Palm Coast Meditation - Flagler County, FL

Morris Sekiyo Sullivan

Specializations: Reducing stress through mindfulness, developing concentration, cultivating compassion & serenity.

Flagler County Public Library Meeting Room

(386) 717-3779

volusiabuddhist@gmail.com

www.volusiabuddhist.org

On select nights each month, Palm Coast Meditation is held at the main branch of the Flagler County Library. The workshops are from 6-7:15 p.m. and include explanation and instruction along with guided and silent meditations.

In 2016 we will meet: April 14 ~ Tuesday, May 10 ~ June 9 July 14 ~ August 11 ~ Thursday, September 1 October 13 ~ Monday, November 28 ~ December 8

Palm Coast Meditation is free and and open to the public. Chairs are available; participants who wish to sit on the floor are encouraged to bring a cushion. This meeting is not sponsored or endorsed by the Library itself.

Sensei Morris Sekiyo Sullivan will give the meditation instruction and guide meditations. Sullivan is the dharma teacher at Volusia Buddhist Fellowship, a nonsectarian Buddhist practice group based in DeLand and a lay minister with the Bright Dawn Institute for American Buddhism. Sullivan also leads a meditation group for inmates at the Tomoka Correctional Institution chapel.

The workshop will provide an overview of Vipassana (insight) meditation, a system of meditation practiced by Theravada Buddhists that helps practitioners to see more clearly into the way their mental activity creates stress and to cultivate serenity. In this workshop, participants will be guided through a series of meditations: Becoming Aware of Awareness; Concentration and Calm; and Cultivating the Brahma-Viharas (kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity).

Sensei Sullivan began practicing meditation more than 40 years ago when he began studying yoga as teenager and then went on to explore Japanese and Vietnamese Zen. In 2004, he began to study Vipassana meditation under Than Chaokhun Sunan Phra Vijitrdhammapani, the abbot of Wat Florida Dhammaram, a Thai temple in Kissimmee, Florida.

In 2008, after spending a monastic retreat as a Theravada monk, Sullivan entered the Bright Dawn lay ministry training program. He was inducted into Bright Dawn’s ministry in May 2010. A Bright Dawn sensei is authorized to perform all ministry duties, but there is no monastic order.

The Bright Dawn Institute is headed by Rev. Koyo Kubose, son and dharma heir of Ven. Gyomay Kubose, a pioneer in American Buddhism who founded the Buddhist Temple of Chicago in 1944. Bright Dawn’s “Way of Oneness” approach to Buddhism is rooted in the Japanese Mahayana tradition, but the organization emphasizes the universal teachings of the historic Gautama Buddha, focusing on individual spiritual growth rather than any sectarian dogma or ritual.

 






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