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Meditation Workshops
sponsored by the Buddhism Studies & Practice Group
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buddhaFebruary 10
Meditation Workshop with Nancy Bonardi
Meditation has always been recognized as a useful tool for cultivating peace of mind. Practice on a daily basis also has many health-related benefits. You will learn the fundamental concepts and postures to begin and sustain a meditation practice. Nancy Bonardi, Dharma teacher and meditation teacher, began practicing meditation with Chan Master Sheng Yen in 1978. She is a member of the Chan Meditation Center Board of Trustees. She lives in Connecticut where she holds meditation classes and teaches English to 7th graders. Download flier.
Saturday, February 10, 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Wang Center, Room 201

February 25
Ancient Art of Chinese Tea Ceremony and Meditation
This workshop conducted by Mrs. Hui-Juan Shieh–an expert in Chinese tea culture–is designed for both adults and youth. It includes a presentation of the principles and philosophy, a tea ceremony and meditation demonstration, and an audience practice period. Chinese tea culture differs from that of Japan and other countries in methods of preparation, tasting, equipment used, and the occasions for which it is consumed. Tea drinking was popular in ancient China as tea was regarded as one of the seven daily necessities (others being firewood, rice, oil, salt, soy sauce, and vinegar). This exquisite art form is said to have originated in the Qing Dynasty under Emperor Qian Long, 1711–1799. A tea ceremony generates relaxation through the ambient setting and the concentration required in preparing and serving the tea. One form encourages participants to forget about knowledge, wealth, and appearance, and establish an equality without prejudice among tea drinkers. The tea ceremony is an excellent way to share one's peace of mind and respect for others.
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Sunday, February 25, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Wang Center, Room 201

March 17
Chan Meditation Workshop
Learn the basic principles, philosophy, and postures of sitting meditation practice from beginners to intermediate level. Walking, sleeping, yoga exercises, and self-massage will be addressed. The Rev. Chang Wu Fashi, resident at the Chan Meditation Center, Elmhurst, Queens, received Chan monastic training at Nung Chan Monastery, Dharma Drum Mountain, Taiwan under the guidance of Chan Master Sheng Yen and full ordination in 2003 in the Lin-Chi and Tso-Tung lineages. She has learned both Silent Illumination and Huatou meditation methods from Master Sheng Yen. Chang Wu Fashi holds a B.A. in Economics from National Taiwan University and an M.B.A. from SUNY Buffalo. She was previously employed in accounting and finance. Chang Wu Fashi is currently guiding teacher for Dharma Drum for Young People and for outreach activities at the Chan Meditation Center and leads Chan meditation retreats. Download flier.
Saturday, March 17, 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Student Union Rooms 231, 236

April 5, Series 1April 6, Series 2
4/5: Four Foundations of Mindfulness in Meditation
4/6: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

The Ven. Zi-Zhon will discuss the causes and nature of stress and advise on how to identify and find the right approach to deal with it. Download flier. The following topics will be discussed:

1. How to identify the problem from symptoms and understand the “Four Foundations of Mindfulness”
2. How to use Buddhist perspectives of cause and effect and meditation techniques to deal with the problem and attain peace of mind.

Thursday–Friday, April 5 & 6, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Room 301

April 21
Deepening Your Meditation Workshop
Given by Dr. Cheryl Kurash, Clinical Psychologist, University Counseling Center and Dr. JoAnn Rosen, Assistant Director for Consultation and Outreach, University Counseling Center. This workshop will provide a series of different exercises designed to help you deepen and refine your meditation practice. The exercises will focus on mindfulness of the body and a deeper acceptance of the present moment. Download flier. Visit the BSPG Group Web for more information.

RSVP: e-mail to Sheila at or
Hai-Dee at

Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Wang Center, Room 301

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