Buddhist Christian Dialogue: Christian Zen

With dialogue, we continue to explore our spiritual paths, stressing the many areas of collaboration and understanding. This semi-annual series explores the many similarities between these two traditions. Using the ideas and spiritual teaching of the book “Christian Zen: A Way of Meditation” by William Johnston as a starting point, we will explore why they are still very pertinent to our current time. Participants do not have to have read the book in order to attend.

Date & Time: Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 from 10am to 2pm

Presenter: Fernando Camacho, Maeve Eng Wong, and Janet Reale

Fee: $40 (includes lunch)

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About the Presenters: 

Fernando Camacho, MD is an ordained lay Buddhist priest of the Dharma Teacher Order, a Western group of Vietnamese Zen lineage committed to developing ecumenical bridges and relationships across all religious traditions. Fernando is a practicing medical oncologist in the Bronx and is the Director of the Community Oncology Program of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care.

Maeve Eng-Wong, LCSW, RYT is an ordained lay Buddhist priest in the Dharma Teacher Order, a Western group of Vietnamese Zen lineage committed to developing ecumenical bridges and relationships across religious traditions. Maeve is a psychotherapist in private practice in Garrison and Cold Spring, NY.

Buddhist Christian Dialogue: New Seeds of Contemplation

With dialogue, we continue to explore our spiritual paths, stressing the many areas of collaboration and understanding. This semi-annual series explores the many similarities between these two traditions. Using the ideas and spiritual teaching of the book “New Seeds of Contemplation” by Thomas Merton as a starting point, we will explore why they are still very pertinent to our current time. Participants do not have to have read the book in order to attend.

Date & Time: Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 10am to 2pm

Presenter: Fernando Camacho, Maeve Eng Wong, and Janet Reale

Fee: $40 (includes lunch)

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About the Presenters: 

Fernando Camacho, MD is an ordained lay Buddhist priest of the Dharma Teacher Order, a Western group of Vietnamese Zen lineage committed to developing ecumenical bridges and relationships across all religious traditions. Fernando is a practicing medical oncologist in the Bronx and is the Director of the Community Oncology Program of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care.

Maeve Eng-Wong, LCSW, RYT is an ordained lay Buddhist priest in the Dharma Teacher Order, a Western group of Vietnamese Zen lineage committed to developing ecumenical bridges and relationships across religious traditions. Maeve is a psychotherapist in private practice in Garrison and Cold Spring, NY.

Labyrinth: Symbol of the Spiritual Life Journey

Spend a delightful day learning about the origin, meaning and purpose of the Labyrinth as well as the reason for its recent revival as a special type of meditation walk. Experience peace, healing and/or renewed energy by prayerfully pacing the sacred path of Mariandale’s labyrinth, creating a finger labyrinth, and participating in a closing group ritual walk.

Date & Time: Sat., May 9, 2020 from 10am to 3pm

Presenter: Nancy Erts, OP

Fee: $60 (lunch and resource materials included)

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About the Presenter: 

Nancy Erts, OP is a Dominican Sister of Hope and the program specialist at the Center at Mariandale. She holds degrees in education and theology and has completed additional work in psychology, holistic and eco-spirituality. She has been involved in the ministry of adult spiritual development for over 35 years.

Writing Tuesdays

Writing Tuesdays invite you to explore your creativity in response to prompts and examples of published works where you’ll shape your words into prose, poetry, or journal musings. This ongoing series, held Tuesday afternoons, encourages you to maintain a writer’s journal so you’ll always have material at hand. Bring a favorite pen and notebook to record ideas into stories in a non-judgmental environment. Sharing is optional. Bring lunch, if you wish.

Date & Time: Tuesdays, April 21, 28 and May 5, 2020 from 1-3pm

Presenter: Karen Rippstein

Fee: $30 per session

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About the Presenter:

Karen Rippstein is a Certified Poetry Therapist, poet, and creative writing teacher. She teaches writing programs at colleges, senior centers, spirituality centers, libraries, and inter-generational programs at area schools. An ongoing recipient of Poets and Writers, Inc. grants and a member of the Poetry Caravan. Karen’s work has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines.

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