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May 2022 Newsletter

Dear Sangha,Over the past several weeks it has been a joy to return again to in-person practice and to our full daily service (gongyo) and meditation each week. Tendai is a form of temple Buddhism, and within that model there is a recognition that the physical space...

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March 2022 Newsletter

Dear Sangha,Over the past several days I’ve experienced disbelief, deep sadness, fear, anger, and worry as I’ve watched the Russian military invade Ukraine. I’ve seen images of families spending the night in subway stations to avoid the bombings. I’ve seen photos of...

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January 2022 Newsletter

Dear Sangha,In recent weeks I’ve heard several different people speak to the importance of embracing the deep quiet of winter in the northern hemisphere. The colder weather and shorter days invite us to slow down, to burrow deeper, to sleep more. When we listen to...

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December 2021 Newsletter

Dear Sangha, On December 8 each year we celebrate Bodhi Day (Shaka Jodo-e in Japan) to mark the awakening of Shakyamuni Buddha. The stories associated with the Buddha’s awakening inspire us with his extraordinary energy in practice.  He sat through an entire night (or...

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November 2021 Newsletter

I’ve been following the news from the COP26 climate summit over the past few days, starting with U.N. General Secretary António Guterres’ warning that “we are digging our own graves,” and that in the best case scenario, temperatures will rise well above 2 degrees celsius by the end of the century.

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