Monday, March 26, 2012

2012 April Announcements

April Announcements

Dae Yen Sa
International Buddhist Temple and Meditation Center


Sister Su Yen Sunim by Eduardo Barrios


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


Buddha's Birthday LATE ANNOUNCEMENT!

Dear friends Dae Yen Sa Temple sangha has been invited to join with Kwan Um School of Zen community in celebrating Buddha's Birthday on Saturday March 31, 2012 at 10am at Providence Zen Center in Rhode Island

We have been asked to provide a count of participants. If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Eduardo by replying to the email that was sent by next Wednesday, March 28th.

We are hoping to car pool from Dae Yen Sa leaving at roughly 7am on the 31st

Providence Zen Center and Diamond Hill Zen Monastery

(International Head Temple of the Kwan Um School of Zen)

Guiding Teacher: Zen Master Bon Haeng and Nancy Hedgpeth JDPSN

Address: 99 Pound Road Cumberland, RI 02864

Phone: (401) 658-1464

Residence: (401) 658-2499

Fax: (401) 658-1188



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Be sure to subscribe to Dae Yen Sa emails to receive announcements as soon as they are available.


Beginning April 4, we will read and discuss Shantideva's The Way of the Bodhisattva. Words do not convey how precious this teaching is. Our Sangha studied it a few years ago and it remains one of the most remembered and cherished topics we've shared. It bears revisiting.

The Way of the Bodhisattva is profoundly concise, beautiful poetry that captures the essence of the Bodhisattva Ideal. Its verses are easy to grasp yet so pregnant with meaning that one cannot avoid being inspired to deep contemplation and selfless intention.

Please join us on this journey, which will last into midsummer. Next week (March 28) we'll transition in the direction of Shantideva with a teaching on Bodhisattva Dharma. A week later (April 4) Brother Bo Gak will begin our study of The Way of the Bodhisattva with an introduction to the book. Please obtain a copy before then as we will do shared readings. The version we'll use is:

The Way of the Bodhisattva (Shambhala Library) [Hardcover]
by Shantideva and translated by the Padmakara Translation Group
ISBN 978-1590306147

The hardcover version is available at Amazon for under $13:
[The paperback version will save you 52 cents, or more if you buy it used.

With metta,

Bo Kyung (Aaron)


Seven Tsawa Tibetan Monks, including a Geshe, visited Dae Yen Sa Temple as part of their "World Peace Cultural Tour" and took part in the retreat on February 4, 2012!

Visit the monks website.

See photos of their visit here.

Anita's Memory Ceremony

A fond farewell and a memory for Anita on her journey.

See the photos here.

Retreat Schedule:

Day of Mindfulness Retreats!

Every First Saturday of the month, 9am-5pm

Give yourself time to rest and reflect. Life can get busy and stressful. It's so easy for each of us to lose perspective as we juggle it all. That's why it's so important to make time specifically for you. A mindful-ness retreat allows you to unplug from distractions and recharge your spiritual batteries. All are welcomed.

Full-day retreat donation is $45, which includes vegetarian lunch and tea. FREE for Seniors and Students

Saturday Dates: 4/7/12, 5/5/12, 6/2/12, 7/7/12, 8/4/12, 9/1/12, 10/6/12, 11/3/12, 12/1/12.

4/7/12 retreat brochure here!

9-10:00 am...Yoga/Qi Gong

10:15...Tea Break and Introduction

10:15-11...Meditation Session

11-11:45...Recitation & Chanting

12-1pm...Vegetarian Lunch

1-1:45...Walking Meditation

2-3:15...Dharma Talk/ Recitation/Q&a

3:30-4:30...Yoga/Qi Gong and/or Group Activity

4:30-5:00 Meditation, Closing Recitation Sutra of Loving-Kindness
and Om Amoga chant

Print and share the brochure at this link.

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


Excerpt From Buddhist Studies

Korean Buddhist Art

Buddhist principles influencing the arts are sometimes obvious and sometimes not so obvious. Some fundamental Buddhist principles found in Korean Art are:

1. Inclusiveness - the ability of Buddhism to absorb different influences. This can be seen in the variety of cultures and philosophies absorbed into Korean Buddhist Art: Theravada, Mahayana, Tantric, Shamanism and Confucianism.

2. Interrelatedness - the combining of several arts to portray its true beauty; the Monk's Dance "Sung-mu" demonstrates a performing art which is a combination of music, dance, embroidery and costume.

3. Interdependence - the relationship of the parts to the whole and of the whole to the parts.

All Korean temples are built without nails so that they can be dismantled and moved to new locations, a true example of interdependence.

Read more at this link.


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!


Korean Buddhist Art

Documents the creation of a Buddhist painting by the Buddhist nun artist, Seol Min, who has dedicated her life to keeping the tradition of Buddhist painting alive.

May our family, friends and other loved ones travel well knowing they are always in our hearts.


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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