Zen Night With Ajahn Bonnie & Ajahn Gloria
Meditation, Teaching & Sharing
THIS IS A SPECIAL DONATION ONLY CLASS AND FUND RAISER FOR HAE KWANG SUNIMS BO KWANG ZEN CENTRE & UNITY CHURCH. All Are Welcome!
**Please come 15-20 minutes early for Tea & Zazen Instructions
if it's your first time attending.
This class provides an excellent way to examine your inner self and to grow spiritually.
**Includes Two twenty-five minute Zazen sittings interspersed with a short walking meditation followed by a Zen teaching, group sharing and tea.
We will start with some light Tao In exercises to open Sen Lines at 7:00 p.m. (optional). Meditation starts at 7:15 p.m.
You can also arrive at 7:45 p.m. and join in the walking meditation and second sitting. Please enter quietly and join in. ALL ARE WELCOME!
Note: We also have sitting nights with 20 minute meditations and our Sunday program with 15 minutes of meditation and the Pon Klie (Bad Stress Out) Whole Body Segment.
Its true... you can use Zazen meditation to untie unhealthy inner knots and rewire the neural pathways — to change your brain.Zazen has helped countless numbers of people to heal painful experiences and to become free from the inner pull of negative memories. Regular practice can also add more peace to your life, and will certainly enhance the quality of life: Zen Meditation holds a key to a life of balance, inner freedom, and joy - but that is just the beginning.
The Mayo Clinic reports that "a growing body of scientific research is supporting the health benefits of meditation. The article also states that medical conditions such as allergies, anxiety, cancer, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, pain and substance abuse may benefit from meditation. Researchers at the Harvard Medical School found that meditation activates the sections of the brain that regulate the autonomic nervous system, the monitor for involuntary processes like blood pressure and digestion.Meditation can be an excellent tool for moderating the effects of stress on the body. It may be helpful for both routine anxiety and more disabling anxiety issues.
Zen Mindfulness meditation allows you to focus your attention on your experience in the moment and in time it “calms the waters”. Regular meditation can be a valuable part of stress management to help reduce overall anxiety. Relaxed deep breathing allows you to take in more oxygen.
But that is not the main benefit of Zazen:
The reason Zazen is practiced by so many people is because it is very effective at helping one become free from limitingperspectives, and become more intimate with their own boundless, awakened awareness. Zazen helps you to transcend the limiting, judgmental “Small Mind” and to experience the magnitude and beauty of who you already are -Your True “Unconditioned” Self.
Meditating in a Group
Meditation in a group provides the support and security of a group and a teacher. This can help you stay committed to your practice. A set meeting time helps to clear space in your schedule for meditation. Even though the experience of meditation is solitary, a community can offer comfort. The awareness meditation brings can be liberating and transformative. A meditation group can offer the resources of more experienced practitioners and a teacher to provide context and ongoing instructions.
Join our growing 'mindfulness' community and become a student of Meditation and Zen and learn the inner art of liberation. This group meets regularly through the month.
Zen Practice and Our Original Nature
The enso, or Zen circle, demonstrates the intimate heart of Zen, illustrating how the spiritual journey is actually already complete no matter where you begin. From this perspective, Zen practice is not so much about learning something new, but simply returning to the wisdom and essence that you originally possess: your True Self.
Through clear instruction in Zazen meditation, and group sharing you learn to let go of that which is binding and start to return back to your own original essence and profundity, a depth that is always with you in the richness of this very moment.
Join our growing group of Meditators and Zen Practitioners. Everyone is welcome.