Cleveland Buddhist Temple and Zen Shin Sangha

This profile was last updated in 2002

Research conducted by affiliates at Kent State University led by Dr. DavidDavid was the King of Israel (c. 1000 BCE) credited with uniting the many tribes of Israel into a centralized kingdom with Jerusalem as its capital. David is said to have planned for the Temple in Jerusalem, which was subsequently built by his son Solomon... W. Odell-Scott and Dr. Surinder M. Bhardwaj in 1999.

Activities and Schedule

MeditationMeditation is the disciplined practice of quieting and focusing the mind or cultivating the heart’s attention. Different meditation practices commend focusing attention on a word, a prayer, a form, or the breath as a way of practice. Meditation is commo... classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M., on Thursday from 6:00-7:15 A.M. and Sunday at 10:00 A.M. Also on Sunday is a monthly Memorial Service at 10: 30 A.M. The center’s festival celebrations include the Buddha’s Birthday on April 8th which attracts about 25 participants of American and Japanese American heritage. On December 8, Buddha’s EnlightenmentEnlightenment means awakening to or realizing the true nature of reality. The term is used with various nuances in the Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu traditions to express the spiritual awakening that is the goal of religious life. “The Enlightenment” also... is observed, which also brings in about 25 participants of American and Japanese American decent. In May there is Vesaka Day celebration with 100 American, Vietnamese, Chinese and Tibetan participants. About 25 American and Japanese American participants come for New Years Eve. Spring/Fall EquinoxThe equinoxes, which happen twice a year, are days when night and day are of equal duration. For many Pagans, these holidays signify balance. Although practices vary according to region and climate, many Pagans celebrate the birth of spring on March 21 (t... has 25 American and Japanese American participants, while Shonin Shinran’s Memorial Day has 15 Japanese American participants. The Biannual Animal Memorial Day draws a crowd of 30 participants. Workshops include meditation, yogaYoga is a Sanskrit word, deriving from a verb meaning “to yoke” or “to join.” Body and consciousness are joined together in the discipline of yoga. Yoga practice involves ethical restraints, the mastery of bodily postures (called asanas), the cont..., tai chi, and intensive 3-7 day meditationsMeditation is the disciplined practice of quieting and focusing the mind or cultivating the heart’s attention. Different meditation practices commend focusing attention on a word, a prayer, a form, or the breath as a way of practice. Meditation is commo.... A dharmaDharma means religion, religious duty, religious teaching. The word dharma comes from a Sanskrit root meaning “to uphold, support, bear,” thus dharma is that order of things which informs the whole world, from the laws of nature to the inner workings ... class for children is being revived and publications include the TempleA temple is a house of worship, a sacred space housing the deity or central symbol of the tradition. The Temple in Jerusalem was the holy place of the Jewish people until its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE; now the term “temple” is used by th. Ref... Bulletin and the Zen Shin Newsletter.

History

The beginnings of this temple are associated with Japanese-American Buddhists who re-settled in the area after being discharged from internment camps during 1943-1944. The Cleveland Young Buddhist Association was created in 1945.

Description of the Center

The center has a main floor temple with an altarAn altar is a raised platform or stand which bears the central symbols of a religious tradition—whether in a temple, church, shrine, or home—and at which offerings are made, worship is offered, or prayers are said., temple treasures, and book store. The center also has a basement, social hall, kitchen, restroom, library, and storage rooms. The old churchThe term church has come to wide use to refer to the organized and gathered religious community. In the Christian tradition, church refers to the organic, interdependent “body” of Christ’s followers, the community of Christians. Secondarily, church ... section houses a residence and office for the ministerMinister is a general term for a member of the clergy in the Christian church. The term has also come to use in other religious traditions to designate a member of the clergy (as in the Jodo Shinshu tradition and the Nation of Islam). or coordinator.