2009 October Announcements
Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center
Buddha of Compassion
1. Stillwater Meditation Center Sangha Visits!
2. Dharma School Series
3. Buddha Thought
5. Saturday Schedule Reminder
6. Dae Yen Sa Video
On Saturday, October 24th, Stillwater Meditation Center Sangha, of Wolcott, CT, will visit Dae Yen Sa for a Saturday morning session consisting of Tai Chi, Meditation, and a delicious vegetarian lunch. We invite all members and friends to participate in this collective program.
The Dharma School Series
Chanting & Meditation 7 pm - 7:30 pm
Dae Yen Sa Dharma School & Tea 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
We welcome individuals of all paths and understandings to participate in weekly gatherings consisting of meditation, meditative reading and review along with group reflection on Buddhist principles and practices or Dharma. The only requirement is an open mind and open heart.
Study Topic for Wednesday, October 21, 2009:
STUDY TOPIC: Dhammapada: Chapter 2- Heedfulness
For those with Books please read Chapter 2: Heedfulness
For those without books please read Chapter 2: Heedfulness
So how often in the past week have you used the word "heedful" in your communication with others. How often have you encountered the word heedful in the past month, year? The word heedful has its roots in the Old English term "hedan" meaning, "to take care". Here's a definition:
This week's reading focuses us on heedfulness, or vigilance, or mindfulness, or conscious awareness, as the pathway that leads to Life. The Buddha seems to be telling us something so very simple, and indeed much of the Dhammapada seems like basic common sense observations. But we as students and practitioners need to be watchful that in the face of its simplicity we don't gloss over the text and lose the profundity of the message. What does a life of mindfulness mean for you? What are the implications of developing a deeper sense of mindful awareness in your life and in your relationships? How and where do you encounter carelessness? What is your reaction? Do you feel frustration, anger or other emotions? And, are you mindful of these emotions? If we really dig deep into the teachings and look deeply into ourselves in meditation we can begin to be more skillful at recognizing our own triggers and those times when we speak or act out in heedlessness. Think about it, we may not swear out loud when a driver cuts us off on the highway, but if we're honest, we can feel the heat of justified resentment rise. We as Buddhist practitioners train in radical awareness and in letting go. This is a compassionate act and in no way a sign of weakness, but rather of strength, because it is we who can stop the death-dealing cycle of samsara. Namu, for Life!
By sustained effort, earnestness, discipline and self-control let the wise person make for themselves an island, which no flood overwhelms.
--- The Dhammapada, Ch. 2, V.5
Thinking of all and wishing peace and light. NAMU!
Each of us can now electronically spin our very own prayer wheel. All you have to do is download th3 mantra to your computer's hard disk. Downloaded, the hard disk drive will spin the mantra for you. Disk drives spin somewhere between 3600 and 7200 revolutions per minute! Given those rotation speeds, you'll soon be purifying negative karma.
To see more on this, check this link!
Assistance with preparation for special events, weekends and teaching nights is always greatly appreciated. This includes assistance in the kitchen, setting up, taking down and any other donation of talent or effort that can assist the temple. You are always greatly appreciated! The temple does have some special requests from time to time as well.
Calling all TV Techies!
The temple is seeking a volunteer(s) to help us find orpurchase a big screen TV for the Main Temple that we could also connect to a computer. There are so many great teachings and wisdom available in multimedia now that would add to study experiences. In addition the temple is considering offering occasional "movie nights" for families. Maybe our first Movie night could be "MULAN" in honor of dear little Sasha! Of course, we are also seeking donations for the purchase of the TV, or, of a TV itself. Thank you in advance for your kindness in achieving this goal for the benefit of the sangha. Please see Su Yen Sunim to help with this endeavor.
The East gives us thousands upon thousands of Buddhist sacred texts. And here in the West we have access to many books and articles from teachers like Jack Kornfield, Pema Chodron and other well-known teachers. It is our goal to begin a small lending library of Buddhist texts that would be open to Sangha members. The idea has been approved by Su Yen Sunim and Master, so we'll keep you posted on the logistics. In the meantime consider donating your books of wisdom to the temple. Make it a practice in letting go!
Talks and Workshops
While we have the Wisdom of the Triple Gem we also recognize the network of members and friends with wisdom to share with Dae Yen Sa. If you, or anyone you know, has an interest in presenting a workshop/lecture/training that is relevant and appropriate to Buddhist principles and practice, please speak with Eduardo. At present, the Temple does not have funds for lecturers. Any presentation would be considered a donation would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance.
SPECIAL MENTION! Nirvana Juice Bar, Torrington
One of our Sangha members, Rosie, invites us to visit her juice bar in Downtown Torrington. Rosie offers many wonderful health and enrgy drinks and foods as well as aromatic incenses and products sangha members would appreciate. In addition Rosie hosts guest lectures and open mike nights. Visit her website for more information and then visit her store for some "chill" time. http://nirvanahealthbar.com/ Nirvana is a healthy, fun and informative place to visit!
Saturday Temple Regular Schedule:
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Yoga
The first Saturday of each month, Dae Yen Sa has a retreat day with a revised schedule. Call or contact the temple for the schedule and activities for that day.
Participants in the Memory Ceremony at Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center approach the alter three at a time. Each person carries a flower and performs special gestures with water and bowing. The Memory Ceremony is to honor ancestors and is held once a year at the temple.
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