Dr. Jimmy Yu (Guo GU) will be giving a lecture on The Art of Zen and Stress Reduction.
Dr. Jimmy Yu, who received his Ph.D. from Princeton and teaches at Florida State University, is not only a scholar of Buddhism but is also a highly qualified Zen teacher with 30 years of practice experience. He received formal monastic training and had been teaching Zen independently since 1995.
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More detailed Bio:
Guo Gu is one of Late Master Sheng Yen's senior and closest disciples, and assisted the master in leading activities at the Chan Meditation Center, Dharma Drum Retreat Center, and Dharma Drum Mountain in Taiwan, and other parts of Europe and Asia. (Dharma Drum Mountain, based in Taiwan, is a global Zen/Chan Buddhist organization)
Guo Gu first learned meditation when he was four years old in 1972. He studied with one of the most respected Chinese meditation masters and ascetics living in Taiwan, Master Guangqin [masked]). In 1981, due to his family's relocation, Guo Gu moved to the United States.
In 1982, he began learning meditation from Master Sheng Yen, who was residing in New York at the time. Beginning in 1989, Guo Gu began to attend intensive Chan retreats with him. After the first retreat Master Sheng Yen gave him the Dharma name, Guo Gu, which means, "results from being the valley." In 1991, after college, Guo Gu was ordained as a monk and became the Sheng Yen's first personal attendant who traveled with the master. In 1995, he received inka (the seal of approval) for his first Chan experience, and was given permission by the master to teach Chan independently. He has subsequently received several affirmations of his experience in 1996, 1997, and 2007. In a chance meeting in June 2007 his experience was verified by the Rinzai Zen master, Roshi Noritake Shunan, of the Myoshin-ji Zen lineage.
In 2000, Guo Gu left monasticism and re-entered the world. In 2008, he received his Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Princeton University and began teaching Buddhism and East Asian religions academically as an Assistant Professor at Florida State University. In 2009, he founded the Tallahassee Chan Group. He is the guiding teacher for the Western Dharma Teachers Training course at the Chan Meditation Center in New York and the Dharma Drum Lineage.
Additionally, Professor Jimmy Yu has translated numerous Buddhist books, contributed to many publications, and authored The Essence of Chan, A Practical Guide to Life and Practice according to the Teachings of Bodhidharma published in Shambala Publications.