Tuesday, May 19, 2009

2009 May Dharma Schedule and Temple Repairs

Dae Yen Sa

International Buddhist Temple


19 Kinsey Road, New Hartford, CT 06057


Wednesday Schedule:

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

Temple Repair

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.

Saturday Schedule:

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

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