December 17, 2013

Wilkes Univ. Hindu Spirituality Club Visit

On Dec 17, 2013 Wilkes University's Hindu Spirituality Club visited Soshimsa, for a presentation on Methods of Alleviating Stress according to Buddhist Philosophy. The club braved the snow to get to the Zen Center, from their Pennsylvania home. The students, enjoyed the interwoven aspect of philosophy, Buddhism and the intimate knowledge of self-understanding and how the mind, body and spirit can be used to alleviate stress in today's fast paced society. 

The group was introduced to the basics of meditation practice as well as a 10 minute self-administered revitalizing acupressure routine. The visit concluded with a wonderful Q & A session, where the students voiced some of their concerns about application of spiritual ideals in the daily college life. The session ended with tea before the group embarked on their home bound journey.  We hope to meet again. 

June 25, 2013

Soshimsa Zen Center's 4 Year Anniversary Celebration (June 23, 2013)

On June 23, 2013 Soshimsa Zen Center celebrated its 4 Year Anniversary. Although with the new location it felt a bit like a Grand Opening. As usual we had a video collage of the past events, presentations and speeches by Ven. Myong-Ahn, Mooh-Sang and Duhk-Song Sunim as well as Mrs. Kelley Shim-Choi and Prof. Tracey Shors. We talked about our future plans and the work that Soshimsa Fellowship is doing at Rutgers University. Dr. Shors, who heads our meditation research study spoke of the impact of the Fellowship's and Soshimsa's work on the lives of students as well as the women at the battered women's center where Dr. Shors teaches meditation as part of the research. Ven. Duhk-Song, who serves as the Director of the 1000 Hands Outreach, had words of encouragement for the current participants of our Volunteer Program. He also congratulated past recipients of the President's Volunteer Award of which Soshimsa is a Certifying Organization ( The festivities concluded with our Abbot, Ven. Myong-Ahn officially adopting the Charter for Compassion ( as Soshimsa Zen Center became a recognized Charter for Compassion Partner.

June 15, 2013

June Touching Earth Adventures Hiking Trip

On June 15, 2013 we took a late season-opening hiking trip to Lord Stirling Park. After an onslaught of rain over the past few days certain areas of the swamp overflowed and regions of the boardwalk were closed off. However, we managed just fine and even found lovely area for meditation (see picture on left). It was a gorgeous day with plenty of sunshine, bird songs, and luscious greenery invigorated by the latest rains. 
We all took a piece of the vast, unbounded, limitless sky with us for those rainy and gloomy days we all have now and then (see picture on right)This was an overall good hike to break us in for whats to come. Hope to see you all you nature lovers out next month. July's Toughing Earth is planning to be a kayaking trip down in Princeton.

May 21, 2013

Releasing Life Ceremony 방생 기도

On Sunday, May 18 Soshimsa Zen Center held its first ceremony since the long journey of finding and renovating its new location at 1112 North Avenue in Plainfield NJ. It was truly a pleasure seeing familiar faces and the ceremony became one of celebrating new beginnings (for the fish, for all those graduating school and for the new Soshimsa location) as well as the old friendships. Thank you all for attending and thank you all who mailed in their prayers and best wishes. 

May 1, 2013

Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center

On April 16, 2013, Soshimsa Zen Center was once again invited to Richard Hall Community Mental Health Center to give a presentation. The presentation was entitled Spirituality and Culture from the Korean Zen Tradition. There was a wonderful exchange of questions and answers and plans were made for more future collaborations between Richard Hall and the Zen Center.

April 17, 2013

Drew University De-stress Presentation

On Monday March 25 2013, Soshimsa Zen Center was once again invited to Drew University to do a presentation. The Zen Center and Drew University A.S.I.A. Club have had a collaborative relationship since 2011 when the Zen Center was invited to give a presentation on the tradition of Tea Ceremony. The March 25th presentation took place immediately following the Drew finals and was intended to equip the students with simple stress relief techniques anyone can use. Diaphragmatic breathing meditation and self-administered "10 Minute Revitalizing Routine" were very popular with the students.