Zazen Classes on Fridays

Students in the Meditation Room

When Daijo William Wesson ’14 isn’t hitting the books as a School of Education student, he is leading zazen – or Zen meditation – classes on Friday afternoons in Larsen Hall’s Meditation Room.

“After learning about the Meditation Room, it seemed to be a likely place to offer weekly zazen,” he said. “As a Buddhist monk, I am always seeking ways to integrate Zen practice and daily life. It's especially rewarding when I can offer a formal practice to people.”

The free classes are held from 2:30 to 4 p.m., with the last class scheduled for May 31.

“People who are interested in finding or creating a space in their lives to quiet their minds and bodies or those who find that they are seeking something and haven't found it are all good candidates for zazen,” Wesson said. “It is simply sitting still and breathing, with some specific forms around posture and timing.”

Wesson began studying Zen in 1999 with Kyozan Joshu Sasaki Roshi at the Bodhi Manda Zen Center in New Mexico. After living in San Francisco for several years, Wesson returned to New Mexico in 2007, and was ordained as a Zen Buddhist Monk in the Rinzai tradition. Now, he lives in Yucaipa with his wife and infant twins, and will earn a preliminary multiple subject teaching credential once his student teaching is completed.

Through it all, he has turned to zazen to stay calm and focused.

“I have found in my own life that if I was in a place where I didn't know what to do, or in a difficult transition period, that zazen, simply sitting still, offered me the space to allow the next step to arise organically,” he said.

Posted: May 15, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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