2009 December Announcements
Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center
The snake in the sand mandala.
1. Upcoming Events
Nonviolent Communication Workshop
Learn how to live more peacefully and compassionately practicing Right Speech and Right Action.
Scheduled for January 18, 2010, 6:30 - 9:30 PM in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The snow date is January 19, 2010.
Teachings presented with guest NVC teacher Joe Brummer! Joe spent years exploring why people commit acts of violence against others. He studied nonviolence, conflict resolution and worked with the Institute for Study and Practice of Nonviolence to bring teaching to schools, and serves on the Community Mediation Center of Rhode Islands Juvenile Restorative Justice Advisory Board. He has recently attended International Intensive Training on Nonviolent Communication. Joe is the Connecticut representative for New England NVC. Visit the link http://www.cnvc.org for more information on the course.
In this course you will learn how to:
This important course is free to the general public. Please share the information with your friends!
The Dharma School Series
For those with Books please read Chapter 9: Evil
For those without books please read Chapter 9: Evil
Remember that phrase, "It must have been my evil twin....". We've all said it, thought or heard it from others, usually in jest. But there always is a bit of truth to it, because it emerges often when we become aware of our own non-virtuous words or actions. What is evil? The opposite of mindfulness and compassion. Evil is extreme attachment and even devotion to greed, anger and ignorance. One who practices evil relishes in the seeming joy that comes from causing extreme pain and suffering to others. Evil separates rather than unites. The disconcerting aspect is, that as humans, we are all capable of evil. None of us is exempt. And the Buddha warns that we can become evil little by little. Evil is insidious. If we go mindlessly through life, we can accumulate this energy, like drops of water in a bucket, until we are full and spilling over. This is why the Buddha exhorts us to "Make haste in doing good; check your mind from evil..." Dhammapada ch9 v.1. Now is the time to transform our non-virtuous inclinations, into virtuous intentions. The karmic principle teaches that our actions, and even our intentions, will ultimately bear fruit. We reap what we sow. So what will be your harvest?Namu.
Nobody is condemned in Buddhism, for greatness is latent even in the seemingly lowliest, just as lotuses spring from muddy ponds.
Invite someone new to experience the warmth of the sangha.
The Elephant Parable:
Maybe it was a white elephant.
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.
Recently, a small group from Dae Yen Sa enjoyed a field trip to Chuang Yen Temple in Carmel, NY. We participated in a retreat day, where we learned a new form of meditation practice called Sati. In Sati Meditation the practitioner uses mindful movements of the hands to bring about greater awareness.This practice was introduced by Luangpor Teean Jittasubho (1911-1988) of Thailand and taught to us by Dr. Dwight Chien. It is our intention to make Sati meditation sessions available at DaeYen Sa. If any member who participated in our Sati retreat in NY is interested in leading Sati meditation please see Eduardo. For those wishing to experience the Sati retreat day at Chuang Yen, the next session is December 12, 2009.
Calling all TV Techies!
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 energy 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.
Attachments Tinder to the Fiery Flames
Edwardo reading from The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva.
19 Kinsey Road
Donations greatly appreciated!
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