Sunday, November 21, 2010

2010 November Announcements

2010 November Announcements

Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center


Sue Yen Sunim partaking in the yoga class.


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

Events and Announcements

Thursday evening yoga is being canceled until further notice due to low attendance. It may be resumed in the spring if there is enough interest.

You may still attend our Saturday morning Yoga / Qi Gong at 9:00 AM every Saturday, followed by meditation, chanting and Korean vegetarian lunch.

Thanks for understanding. Namu!

View a few photos from the Fall Retreat, November 6, 2010!

Wednesday evening dharma school!

This 20-week "Introduction to Buddhism" dharma study series is designed to provide a broad overview of Buddhism and Zen.

While this course is provided for free, donations in support of temple efforts are welcome and appreciated.

Check the schedule of classes and share the brochure with your friends!
Click this link to see the online form.

Buddha Tour!

The Buddha brochures, describing each Buddha and their hand gestures are now available online. Print one out for your next visit to the temple and visit each Buddha!

Brochure Front

Brochure Back

The Dharma School Series

Chanting & Meditation 7 pm - 7:45 pm

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

Please join us on Wednesday, November 10 at 7PM for meditation, dharma study, tea and fruit party.

Individuals of all paths and beliefs are welcome; the only requirement is an open heart and mind. Dharma study is free; donations supporting temple efforts are appreciated.

2008 Pew Forum Survey ranked Buddhism the third most practiced major religion in America ( Buddhism came to the West, and particularly to the United States, from cultures as various as Sri Lanka, Japan, Tibet, Korea and Thailand, and nearly every place around and in between. By now most Buddhist lineages and schools have some presence in North America and Europe. This offers a richness and diversity not found in many traditional Buddhist cultures, but lacks the community cohesiveness a single local or regional tradition can provide.

For the next gathering all are invited (optional - no pressure) to share what drew their interest to Buddhism and/or what maintains it. Is it a particular principle, aim, teaching or teacher? What traditions or practices interest you most and why? Do you pursue Buddhism as a practice, as a religion, as a science, as a lifestyle, or is it an intellectual inquiry? Is it something else to you?

There are no wrong answers to these admittedly personal questions because a discussion on Buddhism in the West is as much about all of us as it is about Buddhism. In this discussion we are the observers and the observed. Let's gently look at what we've learned on our unique paths and see how it fits with our views of Western culture. Sharing our insights and motivations in a safe, respectful and compassionate environment can be nourishing for the whole group.

To stimulate thought, please read the concise and illuminating essay, "The Future of Buddhism in the West" by David Nichtern:

Much Metta.

Buddhist Thought

A few years ago French-born Tibetan Buddhist monk and former geneticist Matthieu Ricard was famously and humorously dubbed "The Happiest Person in the World" after MRI scans showed the regions of his brain associated with sustained happiness (not temporary pleasure) were abnormally developed and active. Similar results were found in scans of other highly experienced meditators (10,000+ hours), but not in scans of hundreds of non-meditators. This article shares his insights:

Schedule Reminders!

Wednesday Dharma School
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Meditation and Dharma Study

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 throughout the year. Contact the temple to find out about upcoming retreat days, schedules, and activities for those days. Watch the newsletter for announcements!

Dae Yen Sa Video

The life of the Buddha - 1. The Birth of Prince Siddharta Gautama

Subtitles and music.

Support your local temple and meditation center!

A special thanks goes out to volunteers and supporters of the temple!

There are many ways to support your temple including donations. If you have something special to contribute, please let us know!

Volunteer Your Skills!

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 for everyone!

Help build a lending library.

The East gives us thousands upon thousands of Buddhist sacred texts. 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!

Offer a talk or workshop!

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.


Buy a special book!

Aerim Kim, the author of this lovely book of poetry is a frequent visitor at Dae Yen Sa Temple. Her poetry style is free, fresh, heartfelt, and full of a joyful sparkle of emotion. The late Zen Master Seung Shang described Aerim's poetry as "zen poems".

The Kim's have supplied the temple with many copies of this book in order to help support the printing needs of the temple. Please contact Sue Yen Sunim to purchase copies of the book for your personal library. You can help build an important network! Please let the temple and the Kim's know of any valuable networking connections to continue keeping this wonderful book in the public's eyes and hearts!

Dae Yen Sa plans on binding several of their prayer books together into one volume for members to use during prayer and ceremonies.

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

A big thank you to Eduardo and Aaron leading the Dharma talks on Wednesday night at Dae Yen Sa. Also thanks to Robin for the Thursday night Yoga class!

Please consider donating to the temple!

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

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

Donations 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.

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