Day service.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Beginner’s Mind Night--True Community and Communication

The first Thursday of each month is beginner’s mind night in our sangha. The evening’s discussion has two purposes. For those who are attending for this first time, we will introduce ourselves and explain some of the basic practices and teachings of Tendai Buddhism. This is a great chance to orient yourself to our group and to our particular style of meditation. For those who are regular attendees of our services, beginner’s mind night is a chance to reflect on how we are living mindfully in daily life. Each month we will review one of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings as a way to consider our daily practice. This month we will focus on True Community and Communication.