Christian Zen at Lime Rock Baptist Church
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 lrbcri.org or contact Rev. Gene Dyszlewski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-345-7291.