Kristina Goetz: Before dawn, a Buddhist monk stands beneath a tall pine in a long brown robe the color of Mother Earth. He rings a bronze bell suspended from a low-hanging limb to signal it’s time for walking meditation.
By the light of a crescent moon, monks and nuns in the same brown robes walk slowly, silently. The crunch of gravel and the tap of footsteps on blacktop are the only sounds in the cool air. They focus on two things: breathing and walking. They may silently repeat a simple phrase.
Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in. Breathing out, I …
Minh Cong Nguyen has found a home for his displaced Buddhist congregation – this time outside of Rankin County.
Nguyen opened a Zen Center last month on Terry Road, just south of U.S. 80, which will house meditation classes and worship services.
He holds worship services on Sunday for Buddhists as well as meditation classes for everyone.
“Westerners are invited,” the monk said of the free classes he will start holding on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The first is Saturday.
Americans live a stressed-out lifestyle, and these two-hour sessions give people a mental break, he said.
“Our minds are like a computer,” he said. “You keep putting too much information in it. Meditation is the … Read more »