Interspiritual Practice of Zen and Christianity (online)
July 24, 2021
This experiential workshop will instruct and engage participants in Zen meditation as a contemplative prayer form that helps you open to God’s presence here and now, beyond words and concepts. Zen practice will be presented as a way to love God with your whole heart, soul, mind, and strength by helping you develop the discipline to show up each day to spend quality time with God, undistracted by thoughts, concepts, theories, images, and daydreams.
Sitting and walking meditation will be explored as ways to harmonize body and mind, experience deep silence, and open to the inconceivable God who is beyond anything we can think or imagine. We will relate Zen insights to the nondual teachings of Jesus – for example, “that they may be one as we are one” (John 17:20) – and to the Apostle Paul’s urging to pray without ceasing. We will discuss how Zen practice allows you to uncover and experience the underlying oneness of life, which empowers compassionate action to care for self, others, the great earth, and all beings.
Ellen Birx is an authorized Zen teacher and Dharma successor of Roshi Robert Kennedy, SJ. She holds a PhD in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin and is Professor Emerita at Radford University. She is the author of several books including Selfless Love (Wisdom, 2014)…
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