Episode 280 :: Grace Schireson :: Zen Bridge: The Zen Teachings of Keido Fukushima

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Grace Schireson

Grace Shireson joins us to speak about her teacher, from her new book Zen Bridge: The Zen Teachings of Keido Fukushima.

The relationship between student and teacher within Buddhism is not quite like the relationship one develops, or doesn’t develop, with your math or economics teacher. It’s deep, it can be intense, heartwarming, sometimes heart breaking, but more often than not it’s that connection that can lead to tremendous insight and progress on the path. In the Zen tradition I’ve found this to be particularly so, and our guest today shares about her late, beloved, and honored Roshi.

Grace Schireson is a Dharma Heir in the Suzuki Roshi lineage who has practiced Zen meditation for more than 35 years. She has trained in Soto Zen in America under Sojun Mel Weitsman Roshi of Berkeley Zen Center and in Rinzai Zen in Japan under Keido Fukushima Roshi of Tofuku-ji Monastery in Kyoto. She has taught Zen classes throughout the United States. She is also trained as a clinical psychologist and is dedicated to teaching Asian methods of quieting the mind using techniques suitable for Westerners.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Gyokuro tea.


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Category: The Secular Buddhist Podcast

Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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