In this workshop we will explore the basics of Zen meditation and how to practice it. In Japan, Zen ideals are woven into the fabric daily life, from tea ceremony etiquette to automotive assembly line production to the prevalence of non-verbal communication. As we try out Zen practice, we will discuss several concepts that help to illustrate how Zen is understood in Japan, including impermanence, “mind-to-mind transmission,” and imperfect beauty.
A Kansas City area native, Sarah lived and practiced at a Buddhist monastery in Kyoto for seven years, where she studied and taught meditation and led workshops and retreats. She offers meditation classes at Turning Point through the University of Kansas Health System and teaches a weekly meditation class for the JCCC Student Wellness Program. She also serves as a senior consultant for Japan Intercultural Consulting, leading multicultural teambuilding and cross-cultural communication seminars throughout the U.S. and Mexico.
Sarah is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Johnson County Community College, where she teaches courses on world religions, Asian religions, and Japanese culture. She earned a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Stanford University and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University.