September 30, 2011

Happiness Here and Now- Presentation at Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center

With an invitation from Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center, and as a part of our Educational Outreach, So Shim Sa was invited to give an interactive presentation at Richard Hall on September 27. Richard Hall is a "Comprehensive community mental health center dedicated to the prevention, early detection and treatment of mental illness and serious emotional and behavioral problems." Ven. Myong-Ahn's talk entitled "Happiness Here and Now" was followed by a meditation session led by Ven. Mooh-Sang. The presentation concluded with a wonderful Q&A session with a very interactive and receptive audience of over 30 participants.We hope to foster an ongoing relationship with Richard Hall Center and So Shim Sa's 1000 Hands Outreach.

September 25, 2011

International Day of Peace Address

On Sep 25, 2011 Ven. Myong-Ahn and Ven. Mooh-Sang in collaboration with Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition participated in the International Peace Day. The celebration took place at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Somerville and featured representatives from various religious traditions. Ven. Myong-Ahn's address was followed by guided loving kindness meditation led by Ven. Mooh-Sang. The following is the transcript of Ven. Myong-Ahn's address:

The Whole World is a Single Flower
There is a famous calligraphy by Zen Master Man Gong that reads “The whole world is a single flower”.  The statement is short and simple yet points to a deep, deep truth, namely: that we are each indeed a part of a whole. In fact each one of us can make a statement the “I am the most important person in the world”. It is said that when the Buddha was born he pointed one finger up and another down and declared: “Heaven and below, earth and above I am only one”. For it is up to you to carve your destiny out of the ephemeral mist that is our thoughts. Because the ancestor of every action is a thought. Peace, begins in your mind, and your mind begets reality. There is a running thread between those great souls who actually experience their unity with the life around them. A relationship that declares peace among all. To borrow a phrase from Mother Theresa “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other”. The root, the stem, the petal, is there one more important than another, can any of us live disconnected from anyone else? We all breathe the same air, we all drink the same water. When you poison the rivers you poison your own blood. When you pollute the air it is your lungs that will be diseased. 
When you raise the sword in the end it is your own flesh you will cut.  One man’s inhalation is another’s exhalation. The tides, the coming and going of the waves are the expansion and contraction of the universe. It is all a heartbeat of one life. It is as the Upanishads tell us:” As is the human body, so is the cosmic body. As is the human mind, so is the cosmic mind. As is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm.” You cannot harm another without ultimately hurting yourself. From the Buddhist, but as we can see not only the Buddhist perspective, we are called to live these truths. But although universal truths and lofty spiritual goals are enticing our lives are always reduced to the practical. For a Buddhist this often means taking the 5 Precepts, very first of which is to “Avoid killing living things”. To avoid killing, to refrain from causing harm, to be a banner of peace. We can each only hope that in a world made dark by violence, ignorance, greed and suffering we can be, and must be, a beacon of peace.

The world is a single flower.
Together, we can make it blossom.

September 24, 2011

Shim Martial Arts Academy visits for Taste of Zen Program

A group of Master Alfaro's Tae Kwon Do students from Shim Martial Arts Academy participated in our Taste of Zen Program. The children learned about Buddhist and Korean culture by observing a traditional Morning Service...
...learned about meditation and practiced focus and concentration with a chopstick challenge game. Everyone enjoyed Question and Answer and had overall good time. So Shim Sa was invited to conduct a Tong-Gong Health Seminar at the Academy in the future.

September 13, 2011

So Shim Sa Buddhist Fellowship Launches Another Semester at Rutgers University

Start off the school year with a right mindset. So Shim Sa Buddhist Fellowship is a lay Buddhist movement with an emphasis on the dynamic practicality of Buddhist philosophy in daily life. Encouraging  members to draw from the innate source of wisdom, compassion and courage, we strive to empower each individual to overcome life’s challenges and lead happy and fulfilling lives.

Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:00pm
College Ave. Student Center
Rm 402