Yusei and Junsen will be doing a separate series for their Dharma talks as they lead the service on alternating Sundays. Lay leader Kosen Bill Pugh will lead shikan service when they are away on March 25th, Spring O-higan.
"The Lotus Sutra"
Yusei will cover The Lotus Sutra starting April 1st. The books can be downloaded for free in PDF file format:
The Lotus Sutra, BDK's revised 2nd edition translated by Kubo & Yayama
Tiantai Lotus Texts is the companion book
The Threefold Lotus Sutra translation by Bunno Kato may be helpful as well
Junsen will continue the Dharma talk series on "Seeing Clearly: Shakyamuni to Science" on April 15th.
We will NOT meet at Yoga in Daily Life, Alexandria on Sunday 4/8/2018. We will visit the Nipponzan Myohoji temple in DC instead. We can coordinate rides if needed.
Celebration of Shakyamuni Buddha's Birthday in Japan is called Hanamatsuri, the "Flower Festival". It is observed every year on April 8th.
Our hosts are a Nichiren-based order. They will be in town as part of their annual Walk for a New Spring Peace Walk and will conduct the Buddha's Birthday service. We will get to practice and socialize with their Massachusetts Sangha members as well as meet monks of a Japanese tradition that also reveres The Lotus Sutra.
If you plan to stay for lunch, please bring some food to share if you can.
Please RSVP at this link, especially if you want to get a ride or can give one: https://goo.gl/forms/ewswpGktDbmT28rE3
Gyodo is a Japanese term referring to a wide variety of walking meditation practices, often while chanting mantras or sutras. During this day of practice, we will be hiking unpaved forest trails just a few miles beyond the Washington, DC Beltway. The set of trails is laid out in the form of a mandala honoring the Five Wisdom Buddhas (Godai Nyorai).
The day will include hiking approximately 4 miles of moderately difficult trails, visiting stupas, and practices of guided meditation & mantras centering on the Godai Nyorai.
Please bring a vegetarian lunch for yourself and a small snack to share. A light vegetarian breakfast will be provided before service.
We will carpool and meet in the parking lot of KPC for an introduction before crossing the street to the Peace Park. If you need a ride to the event location, please contact us with your address, email, and phone number so we can make arrangements.
RSVP by clicking the link below. Space is limited to 8 participants.
Suggested donation: $75. No one will be turned away due to an inability to pay.
One-third of the donations collected will be shared to the Kunzang Palyul Choling Stupa Peace Park.
After submitting your RSVP, you will be directed to the payment page.
You may also donate by cash or check on the day of the event.