Sunday Public Meditation Services
Sunday Morning Meditation Service
The Sunday 10 to 11:30 a.m. Please try to come a little before 10 so that you have time for stretching or tea. Meditation Service consists of two 25-minute sittings, chanting and a Dharma Talk. Sitting begins at 10:00, and between the two sittings everyone stands for chanting and a short recitation. You can sit on a mat and cushion or a chair, whichever is more comfortable. After the second sitting, the teachers (sometimes a Dharma student or a senior temple member) give a Dharma talk, makes announcements, and then we have a social time with tea. Please make a donation to practice generosity and help the temple ($5 donation suggested).
Sunday Afternoon Dharma Service
The Sunday 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dharma Service consists of chanting and singing as well as sitting in meditation. It's more verbal and its atmosphere is quite different from the morning service, so try at least one of each. At the end of the Dharma service the teachers take questions, so if you're a student working on a paper or are just curious about anything from who's on the altar to the Buddhist response to crisis, this is the service to attend. Please make a donation to practice generosity and help the temple ($5 donation suggested).
Sunday Children's Service
The Chicago temple holds Children's Service every Sunday 10 am. The Toronto temple on the LAST Sunday at 10:30 am. The Ann Arbor temple holds Family Service (adults and children of all ages) as well as Children's Service. Please check the Ann Arbor page for schedule. The children do simple yoga, a little meditation, and (if they're old enough) light candles and incense on the altar.
A Note About Attire
Wear loose-fitting clothing, something that will let you stretch and be comfortable. If possible, avoid bright colors and text ―shirts with logos and writing can be distracting to a quiet, peaceful atmosphere. We ask that you remove your shoes at the door. During cold months, please wear in layers.