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.
December 17, 2013
June 25, 2013
June 15, 2013
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
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
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
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.