Sunday, November 28, 2010

2010 December Announcements

2010 December Announcements

Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center


Sue Yen Sunim watching the fire burn at the Memory Ceremony.


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. 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, December 1 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.

This week's topic is Women in Buddhism, a subject with so many facets and complexities that an entire college course (or even a specialization within a Religion or Women's Studies major) could easily be devoted to it.

As an introduction we will briefly cover the early history of women in the Buddha's sangha, followed by women's evolving roles in modern Buddhism. The Buddha's teachings can be viewed and interpreted from different perspectives, and this holds the potential for controversy. Historically and from a feminist viewpoint, Buddhism has not been free from charges of sexism and even misogyny.

However, modern Buddhism -- especially in the West -- seems acclimated and inclusive toward women's ordination and spiritual equality. We will explore what this means to/for women in our lay sangha, and how the Buddha's teachings support women's practice today.

Recommended Readings:

For an overview, Wikipedia's entry "Women in Buddhism":
For more detail, Buddhanet offers a number of articles related to women in Buddhism:
...including a highly recommended Q&A:

Much Metta.

Buddhist Thought:

American filmmaker finds a way around 'Buddhism fatigue'

Bombay News.Net

Wednesday 24th November, 2010 (IANS)

Done-to-death stereotypes have given rise to 'Buddhism fatigue' in the United States, which is a tough challenge in movie making, according to California-based filmmaker Heather Kessinger who has made a film on Buddhist nuns.

'In the Shadow of Buddha', focusing on the nuns in Buddhism and shot in the highlands of Tibet, is being screened at the Short Film Centre (SFC) of the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here.

Kessinger told IANS that there was a general disinterest in films on Buddhism in the US, which accentuated the same old stereotype, i.e., 'beautiful, soft, open - but not always interesting'.

'This film deals with the subject of nuns in Buddhism - a subject never handled before. I want to see if I can break through to a broader US audience with this attempt,' said Kessinger, who is a still photographer-turned-short-film maker...

To read the story above, visit this link:

Women in Buddhism
has a comprehensive collection of links and resources.
To visit the site, click this link!

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 - 2. The Annual Ploughing Festival

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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