What we're about

Winding Path Sangha is a Tendai Buddhist community offering teachings and practices to develop wisdom, compassion, and mindfulness. Located in Springfield, MA, our community gathers weekly to support each other in meditation, mindfulness, and other Buddhist practices. Winding Path Sangha is a branch of the Tendai Buddhist Institute, North America's official representative of the Tendai School of Buddhism.

We offer programs for those who have been practicing for years and those who are brand new to Buddhism or meditation.

Upcoming events (4+)

Sangha Community Night--Virtual

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Winding Path Sangha meets every Monday evening for a talk or discussion followed and a period of practice. On Sangha Community Night we gather for a conversation about how Buddhist ethics apply in daily life. Sangha Community Night is open to sangha members and to guests who would like to start attending our sangha more regularly.

NOTE: As we shift to offer more opportunities for in-person gathering, we may be adjusting the start time of this even. Check for updates as we get closer to the date.

The Power of Jizo Bodhisattva

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Jizo Bodhisattva, a manifestation of compassion, can be a source of comfort in times of loss or grief, especially the loss of children. This evening's talk will offer some stories and practices associated with this important bodhisattva.

The teaching and discussion will be followed by a period of meditation and concluding chanting practices.

People with all levels of experience or inexperience with Buddhist teachings and practices are welcome to join this class. Winding Path Sangha meets every Monday evening at this time for Buddhist teachings and practices. New people are invited to visit us any time.

NOTE: As we shift to offer more opportunities for in-person gathering, we may be adjusting the start time of this even. Check for updates as we get closer to the date.

Lotus Sutra Study Group

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Winding Path Sangha meets every Monday evening for a talk or discussion followed by a practice period. The first Monday of the month is focused on a sutra study.

Tonight's Topic
We are currently studying and discussing The Lotus Sutra little by little each month. This month we will be examining Chapter 16: "The Lifespan of the Thus Come One." It is recommended but not required to read the chapter before our meeting. You are definitely welcome to join us even if you haven’t done the reading.

The evening opens with a talk and discussion focused on the chapter and is followed a period of meditation. We conclude by sharing joys and concerns and reciting the concluding practices.

People with all levels of experience or inexperience with Buddhist teachings and practices are welcome to join this class. New people are invited to visit us any time.

NOTE: As we shift to offer more opportunities for in-person gathering, we may be adjusting the start time of this even. Check for updates as we get closer to the date.

Tendai Morning Service and Meditation--In Person

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This is an opportunity to practice in person with our sangha. The daily service and meditation is an opportunity to engage the body, speech, and mind in practices that foster awakening. The service is open to those with all levels of experience with Buddhism, whether you've been practicing for years or are just curious to learn more. Please RSVP in advance.

Here's the flow of the morning:
9:00-9:20 Sangha Discussion
9:20-9:35 Tendai Daily Service
9:35-10:30 Two full periods of seated meditation with a brief standing meditation
10:30-10:45 Brief dharma talk and concluding services
10:45-11:00 Optional social time with sangha members

Note: we will follow the latest CDC guidelines for indoor gatherings.

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Indian Buddhism After Shakyamuni

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