Dae Yen Sa
International Buddhist Temple
19 Kinsey Road, New Hartford, CT 06057
Chanting/Meditation/Tea 7 pm - 7:30
Dae Yen Sa Dharma School 7:30 pm - 8:30
We welcome individuals of all paths and understandings to participate in weekly gathering consisting of meditation, meditative reading and review along with group reflection on Buddhist principles and practices or Dharma. Reqirement - open minds and open hearts
Study Topic for Wednesday 5/13/09:Chapter 2- Confession (verses 1-26)Way of the Bodhisattva by 8th Century Master, Shantideva (also mini study of 1st Noble Truth as time allows)
This well-known and loved text focuses on the cultivation and enhancement of Bodhicitta-a quality of completely open, or completely awakened heart and mind. The fruit of this compassionate practice is a heart/mind that wishesto benefit and bring enlightenment to all sentient beings. It is theBodhisattva (Bodhi=awakened Sattva=being) way.
Chapter 2 Confession. Shantideva reflects on his own lack of mindfulness ‹how greed anger and ignorance brings suffering into life and more importantly into the lives of those around us. This chapter reminds us of the karmic consequences of both living unconsciously and egoistically. Here minds us in very direct language that we do not live forever and he encourages us to begin living consciously right now. This chapter teaches humility. Verses 1-26 represent a litany of respect and honor to theBuddhas, to whom Shantideva makes his confession.
³For if you will accept me, I will be undaunted by samsara and will act for beings¹ sake. I¹ll leave behind the evils of my past, and ever after turn my face from them.²
---WOB,chapter 2,verse 9
We are happy to report repairs to the main Temple are underway and coming along well. Ceiling tiles are replaced, walls repainted, altar is half way through repair. We anticipate that preparations to clean and repair theBuddha statuary will take place within the coming weeks. In the meantime, please visit the small dharma room attached to the house.
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Yoga
10:00 AM to 10:20 AM Tea Break
10:20 AM to 11:00 AM Silent Meditation
11:00 AM to 11:10AM Walking Meditation
11:10 AM to 11:30AM Chanting
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Korean Vegetarian Lunch
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2009
7:00 pm - 8:30pm
Requirement - open minds and open hearts.
We welcome individuals of all paths and understandings to participate in weekly gathering consisting of meditation, meditative reading and review along with group reflection on Buddhist principles and practices or Dharma.
• Chanting/Meditation/Tea 7pm-7:30
Study Topic for Wednesday 5/13/09:
Chapter 1- The Excellence of Bodhicitta (verses 20-36)Way of the Bodhisattva by 8th Century Master, Shantideva and a mini study of 1st Noble Truth as time allows. This well-known and loved text focuses on the cultivation and enhancement of Bodhicitta, This is a quality of completely open, or completely awakened heart and mind. The fruit of this compassionate practice is a heart and mind that wishes to benefit and bring enlightenment to all sentient beings. It is the Bodhisattva (Bodhi=awakened, Sattva=being) way.
Chapter 1 makes the case for, and inspires us to become awake to Bodhicitta as the supreme quality of compassion. We have learned of the 2 aspects of Bodhicitta, namely “aspiring” or Bodhicitta in intention and “active” Bodhicitta, practical engagement. We will continue on in this study with verses 20-36. In addition, if time permits, we will present the 1st Noble Truth.
“And now as long as space endures, as long as there are beings to be found, may I continue likewise to remain to drive away the sorrows of the world.”
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Buddha's Birthday and the Fire
Buddha's Birthday was a beautiful event. The bouquets of flowers and fruit baskets around the temple areas were striking. The food was plentiful and delicious too. The weatherman said that it was going to rain all day. The day was a lovely sunny one.
After the event, people were still eating in the main house as part of the temple caught fire. Some damage occurred to the alter, several holy books were burned, and there was a great deal of smoke damage to the interior of the temple. The Amitibul statue is very damaged. However, Amitibul is credited with saving the other Buddhas from harm. Amitabul is associated with the element of fire.+
To see more photos of Buddha's Birthday and the other events of the day, visit the online photo album.
Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center, 19 Kinsey Road, New Hartford, CT 06057
Temple celebrates Buddha's birthday