Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Visiting a Zen Buddhist Retreat Center

Highlight of my Shrove Day? Accompanying my students from my Religions of the World (NCCU) class to the Zen Buddhist Retreat Center (Chapel Hill), as we learned to sit and be in contemplation, then to enter a time of devotion/contemplation. This is the essence of pilgrimage, and why I began the School of the Pilgrim: to accompany people as they leave their hour of "rush hour" into a time of pilgrimage to find their inward bound path. These students moved from their comfort zone to a new place, among a people they never met before, and experienced their "Aha!" moment (heard it a lot tonight). The School of the Pilgrim lessons continue to teach me.

Buen Camino!


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