Wednesday, November 16, 2011

2011 November Announcements

November Announcements

Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center


Snow Buddha!

Thanks to Bo Kag for the photo and to Lori and Nestor for their handiwork during the October storm anomaly!


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


Special Request


A Buddhist Parable of the Lady and the Lamp

One day on the street the old woman encountered a long procession of carts carrying a large quantity of flax oil. Upon asking, she learned that the oil was a donation which the king of the country, was sending to the Buddha. Deeply moved, the old woman also longed to make an offering, but she had no money whatsoever. She decided to cut off her own hair and sell it.

With that money she bought a small amount of flax oil and went to offer it to the Buddha. She thought: With so little oil a lamp will only burn half a night. However, if the Buddha recognizes my faith and feels compassion for me, then the lamp will burn throughout the night.

Her wish was fulfilled and the lamp continued to burn throughout the night, while all the other lamps went out in the strong winds which blew from the direction of Mount Sumeru. When day broke, people tried to blow it out, but, on the contrary, her lamp continued to glow all the more, so brightly as to almost illuminate the entire world.

We are reaching out to you to ask for financial support to keep our Temple "lamps" on throughout the winter. The operating costs for Dae Yen Sa Temple, especially heat, electricity and food are considerable.

The Temple does not charge membership fees. Programs such as Saturday Yoga/QiGong, Meditation, Vegetarian Lunch; Wednesday Dharma School; Movie Nights and other special events are led by volunteers and depend entirely on individual contributions. Dae Yen Sa's mission is to welcome all, and in order to keep these programs alive, the Temple is counting on your financial support.

While we are mindful that the present economy has affected many, we hope you will make a contribution today that is right for you. Like the story of the Lady and the Lamp, even modest offerings are extremely helpful and greatly appreciated. Dae Yen Sa is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit religious organization as such, your donation is tax deductible.

Please make your check payable to:
Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple

You may hand your offering directly to Su Yen Sunim at the Temple or mail to:

Dae Yen Sa International Buddhist Temple
c/o Su Yen Sunim
19 Kinsey Road,
New Hartford Connecticut, 06057

Thank you in advance for your generosity and care.

May you be Peaceful, Happy and Well.


Bo Gak (eduardo)

13th Annual Open Mountain Ceremony

Jason sitting on the steps of one of the beautiful temples at Bak Lim Sa.

The gathering at Bak Lim Sa Korean Temple in Summitville, NY, for the 13th Annual Open Mountain Ceremony was a great success! Catch some of your friends that attended to see photos of the beautiful traditional buildings on the grounds and all the events!

Dae Yen Sa Film Festival!

Dae Yen Sa's nine-week "Film Festival" Series continues each Friday, gathering at 7:00 PM, and will starting the movie at 7:30. Showings, and as many thereafter as weather will permit is outdoors. The movies will all have a Buddhist themes or stories, and are family appropriate. One of the movies that we are aware of does have a scene or two that could be considered "mature". When this one comes up, we will notify you in the reminder e-mail.

We ask for a five dollar donation to the temple to cover costs, and this will include popcorn and hot chocolate or bottled water.

For information about the movie title, ratings (if available - some of the films are not rated), and descriptions of the film can be given on an individual basis by contacting Lori Chernyha at . Sign up for email announcements to stay informed! Please come and enjoy the show!! We encourage you to bring family, friends, and neighbors!


Enlightened Seon (Zen) Master Jinje , the 79th Patriarch in the Korean lineage of the Buddha, traveled to the West for the first, and perhaps only, time. For those that were not able to see the event in person, a film of the event is available online.
Go to the page and click LIVE to watch!

25-Week Dharma Study Course!

On July 13 the new 25-week Dharma Discovery began at Dae Yen Sa. 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.



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



His Holiness the Dalai Lama: "What’s the meaning of miracle? Miracle is something unexpected. I think a hundred years ago, jumbo jets or some of these really...computers—I think in their eye this is something miracle. Because Miracle is something you cannot understand. So now I think within this century we may find some new ideas or new facts. So far we spent all our energy and time for research on matter, not internal world. This skull— small space, but lot of mysterious things still there."

See more on the website for the film THE BUDDHA


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!


Garchen Rinpoche Documentary Official Preview 2011


Born on the roof of the world.
Discovered by a king as the reincarnation of a great Lama.
He fought to save his country, defending the Jewel of Tibet.
Imprisoned for 20 years, he practiced the Buddha's teachings in secret.
Upon release, he emerged an awakened master.
To rebuild the Dharma, he risked his life.
Today, he travels the globe as Love.


This film is a rare and intimate portrait of an astonishing man.
One experiences the world of Tibetan Buddhism through his unusally inspiring and revealing life story. His journey moves and instructs us, in a uniquely universal way, to have the courage to embody pure Love, the highest potential of the human mind.

a film by Christina Lundberg

More information about this film on their website:

more of the preview can be seen online


Thanks for supporting your local temple and meditation center!

There are many ways to support your temple including donations. If you have something special to contribute, please let us know! Please volunteer your skills. Offer a talk or workshop,

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!

A big thank you to Eduardo and Aaron leading the Dharma talks on Wednesday night at Dae Yen Sa and so many others that volunteer their time and attention.

There are many reasons to visit the temple! Here are just a few:

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. Your shopping benefits the temple!


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 generously 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.

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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