Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Gaelyn Godwin Roshi, Zen Buddhist Tradition
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For the month of April, the Rothko Chapel presents a meditation in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Led by Gaelyn Godwin Roshi of Houston Zen Center, this session will explore the practice of allowing ourselves to be fully present with the moment. We enter Zen practice with awareness of our sensations, our breath, the sounds, the feeling of being a living body. In this simple yet profound meditation practice, the act of just sitting in the present moment can lead us to a sense of ease and release. Zen can be practiced by people of all faiths. It was originally taught by the Buddha as the method to live in awakening.
About the presenter:
Gaelyn Godwin is the Abbot of Houston Zen Center. She has been a Zen Buddhist priest for 26 years and is authorized in both Japan and the US to teach Zen meditation and Zen Buddhist studies. After training in Tassajara, the largest Western Zen monastery and in Japan, she began to visit the Houston Zen Community in the mid-90’s, moving to Houston in 2003 to help establish the Houston Zen Center. Houston is now her home. The Houston Zen Center, where she teaches, is located at 1605 Heights Boulevard.
About the series:
Since September 2005, on the first Wednesday of each month from 12-1pm, the Rothko Chapel hosts a meditation or contemplative practice focusing on a different spiritual or faith tradition featuring teachers and religious leaders from throughout the greater Houston community. The Twelve Moments: Experiencing Spiritual and Faith Traditions series provides opportunities for visitors to learn more about a specific spiritual or faith tradition, and experience a related meditation or contemplative practice, such as prayer, chanting, etc.