Nikki “meditation master” Dodd ’15 has planned yet another one of a kind event.
A Talk by Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei, Abbott of Zen Mountain Monastery:
“What Is Death if There Is No Self: A Zen Buddhist Perspective on Complete Freedom and Responsibility.”
Wesleyan Chapel, Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m. Free admission and open to the public.In spiritual practice there is a tension between security and mystery, a need to find stability in order to release our choke hold on reality. Yet without releasing that choke hold there is no liberation. Zen Buddhism and its perspective on the self shows us how we can let go of our defensiveness and in doing so we can also let go of our fear of death, others, and the unpredictability of our minds. Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei Ryushin Sensei is the abbot and resident teacher of Zen Mountain Monastery. Ryushin Sensei came to the dharma through Vipassana meditation, eventually shifting to Zen practice and taking Daido Roshi as his teacher in 1987. After a medical career that included pediatrics and psychiatry, he entered full-time residential training in 1992; he received dharma transmission from Daido Roshi in 2009.
Ryushin will meet and talk with students at 4pm in the Buddhist house meditation room. At 7:30pm He will deliver his lecture in the chapel. Ryushin is an excellent speaker and a great resource for those interested in, or curious about Zen Buddhism.
What: Open discussion with Ryushin followed by a death, freedom and selflessness Dharma talk
When: Monday, April 7th
Time: 4:00 pm for the informal chat, 7:30 pm for the lecture
Where: Buddhist house meditation room / Chapel