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Frostburg State University to Sponsor Lecture/Workshop on "Mind, Consciousness and Zen"

Frostburg State University, in conjunction with the University's Center for International Studies' First Annual International Festival, will feature speaker Amala Wrightson, Rochester Zen Center of New York, on "Mind, Consciousness and Zen," Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Cordts Physical Education Center Leake Room. A workshop at the same location is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. until noon.

Wrightson was born in New Zealand and holds degrees from Auchland University. She also studied at Scuola di Teatro in Bologna, Spain. In 1988, Wrightson began her study of Zen with Roshi Philip Kapleau, the founder and then director of the Rochester Zen Center. She served in many capacities at the Center until 1996 when she was named Head of Zendo (Director of Training). In 1999, Wrightson was ordained as a Zen Priest of the Three Jewels Order.

At the Saturday workshop, Wrightson will offer an orientation to the zazan method of meditation for beginners. Participants are asked to wear loose clothing and bring two blankets to serve as meditation cushions.

This project was made possible in part with funds from the Maryland Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The event is also sponsored in part by Dr. Amy Simes, FSU Center for International Studies and the FSU Faculty Development and Sabbatical Subcommittee. For information, contact Dr. Paul La Chance, FSU Department of English, (301) 687-4225.

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

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