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CSUB Announces Lecture with Zen Abbess Schireson
January 08, 2013
California State University, Bakersfield is hosting a lecture on Zen Buddhism in the West, on Thursday, January 10 from 5:30 to 7 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room at CSUB. The lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Religion, Education, and Public Policy (IREPP).
Abbess Myoan Grace Schireson will give a lecture entitled "Zen Practice for Westerners—Really?" Abbess Schireson will discuss what Zen Buddhism has to offer the Western mind, heart and lifestyle, and there will be a Q&A and book signing after her talk.
“We welcome the larger community to what is sure to be a memorable evening. Abbess Schireson is highly respected in the practice Zen Buddhism and she is sure to spark thought and reflection in lecture attendees,” said Dr. Stephen Campagna-Pinto, Associate Professor in Philosophy and Religious Studies and Co-Director of the Institute for Religion, Education, and Public Policy (IREPP). “We are excited to have her on campus.”
Abbess Myoan Grace Schireson is a Dharma teacher in the Suzuki Roshi lineage empowered by Sojun Mel Weitsman, abbot of Berkeley Zen Center. She has also been empowered to teach koans by Keido Fukushima Roshi, the late abbot of Tofukuji Monastery in Kyoto, Japan. Grace is the author of "Zen Women: Beyond Tea Ladies, Iron Maidens and Macho Masters." She is head teacher of the Central Valley Zen Foundation and has founded and leads three Zen groups and a Zen retreat center in California. She is president of the Shogaku Zen Institute, a Zen training seminary to help Zen students serve their communities.
Grace is also a clinical psychologist who has specialized in women and families. She has been married for forty-four years and has two grown sons and four grandchildren.