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Introduction to Buddhist Meditation March 28

posted Feb 22, 2013, 10:17 AM by Interfaith WS

Interested in learning about meditation in the Zen Buddhist tradition? This workshop will provide an introduction to the practice of zazen - the meditative tradition of complete engagement with “just sitting”. Through brief lectures, demonstration and experiential exercises, we will explore zazen posture, awareness of breath and how to practice with the thoughts and feelings that inevitably arise in meditation. We will also try out walking meditation (kinhin).

The event will be held at the Shepherd’s Center, 1700 Ebert St. in Winston-Salem at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28.  Admission is free but participants need to register at  The first 50 registrants will be accepted.
Our supply of floor mats (zabutons) and meditation cushions (zafus) is limited so if you have a meditation cushion, please bring it. If not, bring a blanket or yoga mat for the floor and a firm cushion to sit on. For those who prefer to sit in a chair, we have plenty on hand.

The workshop leader, Peter R. Lichstein, began meditating as a college student at the University of Michigan after reading the nature poet Gary Snyder and Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryo Suzuki, founder of the San Francisco Zen Center. Peter has studied with Josho Pat Phelan at the Chapel Hill Zen Center since 1996, received the Zen precepts as a lay practitioner in 2005 and has taught meditation with the Wake Forest University Meditation Group since 2011.