You are invited:
Venerable Jian Mao, a Buddhist nun at Dharma Jewel Monastery, will lead an interactive Zen meditation workshop at Emory University Cannon Chapel 106 on Friday Nov 3 at 5pm - 6:30pm. It will include a brief guided meditation, short talk, and time for Q&A. People of all backgrounds are welcome.
(This is a special addition to the usual Thursday 6pm guided meditation sessions every week with Emory Buddhist Club. All are welcome to come any week for those guided meditation too.)
Free parking is available after 4:46pm at Peavine Parking Lot, 27 Eagle Row, Atlanta GA, a short walk from Cannon Chapel on the main campus.
What is Zen?
We may try to describe it as a state of mind of calmness, stability, and clarity; free of delusions and confusions; a mind in accord with true Reality. It is not a dull mind, but one full of infinite potentials. Such a mind is the source of wisdom; it is a state of true liberation and joy. To achieve the Zen state of mind, proper meditation practice is very important. Meditation helps us to focus, calm down, become aware, and begin to see things as they are. A properly trained mind is one ready for Awakening.
Is Zen Buddhism a religion?
The Buddha's basic quest was to relieve all beings of suffering, and to attain true, lasting freedom or happiness. Along the way he realized that ultimate freedom is not possible without understanding the nature of life, death, and the mind. To understand all of this is enlightenment. So Buddhism is a teaching, a way of seeing the truth, and a practice to live a life of purity. Because it does deal with issues of life, death, after-death, and ultimate reality, it is considered a religion; however, it does not presume a creator, and it states that everyone has the potential to become a Buddha.
(Note: Emory Buddhist Club also meets for guided meditation every Thursday at 6pm in Cannon Chapel, either room 106 in the basement or the main sanctuary on the top floor.)
For more: www.AtlantaZen.org