Zen is a form of Buddhism that emphasizes meditation and intuition. Zen meditation is gaining ground in Greensboro. As a few examples, there is a local meet-up group for people who practice Zen enlightenment and thought.* The Deep River Sangha, founded in 1999 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro, meets regularly. Also, Zazen, silent Zen meditation, is held every Sunday at 10am at Scuppernong Books on Elm Street.
The above photo aspires to represent the balance, harmony, and peace so valued in the Zen reflective experience. It was taken at Boba House Vegetarian Restaurant on Tate Street. The chrysanthemum was on the table and the lotus chandelier is reflected in the glass tabletop. The photo reminds us of the writing of New Age author, artist and Zen practitioner Natalie Goldberg, who spoke in Greensboro this past Thursday. She said that every object has the potential to become a painting. For us, every object has the potential to become a photograph. Trying to capture the spirit of Zen for our Sunday readers, we offer the chrysanthemum/lotus photo.
Happy Sunday; happy meditating, praying, thinking deeply. Look around, in Greensboro and beyond. Beauty can surface where we least expect it.
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