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Contemplative Practices in Diverse Traditions, Pt. 2
Introduction to Zen Meditation

Contemplative Practices in Diverse Traditions, Pt. 2

CAT is pleased to present a second installment in our continuing series on "Contemplative Practices in Diverse Traditions." Last year we learned about lectio divina from Rev. William Thiele. This semester we have an opportunity to learn about Zen meditation from Rev. Michaela O'Connor Bono.

In this introductory session, you will learn the basics of how to practice sitting meditation in the Zen tradition and some of the essential principles of Buddhism relating to working with the mind. By harmonizing body, breath and mind in meditation, we can begin to see the ways in which our thoughts and emotions piece together our world. We will work on developing stillness and awareness, out of which wisdom and compassion arise.

Rev. Michaela O'Connor Bono is a Zen priest who has been practicing Zen Buddhism since 2003. After evacuating New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, Rev. Bono lived and trained at both Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Green Gulch Farm Zen Center. Rev. Bono was ordained as a Soto Zen priest in September 2010. She is a co-founding board member of the US chapter of Sakyadhita, the internationally renowned association of Buddhist women. She is also on the board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship, an organization of Buddhists dedicated to radical social change.

This event supported in part by a grant from the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society.

  • Led by: Rev. Michaela O'Connor Bono
  • Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
  • Time: 2:45 - 3:35 PM
  • Location: Mellon Seminar Room, Library 5th Floor

Note: This session will concentrate on a specific contemplative practice, as part of our ongoing program of education and enrichment. CAT will offer a follow-up session in January which will focus on practical applications for teaching and learning.

To register: RSVP to Olivia Daniels Crum at

Tags: meditation, outside speaker
Format: presentation
Event ID: 01237

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