Wednesday, March 23, 2011

2011 March Announcements

2011 March Announcements

Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center


The Temple Lion in the Snow

There is apparently some time left to visit the temple with some beautiful snow cover!

Temple merchandise is now available including the WHO ARE YOU t-shirt!


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


Thank you to everyone attending Buddha's Nirvana Day Celebration on
Saturday, March 19, 2011!

Special Request

Please help Dae Yen Sa Temple!

The temple needs help from sangha members and friends to pay their tax bill. Please make a donation, no matter how small or large, to Dae Yen Sa. Your donations will be a great assistance!

Make checks to mail or bring to:

Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple
19 Kinsey Road
New Hartford, CT 06057

Contact: Sue Yen Sunim

Wednesday evening dharma school!

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

Chanting & Meditation 7 pm - 7:45 pm

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

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.

The two lojong slogans we will study this week are:

1. When the world is filled with evil, transform all mishaps into the path of Bodhi (Enlightenment).

2. All dharma agrees at one point.

These slogans carry much value in combination because the first points to using the unfavorable circumstances we encounter as the fuel for our progress, and the second reminds us that it's not about us. This puts us squarely on the path of the Bodhisattva and in service to the liberation of all beings.

Let's walk this path together, sharing the universal Buddha-wisdom Pema Chodron conveys so well. If you're jumping in for the first time, the book we are studying is Start Where You Are: A Guide to Compassionate Living (available at major booksellers).


Please come on Wednesdays, at 7PM for meditation, tonglen practice, shared reading and discussion (plus a fruit party!).

Note: A few brand-new copies of the book are available at the temple for the same price you would pay at a major online bookseller (around $11), or used copies can be found at online booksellers for as little as $2 or less (plus shipping):

Please bring a friend or family member as the group and topic are suited to bringing us closer together -- in our humanity and our community. We are so fortunate to be able to share in this wisdom together.

Please also watch for email announcements for cancellations due to weather and enjoy your snow shoveling meditations.

Thanks and Namu!

Much Metta.

Buddhist Thought:


Buddha at Gampo Abbey Seven Points of Training the Mind:
The Root Text

Translated by the Nalanda Translation Committee under the direction of Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche.

ONE: The preliminaries, which are the basis for dharma practice

1. First, train in the preliminaries.

TWO: The main practice, which is training
in bodhicitta

2. Absolute Bodhicitta Regard all dharmas as dreams.
3. Examine the nature of unborn awareness.
4. Self-liberate even the antidote.
5. Rest in the nature of alaya, the essence.
6. In postmeditation, be a child of illusion.

7. Relative Bodhicitta Sending and taking should be practiced alternately. These two should ride
the breath.
8. Three objects, three poisons, three roots of virtue.
9. In all activities, train with slogans.
10. Begin the sequence of sending and taking with yourself.

Read more:

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

Pema Chodron "Good Medicine"

Pema Chodron shares more information on tonglen practice.

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 preparations 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!

Participate in beneficial shopping!

The temple now has available a selection of great merchandise! Please stop by to purchase a temple t-shirt or the favorite "WHO AM I?" koan t-shirt

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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