Jim Johnson, from Lakeshore Buddhist Sangha, facilitates formal meditation study and practice at ACEF.
Jim, Your Meditation Teacher’s Bio
Jim has practiced Buddhism for ten years. He teaches meditation, facilitates Lakeshore Buddhist Sangha, and visits inmates in local prisons as part of the SokukoJi Prison Project.
His teacher is Rev. Sokuzan Bob Brown of SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery in Battle Creek. He has also attended several teachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, including the Kalachakra for World Peace 2011 in Washington D.C. He lives in Norton Shores with his wife Sherri and two of their three children. They have two grandchildren.
Meditation is running into reality. It does not insulate you from the pain of life. It allows you to delve so deeply into life and all its aspects that you pierce the pain barrier and go beyond suffering.
— Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
Meditation is like training your mind. There are many techniques, each designed to unite body, speech, and mind to help us see the truth. It is simple to learn and practice, and it can be done nearly anywhere. You will learn both sitting and walking meditation methods, as well as proper posture and technique.
You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.
— Old Zen saying
The benefits of meditation are cumulative. It’s not something that you can merely learn about and know. The benefit comes from actually doing it, from practicing meditation.
Meditation is something anyone can practice. You don’t need to change your beliefs. Use whatever you learn to make you a better whatever-you-already-are.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing that will allow you some flexibility.
Meditation Practice and Study with Jim at ACEF
Please come and make use of the more formal meditation practice and study class offered by Jim and the Lakeshore Buddhist Sangha here at ACEF. Dedicate some time to cultivate your mind.
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