Tuesday, July 27, 2010

2010 July Announcements

2010 July Announcements

Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center


Emptiness and Fullness


1. Events and Announcements
2. Dharma School Series
3. Buddha Thought
4. Saturday Schedule Reminder
5. Dae Yen Sa Video
6. Volunteers

Events and Announcements

Buddhism 101: A Retreat day

Saturday, August 7, 2010 9am-5pm

Did You Ever wonder.....

Who was the Buddha? Is Buddha a god? What is Enlightenment? What is the cause of human suffering? What are the 4 Noble Truths? What is meditation/why is it important/what are the forms? Why are there so manyBuddha statues? How does one bow correctly? Why is incense, water and fruit offered? What is a mantra? Why do Buddhists chant?

$40/Donation includes vegetarian lunch

(to register, email the temple to receive the registration or contact Sue Yen Sunim 860-459-6255)

Retreat Schedule:

9-10:00am Yoga/Qi Gong

10:15 Tea break and introduction

10:15-11 Meditation instruction by Master Dae San Sunim

11-11:45 Meditation session Introduction to the Temple, Buddha statues, bowing, ritual elements, Chanting Om mani padme hum


1-1:45 Walking meditation at Pagoda

2-3:15 Heart Sutra recitation, Dharma talk, Open sharing/ Q&A

3:30-4:30 Yoga/Qi Gong or Private discussion available

4:30-5:00 Meditation, Closing recitation sutra of Loving-kindness and Om Amoga chant


Dae Yen Sa now offers Thursday night Yoga class from 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM! Come practice loving kindness for mind and body through Yoga. Everyone is welcome. Wear comfortable clothes. Yoga and Qi Gong practice is also available on an alternating schedule with yoga at the Temple every Saturday.

Please ask the temple about the book A TINY BUD written and illustrated by two young temple members from the Kim family!

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See some of the temple's news stories!

Blending their belief

Special Birthday Celebration Draws Guests From Many Cultures, Many States

All Faiths Welcome At Buddhist Temple

Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery

Temple welcomes Tibetan monks 2007

If you have a link to temple news story, please drop us a line!

The Dharma School Series

Chanting & Meditation 7 pm - 7:45 pm

Dae Yen Sa Dharma School 7:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Sangha Gathering 8:30 pm - 9:00 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 07/28/10: 

The Noble 8-Fold Path Way to the end of suffering

Chapter 7, Right Concentration, Stages of Concentration. Pages 90-97

Right Concentration:

The eighth principle of the path, right concentration, refers to the development of a mental force that occurs in natural consciousness, although at a relatively low level of intensity, namely concentration. Concentration in this context is described as one-pointedness of mind, meaning a state where all mental faculties are unified and directed onto one particular object. Right concentration for the purpose of the eightfold path means wholesome concentration, i.e. concentration on wholesome thoughts and actions. The Buddhist method of choice to develop right concentration is through the practice of meditation. The meditating mind focuses on a selected object. It first directs itself onto it, then sustains concentration, and finally intensifies concentration step by step. Through this practice it becomes natural to apply elevated levels concentration also in everyday situations.


Buddhist Thought

Emptiness in mathematics.

In mathematics the notion of emptiness finds expression in the number zero, as well as in contemporary set theory. The concept of zero was discovered in India prior to the sixth century A.D. The "Arabic" number system we use today is neither Arabic nor Greek in origin. In fact, the digits 0123456789 go back to India where they were first created. The ancient Indian number system distinguished itself from other positional systems by virtue of allowing the use of zero as a legitimate number. Interestingly, the number zero did not exist in Greek mathematics, because the Greeks were essentially geometricians and had no use for the mathematical concept of a non-entity, neither did it exist in Egyptian mathematics. The Arabs, who encountered the Indian number system during their early conquests in India, found it superior to their own traditional system which used letters, and thus adapted it to develop Islamic mathematics. The Arabic word for zero is "sifr", meaning "empty." In the 12th century, the Italian mathematician Leonardo Pisano Fibonacci studied Arabian algebra and introduced the Hindu-Arabic numerals to Europe. The word "sifr" thus became "zephirum" in Latin and "zero" in English.

---Excerpt from http://www.thebigview.com/buddhism/emptiness.html on emptiness.

Wednesday Dharma School
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Meditation and Dharma Study

Thursday Night Yoga
7:00 PM to 8:15 PM

Saturday Temple Regular Schedule:

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Yoga or Qi Gong
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

Dae Yen Sa offers retreat days once a quarter, usually on a first Saturday of some months. Call or contact the temple to find out about upcoming retreat days, schedules, and activities for those days. Retreat days will be posted.

Dae Yen Sa Video

Scene from "Little Buddha".

Part 2 of the film, admiring emptiness.

For the videographers out there the Pluralism Project Photo & Video contest has announced a challenge! Photos and videos may feature:
* Religious practices and rituals
* Religious centers, including festivals & center openings
* Participation of religious groups in American civic life
* Interfaith encounter or social action
* Womens' leadership and participation
Visit the site for more information!
Entries must be submitted via email to contest@pluralism.org by 5 PM on August 1, 2010.


A special thanks goes out to volunteers at the temple!

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. Thank you to all the people who make the wonderful experience at the temple possible!

Sati Meditation

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 temple is seeking a volunteer(s) to help us find or purchase 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.

Lending Library

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 Mentions!

A very special thanks goes out to Ms. Grace Kim of Blooming Ridgefield who provides many of the beautiful flower arrangements at the temple. Please visit her site at http://bloomingridgefield.com/

Big thank yous to Eduardo who leads the Dharma talks every Wednesday at Dae Yen Sa.

Please consider donating to the temple!

Your assistance, no matter what amount, is greatly appreciated!

Mission Statement:

Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center is a non-profit religious organization serving the spiritual needs of a diverse and dedicated community of lay practitioners. We offer instruction and participation in Buddhist religion, meditation forms, devotional chanting and worship, dharma principles and practices, yoga and other relevant programs. We welcome all who seek enlightenment of mind and freedom from suffering caused by human greed, hatred and delusion.

Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) religious organization. Charitable contributions are tax exempt. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Namu.

19 Kinsey Road
New Hartford, CT 06057
Telephone: (860) 489-3254
Cell: (860) 459-6255
Fax: (860) 489-5760

Donations greatly appreciated!


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