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Ancient Buddhist Thought: Guidance for Today

A talk and meditation program with WMYC Director Janaki Pierson. The talk is followed by instructions in meditation and a group meditation.

"For the unified mind in accord with the Way all self-centered striving ceases. Doubts and irresolutions vanish and life in true faith is possible. With a single stroke we are freed from bondage; nothing clings to us and we hold to nothing.” Sengcan wrote 1100 years ago.

Reciting excerpts from the concise writing of Sengcan, the third Patriarch of Chinese Zen Buddhism, Janaki discusses the insight found therein for remaining calm and centered in today’s world. Emphasizing consistencies between this ancient text and the even older Yoga Sutras, she clarifies the relevance of these teachings in bringing peace to individuals and the planet.

Ms. Pierson, co-founder and executive director of the Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center, presents seminars on Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Stress Management, Death and Dying/Life and Living, Elementary Sanskrit, and Thinking into Being: Creating Your Own Reality.  Ms. Pierson has been teaching meditation for over 35 years and has been established in her own daily practice for over 40 years.

The Woodbury Meditation & Yoga Center (WMYC) is located at 122 West Side Road in Woodbury, CT. Everyone is welcome to come earlier, at 5:00 pm, for a complimentary sample yoga class.

WMYC is a not-for-profit educational institution offering meditation, yoga, tai chi/qigong and a variety of programs weekly, as well as complimentary Sunday evening events including meditation instruction.  WMYC welcomes individuals to try a class for free and see first-hand how yoga changes lives. The Center welcomes cancer patients/survivors, caregivers, veterans and others in need of assistance, and offers free or reduced-cost classes. For more information, contact WMYC at (203)263-2254, wyogac@gmail.com, Facebook, or visit online at www.WoodburyYogaCenter.org.

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