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Sensei Konrad Ryushin Marchaj—Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery—visits Buffalo

Lecture Series: Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei – Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery

Shugen and Ryushin
This week’s forecast has some gloomy predictions; to combat the rain clouds over your head join the Buffalo Zen Dharma Community for three events of spiritual awakening and cleansing. For two hours April 18-20 at the Episcopal Diocese of WNY Ministry Center (1064 Brighton Road, Tonawanda), Konrad Ryushin Marchaj is lecturing about the ability to gain tolerance for humankind, and the ability to move past our differences and accept others for who they are. This opportunity not only let’s us explore each other but also invites open minded, self-reflection. With three chances to lift your sprits, there is no excuse not to join others at the Episcopal Diocese of WNY Ministry Center next week April 1820 from 7-9pm. Get out of the rain and join others looking to lift their spirits. For more information, feel free to contact, contact@BuffaloZen.org or 716-393-2936. —kendra sornberger

Event #1

Who:
    Sponsor: Buffalo Zen Dharma Community (http://www.BuffaloZen.org)
    Presenter: Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei – Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery (http://mro.org)
What: Lecture – “Unconditional Happiness versus Pursuit of Pleasure”
When: Thursday, April 18, 7:00-9:00 PM
Where: Episcopal Diocese of WNY Ministry Center – 1064 Brighton Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150
Why: To solve a problem it is essential to define the problem accurately and clearly. Our chronic, perhaps worsening, personal discontent is primarily due to not truly knowing where and how to seek for our fulfillment and happiness. All too often we stake our happiness on a set of conditions–material, intellectual, relational, emotional–imagining and hoping that they will give us a lasting sense of comfort and security. Within this model, we are continuously frustrated, if not humiliated, by impermanence and its various expressions as our loss of control and pervasive anxiety. What is truly the basis for unconditional happiness? What is the nature of mind that allows for ease and joy to pervade all the dimensions of our life?
How: $12 Donation – Student discount available
Contact: contact@BuffaloZen.org or 716-393-2936

Event #2

Who:
    Sponsor: Buffalo Zen Dharma Community (http://www.BuffaloZen.org)
    Presenter: Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei – Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery (http://mro.org)
What: Lecture – “Spiritual By-passing: Shielding Ourselves from Our Feelings”
When: Friday, April 19, 7:00-9:00 PM
Where: Episcopal Diocese of WNY Ministry Center – 1064 Brighton Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150
Why: As much as Buddhist practice is offered in the spirit of realizing the selflessness of our experiences and lives, the habit of trying to protect our conditioned sense of “self” will always find novel ways to assert itself. As a result, we frequently use ideas about spirituality as effective ways to divert our well-intentioned efforts away from an authentic search into our nature, by-passing the difficult work of honestly seeing ourselves. We stay stuck in patterns of reactivity, skimming the surface of our experience, not really wanting or knowing how to engage our discomfort and dissatisfaction–avoiding the opportunity to become aware of the roots of our suffering.
How: $12 Donation – Student discount available
Contact: contact@BuffaloZen.org or 716-393-2936

Event #3

Who:
    Sponsor: Buffalo Zen Dharma Community (http://www.BuffaloZen.org)
    Presenter: Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei – Abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery (http://mro.org)
What: Lecture – “Religion and Morality: Blinding or Illuminating?”
When: Saturday, April 20, 7:00-9:00 PM
Where: Episcopal Diocese of WNY Ministry Center – 1064 Brighton Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150
Why: While religion, especially in its collective expression, has been a source of much inspiration and good in the world, it can also be a source of intolerance, harm, and extraordinary violence. What does it take for us to move beyond sectarian differences, and towards an ever more expansive and all-inclusive vision of and interactions with all of humanity and all beings? What are the Buddhist practices that expose our tendencies of collective delusion, and invite a more warm-hearted, open-minded self-reflection in relation to others?
How: $12 Donation – Student discount available
Contact: contact@BuffaloZen.org or 716-393-2936


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    Doors open 30 minutes prior for registration. Due to significant interest, it’s recommended to be on the early side.

  • beeseeingyou

    Upwards of 180 people attended the opening lecture. I’m not aware of a gathering of that size to hear a Buddhist teacher since the Dalai Lama was here in 2006. Friday’s agenda offers a workshop on the Buddhist Precepts at 2:00pm, and the second lecture in the series (“Spiritual By-passing”) at 7:00pm.