Tendai Buddhist Sangha of Australia
Affiliate of The Hawaii Tendai Institute's
Pan Pacific Sangha
Bringing the Lotus to Australia
 
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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).


I, Jikai Dehn, welcome you to the Sydney Tendai Dojo! As you can see, our Dojo is a humble one. It is a converted garage that is ferociously cold in the winter, and quite warm in the summer. Just like Dengyo Daishi, we have started small, and hope like he did, to build upon this base as time goes on.
 


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 offer instruction in Buddhist teachings and practices as developed over Tendai's 1200 years in Japan, 1500 year history in China, and the 2500 year history of Buddhism in India. These practices include Shikan Meditation (Samatha Vipassyana), Sutra copying (Shakyo), Sutra recitation, and devotional practices to name a few.With the help of interested individuals like yourself, we hope, to build a strong and stable sangha that will lay the foundation for an Australian Tendai history.
 


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.


Fortunately those traditions which provide us with other options still remain. They have, stood the test of time and are now experiencing tremendous growth, as more become disaffected with the rat race. I believe that Tendai Buddhism is one such tradition, and it is my hope that others might find solace in it too. The teachings of the Buddha remain as pertinent now as they were 2500 years ago. Like the Buddha, Tendai Daishi, and Dengyo Daishi before us, we find ourselves in a period of uncertainty. These men responded in a certain way to these challenges and by doing so, have helped myriads of beings find peace. We also must decide, and our decisions may reach into the future with great significance. My sincere hope is that you decide to join us in our vow to end not just our own suffering, but the suffering of myriad others as well. And that we might together read, recite and teach the wisdom of The Lotus Sutra to all.
 


'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 jikai.tendaiau@gmail.com.


Gassho,

Reverend Jikai Dehn.