Christian and Zen meditation practice with Br Richard and Turlough O’Donnell
Join us on Thursday February 22nd for an evening of Christian and Zen meditation. Brother Richard, Turlough O'Donnell and Miriam Healy Sensei will lead the proceedings at The Sanctuary at 7pm. Book your place here, there is no cost but donations are welcome on the night.
Turlough O’Donnell and Miriam Healy Sensei will lead a Zen meditation practice. Zazen, sitting meditation, is the practice of stilling the mind through wholehearted attentiveness to the breath. This steady attentiveness, coupled with the stillness of the body, frees the mind from its ordinary activities of thinking, daydreaming, or speculating on the nature of life. Zen demands discipline and effort. The support of group sitting is a strong encouragement to practice.
“Zen training does not allow us to analyze or theorize about prayer or life. Instead, it plunges us at the outset into the contemplative act in which there is no subject or object.” ROSHI ROBERT KENNEDY
When practiced attentively, Zen offers an ever-deepening insight into the oneness of life. This insight reveals to us our own human potential and calls us to use this potential in the service of others.
Brother Richard, a Capuchin Franciscan priest-friar, will lead on The Christian and Meditation and introduce you to the wonderful way of opening the heart to the depth dimension of life through the Christian meditative tradition. Many people are unaware of the ancient tradition of Meditation that lies at the heart of Christianity and this is a wonderful opportunity to experience this in the lovely surroundings of the Sanctuary.