Meditation in Japanese Rinzai Zen, CC 11/19

With Rev. Dr. Masaki Matsubara
in the City Center Buddha Hall

  Saturday, November 19, 2016, 1 – 3 pm

Cultivation of mindfulness involves (1) awareness of the mind and senses (visual, auditory, olfactory, taste, touch); (2) dissolving the usual structures of ego; and (3) 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. 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 elements may work together and no matter how many times they may meet at the same places to create a moment, today's meeting can never be repeated and, therefore, it is the moment of this one and only meeting in your lifetime. The practice of meditation teaches this insight. Be still.

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