Author: Adrienne Boudreau
Old age, sickness and death. What most of us see as a depressing trio of life situations, the Buffalo Zen Dharma Community would like people to look at with peace and ease.
Next week the group will offer an extended weekend of teachings “Celebrating Impermanence” from Sensei Konrad Ryushin Marchaj from the Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery.
Workshops, lectures and meditation lessons are all on the schedule from May 15-18. Although the group is based in Buffalo at Westminster Presbyterian Church, the events will all be held in the town of Tonawanda at the Episcopal Diocese of WNY Ministry Center at 1064 Brighton Road.
In addition to the “Celebrating Impermanence” lecture series, which focuses on old age, sickness and death as part of finding freedom and true happiness, the Buffalo Zen Dharma Community will offer a unique workshop called Waking Up Together: Intimate Relationships as a Path of Practice on Friday, May 16 from 2 – 5 p.m. This workshop will examine intimate relationships on a spiritual level. How relationships help people find security and identity, as well as how people can support each other in their spiritual ways will be addressed by the Sensei.
The introductory course on Saturday May 17, from 9 – 11:30 am will cover this style of meditation history and provide detailed instruction from an accomplished Zen teacher. This workshop is not just for beginners but is also encouraged for anyone with any level of experience to come and take advantage of the Sensei’s expertise.
This is Ryushin Sensei’s eighth visit to Buffalo since his first visit here in 2006. A graduate of Yale University, Albany Medical School and a veteran of the US Navy, Sensei is a native of Poland currently living at the Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery in the Catskill Mountains.
The event is co-promoted by Hospice Buffalo and a portion of the suggested donations for each event will go towards them.
“The Buffalo Zen Dharma Community would like to acknowledge the work of Hospice Buffalo, whose mission, not unlike our own, involves helping others to live fully and easing their suffering,” the group said, according to their website.
For more information, workshops times and suggested donations, click here.
If you’re not sure what Zen Dhamra Buddhism is all about, and would like to learn more about it, there is an introduction workshop to Zazen (the type of meditation practiced by Buffalo Zen Dharma Community) every Tuesday evening at Westminster Presbyterian – 724 Delaware Avenue.
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Buffalo Zen Dharma Community | 724 Delaware Avenue | Buffalo, New York 14209 | (716) 206-9992