Meditation Class at New Sudhana Center in Ukiah

UKIAH, California, January 19, 2016 — A Sunday evening meditation class will be offered free to the public at the new Dharma Realm Buddhist University Sudhana Center, formerly the Trinity School, at 225 South Hope Street in Ukiah, California.

The meditation class will meet on Sundays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., beginning January 31, 2016. People at all levels of experience in meditation are welcome to attend.

During the weekly two-hour classes, periods of silent sitting will be followed by discussions led by Bhikshuni Heng Chih, a Buddhist nun from the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. The discussion periods will provide opportunities for practitioners to share their experiences and insights in a group setting while engaging in open-ended question-and-answer discourse.

Through intervals of silent sitting, participants will discover more about themselves, relieve stress, and rejuvenate their vitality; intervals of instruction will help participants gain insight into how to apply concentration and wisdom as they move through their daily lives. What happens in stillness can influence how we handle ourselves in movement; what happens in movement can be reflected upon in times of stillness.

Bhikshuni Heng Chih

For 46 years Bhikshuni Heng Chih has been a Buddhist nun ordained in the Buddhist Mahayana tradition. She was one of the first Americans to be ordained under the guidance of the late Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, founder of the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas. Bhikshuni Heng Chih is currently Professor Emerita at Dharma Realm Buddhist University and retired in 2013 from a position as Assistant Professor in Buddhist Philosophy at Bond University in Australia.

Sudhana Center

According to Wayne Chen, Director of Development for Dharma Realm Buddhist University, "Renaming the former Trinity School after Sudhana seemed appropriate for a site that has for many years been a place of refuge and education for generations of young people.” Sudhana was a teenage boy who made a pilgrimage around India in search of spiritual teachers. His journey, recounted in the Avatamsaka Sutra, an important Buddhist text, takes him to 53 different teachers. After Sudhana has learned from the virtue and spiritual accomplishments of each teacher, he is sent on by that teacher to the next one. In Buddhism, Sudhana is an example of the untiring pursuit of truth, both for one’s own benefit and the benefit of others.

Dharma Realm Buddhist University (DRBU)

Dharma Realm Buddhist University was established in 1976 by the Buddhist teacher Venerable Master Hsuan Hua. DRBU is dedicated to a liberal education in the broad Buddhist tradition—a tradition characterized by knowledge in the arts and sciences, self–cultivation, and the pursuit of wisdom. The University is currently accepting applications for Fall 2016 in the four-year Bachelor of Arts degree program in Liberal Arts and the two-year Master of Arts degree program in Buddhist Classics.

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