Monday, August 1, 2011

2011 August Announcements

August Announcements

Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center


Buddhist art and statuary contain symbols that speak about their stories and teachings.


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


Mindfulness Retreat

Join in the retreat Saturday, August 6, 2011! Tell your friends and share the brochure too!
Everyone is welcome.

How can we be peaceful, happy and well in the present moment, if we are lost in the past, or anticipating the future? The answer is Mindfulness practice.

Mindfulness is about bringing our full attention to whatever is in front of us, in the present moment, without letting distractions of the mind pull us away. When walking, walk. When sitting, sit. When eating, eat. With Mindfulness, life can become fresher, more authentic, calmer, and more fulfilling. Let's spend the day together learning and practicing Mindfulness! Namu.

Link to share or print brochure!

Mindfulness for Daily Living

Join the support group for people learning to practice meditation in a Western society life. The group meets every other week at Dae Yen Sa from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. More information can be found on the 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!

New 25-Week Dharma Study Course!

On July 13 a new 25-week Dharma Discovery begins at Dae Yen Sa. Please see the attached syllabus for details, and pass it on to anyone you know who may be interested. If you are able and allowed to post it where it can be seen by many people, please do. Thanks you for your interest!

Classes take place Wednesday evenings from 7-9 PM and include meditation, shared reading, dharma talk, discussion, tea ceremony and a fruit party social. This course runs from July 13 through December 28, 2011. There are no attendance expectations; Please come whenever you can!

Dharma study is tuition-free! Sangha members are instead suggested to practice the paramita of [reciprocal] generosity,donating commensurate to the benefits of participating and their financial ability.

Dae Yen Sa is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,and donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Receipts provided upon request.



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 7 PM for meditation, meditation, 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.

This is a very rich and exciting new 25-week study beginning next Wednesday.
The course, entitled "Finding One Buddhism: From Scripture to No Doctrine", is being led by Brother Aaron Doyle. We are all grateful for his time, teaching, insights and big heart!

This terrific sharing of Wisdom will help us enter into questions of Buddhist identity, provide new insights on Buddha-Dharma and help nourish us on the Bodhisattva path.

Participate for all 25 weeks, or as you can. Syllabus is attached.

Also, there is great beauty in the support of the Sangha (community). We may practice individually, but we do not walk the path alone. We have each other.
I am grateful for your wisdom, encouraged by your commitment to the practice, and feel privileged to be able to gather as community in this very special way.
If you are a regular visitor to Sangha, then you understand. If you have not yet experienced Dae Yen Sa, we invite you, with the wide open 1,000 arms of Kwan Seum Bosal,the Bodhisattva of Supreme Compassion, to come and see.

So Welcome ... we hope to see you on Wednesday 7/13/11 at 7pm.


ps. Feel free to bring a dharma buddy with you!

Chanting & Meditation 7 pm - 7:45 pm

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

Thanks and Namu!

Much Metta.


Buddha Eyes

On virtually every stupa (Buddhist shrine) in Nepal, there are giant pairs of eyes staring out from the four sides of the main tower.

These are Buddha Eyes (also known as Wisdom Eyes), and they look out in the four directions to symbolize the omniscience (all-seeing) of a Buddha.

The Buddha eyes are so prevalent throughout the country that they have become a symbol of Nepal itself.

Between the Buddha's eyes where the nose would be is a curly symbol that looks like question mark.

This is the Nepali character for the number 1, which symbolizes unity of all the things as well as the one way to reach enlightenment—through the Buddha's teachings.

Above this is a third eye, symbolizing the all-seeing wisdom of the Buddha.

See more on religious symbols here.


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!

Every other Saturday Evening Insight Meditation Group

6:00 PM -7:30 PM


Aaron speaking about the Buddha story.
2011 Dae Yen Sa Lotus Retreat Presentation. Here Aaron presents the great symbolism within the Buddha life and vision as well.


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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