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Buffalo Zen Dharma Community to offer meditation series this week

The Buffalo Zen Dharma Community will host a two-part meditation series Thursday and Friday in the Town of Tonawanda.

Sensei Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery and the Zen Center of New York City, will lead the series, “Meditation as the Whole of Life,” which will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Episcopal Diocese of WNY Ministry Center, 1064 Brighton Road.

The first session, “Calming and Seeing,” will explore Buddhist meditation, its non-dual (unified) nature regarding wisdom and compassion, and how both these innate virtues need to be present from the beginning of our meditation practice.

Part II, “It’s Not Just Sitting Quietly,” will discuss how meditation as the “whole of life,” with the power to transform work, home, relationships and the way we experience the world.

Arnold has been a meditation leader for three decades.

“His sole intent for this visit is to share his experience and knowledge in the service of those who desire to use meditation to enhance the wellbeing – on all levels – of themselves and those around them,” said Ray Eigen Ball, the Buffalo Zen community member coordinating the event.

The Buffalo Zen Dharma Community requests a $15 donation each night, which will be payable at the door, starting at 6 p.m.

For more information about the group and its events, visit


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