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FSU Features Two-Day Program on “Zen: Beauty and Wisdom”

Frostburg State University will host a two day program titled "Zen: Beauty and Wisdom," featuring a lecture and a series of workshops on Zen in Japanese culture on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8.

Yuriko Ikematsu, an instructor who joined the FSU faculty from Japan this September, will display meditative fruits of Japanese culture with an Ikebana (flower arrangement) demonstration on Friday, Oct. 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Lane University Center Atkinson Room, 201.

The centerpiece lecture, titled “Zen: Responding to a Ravaged Planet,” will be presented Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the P.E. Center’s Leake Room by Zen Sensei, Sunya Kjolhede, co-director of the Windhorse Zen Community, Ashville, N.C.

An orientation to zazen meditation, for participation only, will also be held as part of the two-day cultural program on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. until noon, also in the Leake Room. Newly ordained Zen Priest Rev. Teshin, an FSU alumnus of the class of 1995, will be assisting Kjolede with the meditation workshop.

Cecil Uyehara, the former president of the Sumi-E Society of America Inc., will also present a calligraphy demonstration workshop, showing the art of calligraphy with its Zen influence through Japanese culture, on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., also in Lane 201.

The two-day cultural program of Zen in Japanese culture is free and open to the public. Those who decide to participate in the meditation workshop Saturday morning are asked to wear loose clothing (no shorts) and to bring two blankets and two firm non-bed pillows for sitting on the floor for 15 minutes in motionless meditation.

The program is sponsored by the FSU Center for International Education, the FSU Faculty Development and Sabbatical Subcommittee and the Allegany Arts Council. For more information, call Dr. Paul La Chance, at 301-687-4225 or Sharon Ritchie at 301-687-4221.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589