Sydney Tendai Dojo
Dengyo Daishi(Saicho), the founder of Tendai Buddhism in Japan, moved by the transiency of life, climbed Mt. Hiei in 788 building a small hut and carving a statue of Yakushi Nyorai (Medicine Buddha). This initial structure was designed as a simple retreat and must have been very humble indeed. Over time as his interest in Tendai Buddhism grew, he progressively built a library in which to house the sutra he had collected ,and a hall dedicated to Monjushiri bosatsu (Bodhisattva of wisdom).
We offer Buddhist services and Dharma lessons on Thursday and Sunday. Services begin at 11:15 and last for approximately 40 minutes. This is followed by Dharma lessons which usually wrap up at around 1:00. I am also available for private/small group services and classes for those who cannot make it at the aforementioned times.
We find ourselves at the end of a period of great affluence. A period where money and progress have reigned supreme. This period is in many ways showing signs of decline and we now find ourselves wondering how things before. Unfortunately it was precisely those other ways which we sacrificed in our pursuit of wealth and consumerism. Therefore, while we find ourselves in a world far wealthier materially than any human has in ages past, we are spiritually bankrupt. To clarify, we have depended for so long on these gods of fortune and progress, that for the most part we have severed our connections to those things which questioned them, presented us with other ends.
'That good son or good daughter, entering into the abode of the Tathagata, wearing the robe of the Tathagata, and sitting on the throne of the Tathagata, should then widely proclaim this sutra to the four groups. The abode of the Tathagata is the great compassionate heart within all living beings; the robe of the Tathagata is the gentle and forbearing heart; the throne of the Tathagata is the voidness of all laws.Established in these, then with unflagging mind to bodhisattvas and the four groups he will preach this Law Flower Sutra'. (Lotus Sutra).
Anyone interested in Tendai Buddhism is encouraged to contact Reverend Jikai Dehn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reverend Jikai Dehn.