Chris­tian Zen at Lime Rock Bap­tist Church

Pawtucket Times - - FAITH -

LIN­COLN — The med­i­ta­tion group at Lime Rock Bap­tist Church presents an in­tro­duc­tion to the Zen tra­di­tion at its reg­u­lar meet­ing on Tues­day, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Lead­ing the cer­e­mony will be two lin­eage hold­ers from the Daystar Zendo, Sen­sei Cyn­thia Taberner and Fr. Kevin Hunt, Roshi, a Zen master and a Trap­pist Monk. Orig­i­nally or­ga­nized by the Pas­tor, Rev. Eu­gene Dys­zlewski, the med­i­ta­tion pro­gram al­ready has a dis­tinc­tive blend of Chris­tian and Bud­dhist el­e­ments.

Zen con­trib­utes a for­mat and view­point that emerges from Bud­dhism. It has deep roots go­ing back 2,500 years to In­dia. In it­self it is not a re­li­gion but a “way,” an ap­proach to the spir­i­tual path. Par­tic­i­pants will be en­cour­aged to ex­plore a va­ri­ety of meth­ods and styles of prac­tices. The spir­i­tual jour­ney is more about be­ing open to the world than be­long­ing to a club. Con­sis­tent with this un­der­stand­ing is the Bap­tist no­tion of “soul lib­erty” and the Chris­tian Monas­tic tra­di­tion that en­cour­ages each monk to dis­cover their own sense of “awe.” The con­tem­pla­tive tra­di­tions of Chris­tian­ity and Bud­dhism rec­og­nize that var­i­ous and dif­fer­ent means are needed to as­sist as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble on the com­mon jour­ney through life.

“We are de­lighted to be able to take this step,” re­marked Rev. Dys­zlewski. “Zen of­fers an es­tab­lished struc­ture and brings us to a new level of ma­tu­rity, in our con­tem­pla­tive prac­tice.”

The ses­sion will in­clude a sit­ting med­i­ta­tion, a walk­ing med­i­ta­tion and a dharma teach­ing/dis­cus­sion. There is no cost associated with this pro­gram. As an ex­pres­sion of gen­eros­ity, par­tic­i­pants are in­vited to bring a non-non-per­ish­able item for the food bank, if they so choose. All are wel­come.

Ses­sions will be held at Lime Rock Bap­tist Church, 1075 Great Rd., Lin­coln. For more, visit lr­ or con­tact Rev. Gene Dys­zlewski at edys­ or 401-345-7291.

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