Sunday, April 17, 2011

2011 April Announcements

2011 April Announcements

Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center



When was the last time you really experienced a cup of tea? Sit down and do nothing but experience the tea as you hold it and sip it. Feel its warmth, really smell the aroma and taste the tea spices.


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


Buddha's Birthday!

EVERYONE IS INVITED! Join the temple for Buddha's Birthday Ceremony on Sunday, May 8 from 1 PM to 2 PM! The day includes Dharma talk, Baby Buddha Bathing Ceremony and Korean vegetarian lunch will be served. See and share the brochure for more details!

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link to see and share the brochure!

Insight Meditation Group

Join the support group for people learning to practice meditation in a Western society life. The group meets weekly at Dae Yen Sa from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. More information can be found on the Insight Meditation Group site on Facebook. Check out the wiki about Vipassanā to understand the group focus.

LinkShare the Brochure! Click the link to print or share the brochure on your favorite online sites!

Tuesday Evening Series!

Take a look at the temple's new series beginning on April 19th! The Bikram Yoga Difference, Benefits of Acupuncture & Energy Healing in April, and State of Organic Farming in CT starting May! These talks are open to all Temple members as well as the general public. There is a suggested donation of ten dollars per event, per person to help cover Temple costs.

Talks will cover topics concerning our health as well as the health of the en
vironment. The speakers are all experts in their fields. This is a perfect opportunity to introduce our friends and families to our Temple in a comfortable, casual yet informative setting.

Use the link below to share online or print copies of the brochure!

This Unrepeatable Moment Retreat!

The 10th annual one day Buddhist retreat (sesshin) held at the beautiful Dae Yen Sa Temple on Sunday, June 12, 2011 from 9 AM to 5 PM. Contact the temple, Buddhist Faith Fellowship of Connecticut or the Buddhist 12 Step Group of Connecticut for registration and details. This Unrepeatable Moment experience underscores presence and the profound sense of gratitude. The day includes basic sitting meditation instruction and practice, walking meditation, yoga, voice meditation, noble silence, discussions & a delicious Korean vegetarian lunch. Registration is from April 9 through June 9, 2011.

Visit for more information.

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


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!

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

Chanting & Meditation 7 pm - 7:45 pm

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

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):

Thanks and Namu!

Much Metta.


A Cup Of Tea
A Zen story to inspire us to be mindful and live in the here and now.

"...our simple cup of tea should be an awakening experience and high teaching, but if we take that example seriously, we should consider our trips to the supermarket and the decisions we face in the aisle choosing one olive oil over another as a practice of mindfulness and presence.

"Go have a cup of tea" can be translated as "see your whole life as your spiritual path." Go fill up your tank of gas, wash your dishes, speak to your loved ones on the phone, tie your shoelaces, shower, jog, meditate with a desire to be present.

The motivation we bring into our activities is what differentiates them between being spiritual teachings and selfish pursuits. If our activities are motivated from a desire to be present, to expand our awareness of what being alive is, and as a path to help others and let go of some of my self-centeredness, then anything we may be doing can serve as an awakened practice."

Read the entire writing at


Tuesday Evening Series

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

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!

Saturday Evening Insight Meditation Group

6:00 PM -7:30 PM


Korean tea ceremony.


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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