Tuesday, August 25, 2009

2009 August Temple Announcements

Dae Yen Sa

International Buddhist Temple

and Meditation Center


19 Kinsey Road, New Hartford, CT 06057


Wednesday Temple Regular Schedule:

7:00-7:30 PM Chanting, Meditation, Tea

7:30-8:30 PM Dae Yen Sa Dharma School

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 8/26/09:

Chapter 10 - Dedication (Whole Chapter) Way of the Bodhisattva by 8th Century Master, Shantideva. 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.

Have you ever received a gift or a gesture of kindness from another that you felt you could never repay? Sometimes this is called grace. How do we receive such gifts of immense generosity and loving-kindness? Of course, the first thing to do is to acknowledge the gift with a “thank you” or a hug or some other expression of gratitude that recognizes our brother’s or sister’s thoughtfulness. In chapter 10 Shantideva goes even further. His thanksgiving for the supreme teaching of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will be his entire self. He knows the only to “repay” the enlightened ones for all their wisdom and love is to be this same wisdom and love for others. Our Sangha has been meditating, praying and practicing these past few months on the wisdom of Buddhist Master Shantideva. Let us gather with this final chapter, in deep gratitude for the sacrifices the Buddhas of all times have made for our well being, even now at this very moment - and let us honor their efforts, and our own, by continuing our practice of mindfulness, helping to free all from the cycle of suffering. Namu.

And now 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.

WOB,chapter 10,verse 55.

Saturday Temple Regular 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 11:10 AM Walking Meditation

11:10 AM to 11:30 AM Chanting

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Korean Vegetarian Lunch

One of his students asked Buddha, "Are you the messiah?""No", answered Buddha. "Then are you a healer?""No", Buddha replied. "Then are you a teacher?" the student persisted. "No, I am not a teacher.""Then what are you?" asked the student, exasperated. "I am awake", Buddha replied.

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