Cambridge Buddhist Meditation Sangha
We are an outreach of the Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Greater New England located in Haverhill MA.
Please Join Us. Everyone is welcome.
Calendar of events
The Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of New England will be holding a Beginners retreat November 14, 2010. This retreat will be held in our Haverhill, MA location. For more information visit the Sangha web site.
For up to date reminders, information and updates about events please join the "Cambridge Buddhist Meditation" on meetup. Meetup is a free service which allows you to see current events and have reminders sent to you at your request. Click the link below to join our meet up.
The Democracy Center is located a few blocks from the Harvard T stop. On street metered parking is available around the center.
Note: What if the weather is in question?
In New England the weather can always be tricky. Winter is especailly questionable at times. If you feel unsafe coming out because of the weather, please stay home and perform your practice there. If there is a snow storm, flooding or some other weather that causes school closures in the area please consider this to mean that you should stay home instead of coming to service. If you are unsure please call Rev. Faulconer before the scheduled service time to see if there will be a service. Cancelations are put up on our Meetup pages.
Meditation services in the Nichiren Shu are called Shodaigyo. "Shodai" literally means chanting Odaimoku (The title of the Lotus Sutra) and "gyo" is practice. These services combine silent meditation with chanting. This is a very different practice from Sutra Chanting services (Daily Service). This service is usually a half hour on Wednesdays as it is a work/school night. During retreats Shodaigyo may be practiced in longer intervals.
Shodaigyo starts with the ringing of the bell. Our minds are already focusing and our bodies begin to relax. We bow in reverence and then sing a praise to the three treasures. We read a verse about the merits of the Odaimoku. This is followed by a short silent meditation to center us and void the mind of the days activities. After we are centered and calm we slowly begin to chant. The Odaimoku slowly becomes faster and more intense. At its peak we slow down quickly to a slow pace once again. The bell sounds and we finish our chanting. We sit silently to contemplate the Odaimoku and bring it into our lives. A dedication prayer is read by all, followed by the four Bodhisattva vows. We finish with a deep bow and the bell. At first when we first start practicing our minds do not want to calm down. Our mind fights the practice but through continued effort and practice we can calm our mind and become tranquil. We become more aware and mindful of our surroundings and situations. This can be very helpful in our daily life which so often throws us off of our center.
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