A Path Through Red Maples
A Path Through Red Maples
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A Path Through Red Maples

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A Path Through Red Maples: The Arrival of Tendai Buddhism in Canada

Innen Ray Parchelo

6.14 x 9.21, 272 pages, illustrated

ISBN 9781896559612

Available May 2020

A Path Through Red Maples follows the emergence and growth in Canada of Tendai-shu, a newly-arrived Buddhist tradition in 2010. Rather than a once-removed historical summary, the book uses the talks, articles and presentations that appeared between 2005 and 2018 as part of the formative activities of the Red Maple Sangha in Eastern Ontario, north-west of Ottawa. between 2002-2010. Then, it shows how the group transformed into The Red Maple Tendai Sangha (RMTS), through an established relationship with international Tendai and the Tendai Buddhist Institute in the USA. 

We focus on several facets of these events in the form of: an introduction to Japanese Buddhism; a brief Introduction to Tendai-shu; works delivered directly to the Red Maple Tendai Sangha; presentations to the wider public across Eastern Ontario; applications to professional therapeutic practice; and reading lists.

The RMTS has always been an active literary community, using live talks, seminars and podcasts to provide a wide range of learning opportunities for its members. What appears here represents about half of what was generated in these years. Part of our teaching approach at RMTS has been to encourage sangha members and friends to share their views as well. Therefore, several of these inclusions are co-authored with other contributors.

CONTENTS

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION

A Path Emerges

1 Buddhism in a Bowl: A Gourmet’s Guide to Japanese Buddhism

2 A Very Brief Introduction to Tendai-Shu

PART TWO: SANGHA FOUNDATIONS

1 Get Behind the Wheel

2 Planting the Maple Sangha

3 The Story of the Red Maple Sangha

PART THREE: TALKS FOR THE SANGHA

1 Walking the Path of This Moment

2 Introducing the Dhammapada

3 The First Precept

4 The Second Precept

5 The Third Precept

6 The Fourth Precept

7 The Fifth Precept

8 The Fifth and Sixth Precepts

9 The Seventh Precept

10 The Eighth Precept

11 The Eighth Precept 2

12 The Lotus Sutra Talks

13 The Visualization Sutra

14 Bodhisattvas

15 Christian-Buddhist Inter-faith Dialogues

PART FOUR: PRESENTATIONS FOR THE COMMUNITY

1 Your Golden Life: Refining What You Find into What You Want

2 Two Talks to the Unitarian Fellowship

3 Ask the Religion Experts Series

PART FIVE: CLINICAL APPLICATIONS

1 The Transformation Cycle

2 Steps Beyond the Cushion

Conclusions From the Path

APPENDICES

A Sangha Leader’s Biography

Glossary

Bibliography

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Innen Ray Parchelo has studied, taught and practiced Buddhism for more than 40 years and acts as both the Priest to the Red Maple Sangha and Director of Tendai Canada. He began his formal dharma practice in 1974 and has been a member of several Buddhist centres, first taking refuge in 1994. In 2008, he renewed his refuge-vows as a student of Ven. Monshin Paul Naamon, and, in 2010, was ordained a Tendai priest.

He also the author of Walk Like a Mountain: The Handbook of Buddhist Walking Practice, Sumeru 2012.


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