When: Saturday, April 9, 2016, 10am – 12pm [Note: Prior to the Sutra Study, there will be sitting meditation from 9:30AM to 9:50AM.]
Where: Radnor Friends Meeting, 620 Conestoga Rd, Villanova, PA, United States (map)
Book: The Essentials of Buddhist Meditation: The essentials for Practicing Calming-and-Ins
Chapter Five, “Utilizing Skillful Means,” is the last (and shortest) of five introductory chapters establishing the foundations for the “Actual Cultivation” discussed at considerable length in Chapter Six. The five Skillful Means briefly discussed are: zeal, vigor, mindfulness, discernment and single-mindedness. Actual cultivation of calm and insight (zhiguan) is then presented in two major sections. The first deals with cultivation in the context of formal seated meditation. The second deals with practice “off the cushion,” in the course of everyday activities, with particular attention to the cultivation of both calm and insight as applied to the varieties of perceptual experience.
[Note: This Sutra Study program suits anyone whoever determines to learn the wisdom of the eminent monk Zhiyi (aka Chih-I, 538-597 CE) who founded the Tiantai (aka Tendai in Japanese) School in China. You may download on line now. However, please bring your own copy of the text. If not or even if you missed passed classed, please don’t worry and just come. Everything will unfold itself. ]
Led by David Carpenter & Zachary Brown