A Meditation Practice in Japanese Rinzai Zen, CC 10/20

With Masaki Matsubara
in the Buddha Hall

  Saturday, October 20, 1 – 4 pm

Cultivation of Zen meditation involves (1) awareness of the mind and senses (visual, auditory, olfactory, taste, touch); (2) dissolving the usual structures of ego; and (3) a relationship in space to people and objects, including body/mind/thoughts. Meditation has been developed as an art form to cultivate this nuanced awareness and the sense of being here and now with yourself and others.

Meditation helps in controlling emotions, elevates degrees of self-awareness/recognition, and cultivates the awareness of being in the present. Cultivating this awareness of being here and now, sharpening attention and connectivity, and nurturing empathy and compassion, this approach to meditation explores calm union with fellow human beings and further cultivates the notion of a moral imperative embedded within sensory experience, as we open to the present moment and we naturally become more aware and thus more compassionate.

Each moment is a unique moment in our lives, and meditation enables us to practice this insight: One Moment, One Meeting ("ichi go, ichi e" in Japanese). It teaches us that no matter how many times the same members may work together and no matter how many times they may work at the same places, today's meeting can never be repeated and, therefore, it is the moment of the one and only meeting in your lifetime. The practice of meditation teaches this insight to us. Be still.

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