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Our Programs and Services

We are currently offering a mix of in-person, hybrid, and virutal programs. Specific information about all events is listed on our Events page. You are welcome to join us in person at our location in Springfield or sign up for our mailing list to receive the links to join online.

Weekly Service

Mondays @ 6:00Pm

Our weekly service offers the gongyo (a short chanting practice) and meditation followed by a talk and discussion. Discussion topics follow this general flow–>

1st Monday: Lotus Sutra Study Group;

2nd Monday: Buddhism in Daily Life;

3rd Monday: Sangha Community Night;

4th Monday: History and Philosophy of Buddhism.

Introduction to the Path

Four times per year, check the events page

This workshop is a great opportunity to GET STARTED with a meditation practice, to learn a bit more about Tendai Buddhism, or to get connected with our Sangha. Ryushin and Shingaku will offer a general overview of the how and why behind our teachings and practices and will tailor this intro to the needs of the group. Bring your questions or just your curiosity.

 

Monthly Service

Second Saturdays @ 9:00am

Each month we offer a special Saturday morning chanting and meditation service that follows the flow of the seasons. The meeting starts an overview of the service we’ll be chanting. We then move into the hondo (meditation area) for a 20 minute chanting practice followed by 45 minutes of shikan meditation. After a dharma talk and concluding practices, there is a potluck brunch and time to meet other sangha members. This service is usually the second Saturday of the month, but sometimes happens on a different day to align with Buddhist holidays. Please check the event page before coming.

 

Retreats

Varied

We offer a few one-day in-person retreats during the year. We also occassionally offer Practice Intensives where the temple will be open for additional hours and practices.

Family-Friendly Service

First Sunday of the Month, 9:00-11:00AM
Starting January 1, 2023

The Family-Friendly Service is an opportunity to learn some meditation and mindfulness practices together as a family. The time is split up into short blocks of meditation time interspersed with sharing, discussion and a snack. Rather than being geared toward children, this service is meant to bring the whole family together in practice. It is might be suitable for people age 5 and older, but this really varies person to person. This service can also be a good introduction to meditation for grown people who have a hard time sitting still for longer blocks of time. 

Book Club

Next Book Club Starting in 2023

Our most recent book club read Love and Rage: The Path of Liberation Through Anger by Lama Rod Owens. We’ll be starting up a new book, day, and time in 2023. 

Additional Services

By Appointment

Reverends Shingaku or Ryusin can support you with: practice guidance interviews, help with home altars, wedding and commitment ceremonies, house blessings, funerals and memorial services.

 

Next Steps

Lots of Ways to Get Involved.

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