Zen Practices: Meditation Retreat with Ben Howard
April 21, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Olean Meditation Center
2275 Dugan Road, Olean, NY
Registration: $60 or donation
Lunch & morning refreshments provided
Ben Howard, Ph.D., is an honored poet, gifted Zen practitioner, and author of three books of essays on Buddhist-related themes. His appearances in Olean have been well-received. Zen has been called the “action of non-action.” Its central practice is zazen (seated meditation). Yet the Zen tradition also embraces many other practices, all of them designed to foster awakening. In this retreat, we will explore a variety of those practices, including susokkan (counting out-breaths), zuisokkan (watching the breath), chado (tea meditation), kinhin (walking meditation), bowing, chanting, loving-kindness meditation, and shikantaza (just sitting). We will also enjoy a silent, mindful meal together. Newcomers as well experienced practitioners are warmly encouraged to attend.