Dishes, sweeping, raking,
Is there no end to this practice?
teaching reminds us that Dharma practice is not something we do in a closed
room at a defined time. Practicing the Dharma occurs with every breath
and through every action. At Red Maple we promote both formal
and informal practice.
zendo (practice hall) provides space and materials for those who wishes
to engage in formal practice in an authentic and continuing sangha,(Buddhist
congregation). While we emphasize the Tendai style, we encourage each
participant to decide what type of practice is appropriate to them.
formal RMS Dharma Practice sessions use forms based on traditional
Tendai Buddhist forms, modified to harmonize with our practice spaces,
the experience of practitoners and which provide consistency, dignity
and formality to practice periods.Our forms are taught during the Entering
the Dharma Path workshop or in a private introduction provided
by Innen doshu
practice sessions include rounds of alternate sitting and walking, and
followed by a general discussion and occasional presentations by Innen.
The Practice Hall is arranged in traditional style of rows, facing out.
Cushions, mats and benches are available, but practitioners are welcome
to bring their own as well. Chairs can be used as necessary.
We prefer newcomers contact us in advance. Those dropping-in may be asked
to sit as observers for their first session.
ALL Practice sessions start at 9.00 AM at the named site. In pembroke,
we usually need to manage the door, which we do until 9.00. We regret
that late arrivers may be unable to enter.
practice follows this monthly cycle:
1: Walking the Way (Red Maple, Renfrew)
practice composed of a 20 minute round of sitting meditation, followed
by a second 20 minutes of a walking practice, outdoors, where possible
and concluded with a beginner-level discussion.
2: Beginner's Mind (Heart of Whitewater, Pembroke)
A practice composed of two 20 minute rounds of sitting meditation, divided
by 10 minutes of walking practice and concluded with a beginner-level
These sessions are ideal for those new to practice and those who want
to develop their understanding of Buddhadharma.
3: Rededication Saturday (Red Maple, Renfrew)
On the 3rd Saturday, our a monthly gathering of all our members and friends,
combines formal Buddhist rededication service
is usually held on the 3rd Saturday of the month. A theme
is set for the program and this is explored in a dharma talk. Practice
includes a formal Tendai repentance service, chanting, walking, sitting
and a Dharma talk.
the months of January (New Year), May (Vesak), September (RMS Anniversary)
and November (Annual Memorial) we retire to the house for a vegetarian
brunch following the service. In the other 8 months, we remain in the
zendo and hold an oryoki (mindful eating) practice.
and new friends, observer guests and friends are welcome to either or
both parts of the event.
4: Contemplative Walking (Heart of Whitewater, Pembroke)
takes the form of a a short set of qi-gong/ eight Pieces of Brocade, 10
minutes of indoor walking, 10 minutes of sitting and an extended walking
exercise, in or outdoors.
help us maintain a suitable quality of attention and dignity in the Practice
Hall, please observe a certain formality of dress. This means dark (preferably
black) below the waist and light (preferably white) above. Clothes with
images, text, logos or extreme patterns are a distraction during practice
and should be avoided. Socks (preferably white or plain light) are preferred,
and during winter, very desirable.
ask you to avoid strong scents and elaborate jewelry. You may wear practice
jackets, such as gi or jubon; mala or nenju (meditation
beads) and, for those who have taken formal refuge, a kesa, as
authorised by their teacher.
items, such as bags and water bottles can be safely left outside the Zendo
or in the house.
on the season, practitioners may like to wear extra sweaters or shawls.
In warm weather we ask all to refrain from shorts, tank-tops and such
the public parts of Mahasangha in the dining room, visitors and guests
sharing brunch need not make any special clothing adjustments.
RMS is a lay sangha open to all, and the home sangha for Tendai
Canada. We have no resident teacher, although we benefit from the experience
and knowledge of sangha-founder, Innen doshu. Some members will
have taken precepts (jukai) with and be students of Monshin sensei, the
founder of North American Tendai, or other teachers. Many participants
have valuable prior experience.
Founder Rev. Innen Parchelo provides leadership
in practice and introductory dharma instruction to individuals and the
sangha, as a whole. We encourage open discussion of perspectives
and practice experience with each other.
practicing forms taught by a previous or distant teacher or drawn from
a non-Buddhist tradition are welcome to attend the RMS practices,
provided their practice harmonizes with the practice of the RMS
more questions related to practice
read our Position
on Teachers and Traditions