We are so psyched that New Haven Zen Center and Trinity Zen Group Guiding Teacher Ken Kessel received transmission on Saturday as Zen Master Jok Um. Ken has provided many hours of retreat time and given many talks at Trinity College. Congratulation. He is shown with members of the New Haven Zen Center sangha at the Provident Zen Center in Cumberland, R.I., where the ceremony was conducted.
“But for many of us Buddhists, whether we like it or not, form is kind of a big deal. And it can be a source of stress. We wonder as we make that offering at the altar if what we’re doing is culturally relevant or if it’s just foreign superstition. As we look up at a teacher who is seated, literally and figuratively, above us, we ask, Does it have to be this way? And when a senior student pulls us aside to tell us we’re bowing incorrectly or that we need to hold our sutra book just so or that we ate our foods in the wrong order, we may simply think, You’ve got to be kidding me.”
“You know who said it best? Leonard Cohen. He meditated all those years at Mt. Baldy Zen Center, often for twelve hours at a time. In an interview, he said his storyline just wore itself out. He got so bored with his dramatic storyline. And then he made the comment, ‘The less there was of me, the happier I got.'” – Pema Chodron
People of all faiths – and no faith – are invited to learn and practice a centuries-old form of meditation that is both simple and profound.
The group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday evening (6:30 for newcomers) during the academic year – except during weeks of major holidays. Individuals from outside the Trinity College community are welcome to attend.