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Tendai Canada

Tendai Canada
1224 Pembroke Street East
Pembroke, ON
K8A 7R9


Resident teacher: Innen Ray Parchelo, ordained priest

Alternate contact: Kanzan Don Purchase,

Lineage: My teacher is Ven. Monshin Paul Naamon; his teacher is Ven. Shoshin Ichishima; both are lineage holders, authorized by Tendai-shu from Enryaku-ji Temple, the Head Temple of Tendai-shu.

Practices: Chanting sutras, chanting mantras, circumambulation, commentary study, dana to sangha, discussion groups, flower arranging, meditation, painting, physical labour, precepts/ordination, prostrations, retreats, short-term precepts, singing hymns, sutra study, esoteric/ritual: ‘padankha-yoga’ (foot practices, – kinhin, kaihogyo, kokorodo, etc.), sutra copying
Meditation: Altruism (tonglen, etc.), breaths (counting, noticing), calming (shamatha), chi kung, deity sadhana, insight (vipassana), just sitting (shikantaza), mudra, visualization, walking, zazen

Public Activities: Rotating schedule of Saturday events; 3rd Saturday is a formal repentance service, with Dharma talk and Sangha brunch; “Buddha Cafe” – weekly dharma study and monthly film night. Occasional retreats, pilgrimage walks or training seminars.

Other activities and initiatives: Monthly newsletter, “Mokugyo”; contributor to weekly religion column in Ottawa Citizen (Ask The Religion Experts).

Affiliated with: We are the Canadian affiliate centre for Tendai International, the representative body for Tendai-shu outside of Japan.

Languages: English, French

Updated: September 4, 2014