Experience an introduction to the practice of mindfulnees in the tradition of Zen Buddhism as a vehicle for the interface of understanding the tradition between Buddhist and Christian people. There will be a component of sitting meditation so comfortable clothing is recommended.
Sunday, February 26, 3:30 - 5:30 PM
Saint Mark Lutheran Church
100 Harter Road, Morristown, NJ 07960
Presenter: Robert E. Kennety, SJ
Through Zen, Robert E. Kennedy, SJ has come to see what Meister Eckhart, Thomas Merton, and other contemporary contemplatives described: At the end of our striving, we are meant not only to follow Christ but to be Him. Our true identity is one with God.
Kennedy is an American Jesuit ordained in 1965. He then served the Church in Japan during Vatican II. After completing doctoral studies in theology and preparing for psychoanalytic training, he returned to Japan in 1976 to study with Yamada Roshi in Kamakura. He went on to study with Maezumi Roshi in Los Angeles, and with Bernard Glassman Roshi in New York. Glassman made Kennedy a teacher or sensei in 1991, and conferred Inka, or a final seal of approval, in 1997, making
Kennedy a Zen roshi or master in the White Plum lineage. He is the author of two books, Zen Spirit, Christian Spirit and Zen Gifts to Christians. He conducts weekend and week-long sessions (Zen retreats) at centers in the United States, Mexico, Poland, England, and Ireland.
Kennedy teaches theology at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, N. J., and is a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City and a representative at the United Nations Institute for Spiritual Consciousness in Politics.