Buddhist temple plans intro workshop

Staff Report

Great Heartland Buddhist Temple of Toledo will host an Introduction to Zen Buddhism Workshop on Sunday, March 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 6537 Angola Road, Holland. There is no cost to participate, and all are welcome.

“This event will enable folks to learn about Zen Buddhism in a relaxed and friendly environment,” explained Jay Rinsen Weik Sensei, Abbot of the Great Heartland Sangha. “We’ll cover topics such as mindfulness and meditation and what it means to be a Buddhist.”

A central point in Buddhist practice is upholding the Three Pure Precepts: Do No Harm, Practice Good and Actualize Good for Others. The Buddha is looked up to as a great teacher, but never as a deity. Buddhism is not a theistic religion. Many individuals combine Zen and other beliefs because Zen Buddhism emphasizes practice, not beliefs.

The Temple provides teachings and community for anyone interested in Buddhist practice with weekly services, Zazen (meditation), Dharma talks, practice discussions, workshops and retreats. Weekly services are open to visitors: Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Arrive 15 minutes early for orientation for a first visit. Children are welcome at Sunday service.

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