• Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 03:00 PM
    Arlington Central Library in Arlington, VA

    Sangha Potluck for Junsen leaving

    Let's get together in honor of Rev. Dr. Junsen Chris Nettles! Junsen is moving to the west coast to rebuild on the land where the California Tendai Monastery was burned down by wildfires in 2015. Junsen has served as Great River Tendai's Sangha spiritual leader for the past 3 years and has been a Sangha member for over a decade.

    Let us know if you can join us for this celebration. All additional guests and kids are welcome.

    Please bring a vegetarian snack, appetizer, or beverage to share for the potluck.

    Saturday 10/20/2018 3:00-5:00 PM in the Wilson room on the first floor of Arlington Central Library (1015 North Quincy Street, Arlington, VA 22201)


    On the day after, we will be at our Alexandria location for a full day of practice (9am-3pm). See details for Investiture & Autumn Tendai Retreat Day.

    Questions? Please contact us.

  • Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 09:00 AM
    Yoga In Daily Life in Alexandria, VA

    Investiture & Autumn Tendai Retreat Day

    Great River Tendai Sangha invites you to a special event

    Sunday 10/21/2018

    Investiture Ceremony & Tendai Retreat Day

    In the morning, Rev. Monshin Naamon, abbot of our headquarters temple Karuna Tendai Dharma Center (Jiunzan Tendai-ji) based in upstate New York, will conduct an investiture ceremony to transition spiritual leadership of our local Sangha, Great River Tendai, from Rev. Junsen Nettles to Rev. Yusei Van.

    All guests are welcome to attend just the morning ceremonies; please let us know in advance if attending just part of the day or the full day.

    The retreat of Tendai Buddhist teachings will be led by Monshin sensei of Tendai Buddhist Institute, official North American representative of the Tendai School of Japanese Buddhism. The day will include service ritual, meditation, Dharma talks, and group discussion. If you can, stay after the end at 2pm to help with cleanup.

    Light breakfast food will be provided.
    For lunch, please bring vegetarian (without egg, dairy is fine) lunch for yourself and a small snack to share.

    Location - Upstairs studio of Yoga In Daily Life, 2402 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria VA

    Additional questions? Contact us

    Registration deadline: Friday, October 19th, 2018

    Suggested Donation for the Retreat - $60. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. All gifts are tax deductible and sustain the practice space for all who may come.

    After submitting your RSVP below, the online payment page will come up. You may also donate by cash or check at the event.

  • Sunday, April 07, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Dharma Talk Series Schedule (April 2018-2019)

    Here are the 3 current Dharma talk series as we alternate who leads the Sangha service on Sunday mornings. Check the calendar below to find out the topic for each Sunday scheduled.


    "Clearing Obscurations"

    Rev. Junsen Chris Nettles will continue the Dharma talk series on "Seeing Clearly: Shakyamuni to Science". We will examine and discuss engaging with what is in our environment and in the mind.


    "Foundational Teachings in Buddhism"

    Lay leader Kōsen Bill Pugh will lead a shikan mediation service once a month and present fundamental topics for beginners and practitioners of any level.


    "The Lotus Sutra"

    Rev. Yusei Lan Van will cover The Lotus Sutra starting April 2018 through 2019:

    We will start with prologue The Sutra of Innumerable Meanings.

    We will end with epilogue The Sutra of Meditation on the Bodhisattva Universal Virtue.

    Read the books for free! Download the PDF file or read online at the links below. You are welcome to attend without doing any reading as well.

    If you don't have time to look at different translations, read the ones published by BDK America:

    The Lotus Sutra BDK revised 2nd edition translation by Tsugunari Kubo and Akira Yuyama. Based on the Chinese translation by Kumarajiva.

    Tiantai Lotus Texts from BDK contains the other two Sutras.

    Other translations that can be helpful:

    The Threefold Lotus Sutra (all three Sutras) translations by Bunno Kato, Yoshiro Tamura, and Kojiro Miyasaka.

    While this version is less recommended, here is The Lotus Sutra translation by Burton Watson with added summaries, footnotes, and commentary by Rev. Shokai Kanai of Nichiren-shu whose teachings may differ from Tendai-shu/Tiantai. Please explore if curious.