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Buddhist "Sangha" opens in Indian Lake

INDIAN LAKE Seishin Jack Fitterer and Taff Fitterer are establishing the Celestial Drum Tendai Buddhist Sangha in Indian Lake to offer the opportunity for Buddhist practitioners and those interested in investigating practice to come together to study and practice the Buddhas teachings on a ongoing basis.

The group meets each Thursday evening for discussion of Buddhadharma, chanting, meditation and fellowship. The Buddhas teachings provide roadmaps to awakening and its manifestation in our daily lives expressing compassion and wisdom.

Sangha, a community of people who come together to practice with one another, has traditionally been considered a vital part of the Buddhist path. A solitary practice is difficult to maintain, and it is difficult to find ones way through the great variety of methods unaided.

Tendai is a syncretic school of Buddhism, originally formed in 6th century China to harmonize all the various teachings and practices of Shakyamuni Buddha. It was introduced into Japan a few hundred years later where it became the root school out of which later grew the Zen and Pure Land schools. Today Tendai offers practices in addition to meditation, including art, pilgrimage, ritual, study, devotional and service to the community, among others.

Seishin Jack Fitterer is an ordained Tendai Buddhist priest. He has been practicing in the Zen and Tendai traditions for over 30 years, since 1995 at the Tendai Buddhist Institute in Canaan, N.Y. (See www.tendai.org for more information on Tendai Buddhism, the Tendai Buddhist Institute, and other affiliated Sanghas.) He led Higashi Tendai Buddhist Sangha in Great Barrington, Mass., from 1998 to 2002. Last summer he offered a series on Tendai Buddhist meditation at the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.

Meetings take place in Indian Lake. Introductory instruction in basic meditation will be offered newcomers at 6:15 p.m. Dharma talk and discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. The meditation service, including both chanting and meditation will be from 7 to 8 p.m.

Those interested are invited you to join in for tea, cookies and friendly conversation after the service.

Meditations will be held on Thursdays, July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. The fall schedule will be announced in August. For more information or for directions, email Jack at fitterer@acmenet.net or call 518-648-6494.

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